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Math, Science, Literacy and the Arts: Pumpkin Study

This seasonal and popular month-long study, integrating math, science, literacy and the arts, begins with a trip to the Great Pumpkin Patch where students have the opportunity to pick their own pumpkins. Back at school, they document their experiences the trip through drawing, as teachers write down their words and turn the drawings into a classroom book.

Students explore their pumpkin using all their senses. During circle time everyone closes their eyes and feels their pumpkin sharing with the group their discoveries, using descriptive words such as "curvy," "twisty," "bumpy," "deep," "hard," "rough," "cold," round," "smooth," and "gritty." They then repeat this activity with their eyes open, observing how their pumpkin is "dark orange," "sandy," "speckled," medium-sized," "has black ribs," and "a spotted green stem." Every pumpkin is unique as each student attends to the color, shape, size, mass, texture, and other physical features of her or his pumpkin. Continuing this exploration, the students draw their pumpkins, describe them using inventive spelling, and use interlocking cubes to measure their height recording and comparing the results. As students learn more about their individual pumpkins, the BIG pumpkin arrives in the classroom.

As a class, we look closely at the big pumpkin, examine and touch it, and make guesses as to how much it weighs. To compare the different weights of the students with the weight of the pumpkin teachers first weigh each student and chart the results. Now its time for the students to make their predictions; will the pumpkin go up when they stand on the seesaw (fulcrum), will it go down, or will it stay straight? Each student excitedly takes their turn and records what happens. Finally we compare our predictions to our findings and discuss what we learned. .

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