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Time for pumpkins


To do beforehand:

Send home the new unit note.

Prepare the newsletter for the theme.

Check supplies.


Print the reproducibles for the week.

Make enough copies for your children.

Send the fieldtrip notes and prepare the tags.

Prepare the Family Fun Pack.

Make a beautiful Bulletin Board to decorate your class.





Explain that during the next days they are going to learn about apples.

Write on the board or on a sheet of paper:


Invite children to tell you things they already know about the topic.

Keep the list until you have completed the theme.

On posterboard print some Family words. Let the children come in small groups to decorate the signs with glitter, markers, stickers.

Brainstorm a list of descriptive words for pumpkins

Vote about your favourite recipe with pumpkins



We reviewed some sight words with these pumpkin cards









4 funny pumpkins grow in the farm 


4 funny pumpkins grow in the farm

the farmer came and took 1

then there were 3

3 funny pumpkins grow in the farm

the farmer came and took 1

then there were 2

2 funny pumpkins grow in the farm

the farmer came and took 1

then there was 1

1 funny pumpkins grow in the farm

the farmer came and took it

then there was none



I'm a little pumpkin
Tune of "I'm A Little Teapot" 

I'm a little pumpkin short and stout; (Squat down with hands on hips)
Here are my eyes and here is my mouth; (Point to each part as named)
When it's Halloween and you are out (Point to audience)
Just lift my lid and hear me shout. (Pretend to lift lid)
BOO! (Jump up and shout BOO!) 






Blow up a round balloon. Dip orange yarn into a mixture of one part glue and one part water. wrap yarn around the balloon until completely covered. Let dry, then pop balloon, use black craft foam to make face.


I bought some plastic pumpkins and made counting mats for kids to sort pumpkins in the correct card.

We also practised Adding and Substracting with Pumpkin Mats











We also worked on some shape recognition using these cards






Orange mix:
Fingerpaint with red and yellow paint.

Orange
 I like orange
I like orange
O-r-a-n-g-e
I like orange
I like pumpkins.
I like oranges.
O-r-a-n-g-e-s
I like orange.


Orange Collages
Set out sheets of white  construction paper, scissors and glue. Let the children look through magazines to find  pictures. I printed the questions in a white piece of paper. They had to look for colourful things in magazines and made a poster


Pumpkin Pancakes: add pumpkin pie spice to your regular pancake recipe.
Grill and serve, they don't even need syrup!



This is the time you “wrap up” the work.

Let children reflect about what they learned.

Discuss about things they liked and didn’t like.

Use this time to assess the teaching strategies

Gather the children in a group at the conclusion of the study of the theme.

Write on the board or on a poster

“Things we learned about pumpkins”

Invite children to tell you something about they have learned.

Prompt questions such as “What have we done during this week?” “What were we talking about?”

Make a list of all the things children say.

Read the first list you made with the group at the beginning of the unit.

Say “These are the things we write at the beginning. Do you remember?” “Now, this is what we have learned

At the beginning of the theme send home a note to parents stating for the theme the children will be learning about for the next few days,.

Suggest some ways families can be involved in the topic of study, for example:

Include the titles and authors of some of the children’s books about the theme.

Invite parents to look for these books in the library, check them out and read them with their child.

Send home some of the finger plays, rhymes, songs, poems that you have used with the children. Print them on colorful cards and record the children singing or chanting. Invite families to sing and rhyme with their children.


Ask families to send pictures or books or stuff related to the topic.


Apples here, apples there!



To do beforehand:


Send home the new unit note.


Prepare the newsletter for the theme.


Check supplies.


Print the reproducibles for the week.


Make enough copies for your children.


Send the fieldtrip notes and prepare the tags.


Prepare the Family Fun Pack.


Make a beautiful Bulletin Board to decorate your class.




Explain that during the next days they are going to learn about apples.

Write on the board or on a sheet of paper:



Invite children to tell you things they already know about the topic.

Keep the list until you have completed the theme.

On posterboard print some Apple words. Let the children come in small groups to decorate the signs with glitter, markers, stickers.


Brainstorm a list of foods that come from apples.

Brainstorm a list of fruits.

After observing and touching a green, yellow and red apple of varying sizes, each child contributed a descriptive word to a predictable chart about apples.

Match upper and lower case letters





The apple tree

Way up in the apple tree, (reach arms up high)
Two little apples were looking at me. (thumbs and index fingers touch, and circle eyes)
So I shook and shook and shook that tree,(shaking motion three times)
‘Til all those apples came down to me. (bring arms from high to low)
Mmmmmm. Good! (pretend to bite the apple)



I Like Them All
Apples big (arms out wide)
Apples small (hands close togther)
Guess what?
I like them all!


