1-2-3 Come Learn About Pumpkins With Me!
Our pumpkin unit was one of my Y5's favorites. We culminated our apple studies and launched into pumpkins, with a field trip to an apple orchard, that also had a huge pumpkin patch. My little ones really enjoyed the tractor ride, and picking out a class pumpkin.
To empower my students, I designed activities that incorporated the same directions from the previous unit. I had already spent quite a bit of time explaining how various things were done, when we studied apples, so to save time, I repeated some of those activities only with a pumpkin theme.
My students were now familiar with the format and could get right down to business. This was a great self-esteem builder. Because the theme had changed, students' interest was high, and children whose "light bulb" had not come on with apples, had another chance to practice and reinforce those lessons with pumpkins.
Keeping that in mind, I wanted to turn some of the most popular apple downloads, into pumpkins, so that this time-saving concept would work for you too.
It usually took through November, before all of my Y5's could identify the flat shapes, so I made a Pumpkin Shape Matching Game like the apple one.
Likewise, the apple counting anchor charts with matching "What's Missing?" worksheets, were extremely popular, so I made a pumpkin set.
Click on the link to view/download the Pumpkin Counting Packet.
I also made pumpkin number cards.
This packet includes pumpkins numbered from 1-120; pumpkin number words 0-10, pumpkin tiles for counting, and a set of math symbols on pumpkins, so that you can show and make equations, plus a blank set of pumpkins to program with whatever. Click on the link to view/download the Pumpkin Number Packet.
Finally, there's also a Pumpkin Number Word Matching Game. Print, laminate and trim the cards. Students pinch a clothespin on to the number that matches the number word on the pumpkin.
If you mark an X on the back of the cards to show the correct answer, students can self-check their work. I made a set for apples too. All of these activities make wonderful independent centers, or something students can go do, if they finish their work early.
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