Saturday, October 17, 2015

Pumpkins + Pumpkin Patch = Practice in Pumpkin Note-taking ~ Part 1


Let's begin with a pumpkin lesson!

Most years we have a pumpkin patch at our school.


We get three hay bales, corn stalks and set up a place to take pictures, and then lay out enough pumpkins for every student in the school. (I wish the picture did it justice.)
Each class goes to the pumpkin patch and there are bits of information scattered throughout the patch. The third grade teachers read the information to the kids. 

By 5th grade students have to gather the information themselves. 
For a couple of years, we purchased little booklets from Oriental Trading, but since they no longer carry the booklets, we had to create our own.
It is a simple foldable that can easily be used in a pumpkin patch with facts already set up.


Setting Up the Information:

make large paper pumpkins and wooden stakes. Add information to your paper pumpkins, laminate and use year after year. Here is some information to get you started:
  1. Pumpkins contain potassium which keeps your muscles and nervous system working properly.
  2. Pumpkins contain vitamin A.
  3. Vitamin A is great for your eyesight.
  4. Viamin A helps your body fight infections by boosting your immune system.
  5. The pumpkin flowers are edible.
  6. Pumpkins are used to make soups, pies, and breads.
  7. The largest pumpkin pie ever made was over 5 feet in diameter and weighed over 350 pounds.
  8. Pumpkin seeds can be roasted as a snack.
  9. Colonists sliced off pumpkin tops, removed seeds and filled insides with milk, spices and honey. This was bakes and made a tasty treat.
  10. Native Americans flattened strips of pumkin, dried them and made mats.
  11. Pumpkins are fruit.
  12. The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,140 pounds.
  13. Pumpkins are 90% water.
  14. 14. Pumpkin is a member of the cucurbit (gourd) family.
  15. It takes 85-125 days to grow a pumpkin depending on the variety.
  16. Pumpkins are grown on every continent of the world except Antarctica.

Need FREE a Pumpkin Pattern?

If you don't have the large ellison pumpkin die-cut, then you can just draw your own, or use this free pattern
{FREE} Rainbow Pumpkins {Creative Clips Digital Clipart}
Krista Walden is one of my favorite TpT artists, and she has this freebie above. Click on the picture to get your free pumpkins.

Need some FREE Backgrounds and Frames? Click Here! I was playing around trying to create stuff, and thought I would share: 

Backgrounds ~ Fall













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