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Learn about pumpkins here with “The Pumpkin Book”
Social Studies, Science, Language Arts
Title – Pumpkin Book
By – Robin
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Secondary Subjects – Science, Social Studies
Grade Level – 2-3
Title: Pumpkin Book
Children will learn the basic history, agriculture, and life cycle of pumpkins. Students will be able to construct a similar book for their classroom based on what they learned.
► Students will recite and list adjectives to describe pumpkins.
► Students will categorize different facts from the book on the poster board pumpkins.
► Students will write a reflective paragraph based on the facts they enjoyed learning most.
► Students will color their pumpkin picture after completing their paragraph.
► Students will decorate classroom pumpkins with magic markers.
► Four large poster board pumpkins labeled: adjectives, history, growing, decorate & enjoy.
► Lined pumpkin page worksheet (not required)
► Five to eight small pumpkins. (enough for groups of 2 or 3 to work with)
► The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons
► Cover for classroom book with class name, assignment, and date.
Time: 45 mins to 1 hour
Students will describe the pumpkins on display using adjectives and descriptive words. Responses will be put on the “adjective” poster board pumpkin.
1. Students gather on rug or community area with pumpkins and book. Poster board pumpkins are displayed beforehand to peak the students’ curiosity and interest.
2. Teacher will initiate lesson by having students brainstorm words of detail and adjectives to put on the first poster board pumpkin.
3. Teacher will read the pumpkin book.
4. After concluding the book, the teacher will guide students through each category (history, growing, decorate & enjoy) to find out what facts were learned in the book.
5. Discuss what was learned by reviewing and rereading the responses.
6. Children return to their seats to write a reflective paragraph about what they enjoyed learning the most. (Pages can be left on their seats before hand to provide for a smoother transition once they leave the rug or area.)
7. Children will color the pumpkin on the top of their page as they finish writing their paragraphs.
8. Children’s papers will be collected to make classroom pumpkin book.
9. Students will work in groups to decorate classroom pumpkins with magic markers.
10. Children will share pumpkins and describe them using detail words.
Reiterate that the pumpkin paragraphs will be used to make a pumpkin book. The classroom pumpkins will stay on display to show the uniqueness of pumpkins and how each one is different just like we are. Students will verbally describe the newly decorated pumpkins using their new adjectives and details.
Assessment: The successful completion of the assignment will include their completed page with pumpkin and paragraph indicating a new idea or fact they have learned; a decorated group pumpkin consisting of a variety of line and color to show creative decorating abilities.