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					Final Unit Project

   Connie Richwine
   November 2009

   Kindergarten Level
      Pumpkin Unit
• Describe - Show class the Reynolds Farm website to show students what they will
  see on their field trip to the pumpkin farm.

• Read the book, Pumpkin, Pumpkin by Jeanne

• Explain - Present steps for the “life cycle” of the
  pumpkin through a power point. The steps are
  presented in the book, Pumpkin, Pumpkin. Use for facts about pumpkin and for a
  carve a pumpkin activity.
• Science - Put together life cycle pumpkin project. Color booklet
  pages and assemble into mini booklet. Access booklet pages at
  www.KIZCLUB.COM for sequencing booklet. Paint paper plates
  orange. They are cut on top for an opening, and stapled together
  with plate bottoms out. Draw a “jack-o-lantern face on both sides.
  There are 6 pieces that will be attached to a green piece of yarn, 30
  inches long

    – Paint 2 paper plates orange on the bottoms of the plates. Staple
      the plates together to make a pumpkin with a pocket in the
      middle, (see sample). You will place the life cycle booklet inside.
      Cut a green piece of yarn 30 in. long. Attach the following parts
      for the life cycle by tying each piece about 2 in. apart.

    – Cut brown construction paper 3 in. x 3 in. That represents the
      soil. Glue a pumpkin seed on the middle of the brown square.
    – Cut a piece of green crepe paper about 5 in. long and tie to the
      yarn spacing it about 4 in. from seed card. This is the sprout.
    – Have students cut out the next 4 steps. The pumpkin plant is
      drawn green construction paper for cutting out. Punch a hole
      and put reinforcer around the hole. Tie 4 in. from the sprout.
–   Cut out a light orange pumpkin flower, punch hole,
    and tie onto “vine ( green yarn ) 4 in. from plant step.

–   Cut out a small green pumpkin, punch hole,
    reinforce, add to vine.

–   Cut out larger orange pumpkin, punch hole,
    reinforce, and add to the “vine”.

–   Staple or punch a hole in corner of the top side of
    the plates and attach the vine to the plate with the
    seed card nearest to the plate.
• Religion lesson – Use the pumpkin shaped prayer card.
  Make copies on orange paper. Have students cut out
  the pumpkin shape. Give them each a piece of black
  construction paper, 4 1/2 in. x 6 in. Glue the pumpkin
  prayer to the construction paper. Read the prayer
  together and talk about what it means. Then carve a
  real pumpkin while reading the Pumpkin Prayer that
  begins with, “Dear Jesus”.

• Math Lesson –
• 1. Estimation lesson:
   a. Have children guess the weight of a large pumpkin
  and a small        pumpkin
    b.        Guess how many seeds are in the pumpkin.
  Have students help scoop out the seeds in the
  pumpkin. Then count the        seeds.
   2. Measurement: Ask the school nurse to bring the
  scale to the class room to weigh the pumpkins. See who
  came closest to the correct weight. Measure the height
  of the two pumpkins and compare the difference.
• Persuade – Culminating activity: language arts/art,
  “Build a pumpkin”. Use website and
  click on the pumpkin icon. Music – Use “5 Little
  Pumpkins” poem, and music found in the websites
  included throughout this report.

• Assess- Social Studies Go on field trip to Reynolds
  Farm. Discuss parts of a pumpkin and do worksheet
  about “What a Pumpkin Needs”.

 Extending activities – Bake pumpkin seeds for snack:
  Clean seeds in cool water and dry. Place 1 to 2
  tablespoons of olive oil on a jelly roll pan. Place dry
  seeds in a single layer on sheet. Sprinkle salt to taste.
  Place in oven @ 200 degrees. Bake about 20 minutes.
  Keep an eye on the seeds so they don’t overcook.; make
  pie, cookies, pudding, etc.
Other helpful websites:


Growing Pumpkins
 Life Cycle of a Pumpkin
               Step #1
• Plant a pumpkin seed
               Step #2
• The pumpkin seed sprouts
               Step #3
• The pumpkin plant grows
                Step #4
• A pumpkin flower grows.
               Step #5
• A green pumpkin forms.
               Step #6
• The pumpkin gets bigger and becomes
What Can You Do With Your Pumpkin?

• Carve it.
• Make pumpkin pie.
• Count the seeds.
• Bake the seeds for a snack.
• Guess its weight

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