Apple Trees
Put red, green, yellow and brown paint at the easel. Hang many pictures of apple trees around your easel and classroom to inspire your kids.


Apple Prints

Cut several apples in half, some horizontally and some vertically.  Wipe excess moisture from cut sides of apple by pressing onto paper towels.  Provide students with a shallow pan of tempra paint and appropriate sized paper.  Have them dip the apple into the paint and press onto the paper to make apple prints. 


10 Red Apples
10 red apples grow on a tree (hold up both hands up high)
5 for you (place one hand in front of you)
5 for me (place other hand in front of you)
Let's shake this tree, together--like so (pretend to shake the tree)
And the 10 red apples will fall below.
(Count each finger) 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10


Collect the apple seeds from your different apple projects and you can use those for a math activity. Cut out apples using the Ellison die-cut. Using white paper, cut out an "inside" for the apples and glue it to the die-cuts. Program the apples with numbers 1 - 10; laminate. Have the students count out the correct number of apple seeds to match the number. 
Estimate the number of apple seeds in one or two apples. Count the seeds and compare which has more, less, the same.





Graphing Apples

Taste test red, yellow and green apples. Then make a graph of the class favorite.

Compare apples with another fruit such as an orange. Make a Venn diagram or use a graphic organizer to compare and contrast.
Discuss how apples are transported from the orchard to the supermarket.

Take a field trip to an apple orchard and/or supermarket.

Where are apples located on the food pyramid? Talk about the importance of fruit in daily diet. Name some other fruits.
Apple Sauce Snack 



This was the first year I'd ever made homemade apple sauce. It is definitely worth the effort. Yum!! Even the kids gobbled it up!
Peel and core about 8 apples. If you want to involve your students, slice the apples and allow them to cut them into chunks using plastic knives. Place the apples, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup brown sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon into a crock pot or slow cooker. Cook for at least a couple of hours or until apples are mushy. Cool and serve.

Apple Muffin Snack 



Make apple muffins using a prepackaged oatmeal muffin mix. Add a cup of peeled and chopped apples and bake as usual.


Read some Johnny Appleseed books, discussing folk legends or using map skills to plot his travels. Make a Johnny Appleseed puppet.

Read some books about apples like 

The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons
The Apple Pie Tree
I Am an Apple by Jean Marzollo
Johnny Appleseed by Steven Kellogg
Johnny Appleseed by Madeline Olsen
Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell
Big Red Apple by Tony Johnston
This is the time you “wrap up” the work.

Let children reflect about what they learned.

Discuss about things they liked and didn’t like.

Use this time to assess the teaching strategies

Gather the children in a group at the conclusion of the study of the theme.

Write on the board or on a poster

“Things we learned about apples”

Invite children to tell you something about they have learned.

Prompt questions such as “What have we done during this week?” “What were we talking about?”

Make a list of all the things children say.

Read the first list you made with the group at the beginning of the unit.

Say “These are the things we write at the beginning. Do you remember?” “Now, this is what we have learned

At the beginning of the theme send home a note to parents stating for the theme the children will be learning about for the next few days,.

Suggest some ways families can be involved in the topic of study, for example:

Include the titles and authors of some of the children’s books about the theme.

Invite parents to look for these books in the library, check them out and read them with their child.

Send home some of the finger plays, rhymes, songs, poems that you have used with the children. Print them on colorful cards and record the children singing or chanting. Invite families to sing and rhyme with their children.

Ask families to send pictures or books or stuff related to the topic.


October is almost here!

What can you during October? I made this list with ideas to make every day count!

O is for October and for…

Put October words in abc order

Use the October words to write a story. Draw and colour a picture to go with it.

Use the word October to make new words.

Can you say a word that rhymes with September?

What do you like doing in October?

How many vowels are there in the word October? And consonants?

Clap the word October. How many claps can you hear?

Make a list of things you want to do this October

Plan a trip. What would you take with you and why.

Can you think a word that rhymes with bat?

Design a funny costume for Halloween

What’s your favourite treat?

Write 5 important Halloween safety rules

Write a mystery about a dark October night. Draw and colour a picture to go with it.

Write a story about a mystery pumpkin

Do you like pumpkins?

What’s your favourite pumpkin recipe?

Write the steps to make a jack-o-lantern


Happy October!

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