Pumpkins


Pumpkin Plant (vine)

Objective: Children will learn the sequence for the  growth of a pumpkin and parts of the plant.

Preparation:

  • Find drawings or pictures of pumpkins and pumpkin patches from books, magazines or old calendars.
  • Print out the attached book template for children to illustrate.  Print on 8.5 X 14 in. legal paper. Pumpkin sequence book Cut in half lengthwise to make 2 books. Accordion fold the book.
  • Have crayons or colored pencils.
  • Have a pumpkin.
  • Decide on a book to read.
    • Suggested books: It’s Pumpkin Time  by Zoe Hall   I Like Pumpkins by Jerry Smath

Lesson:

Cut pumpkin in half and discuss the seeds and rest of the pumpkin.  Show the children the inside of the seeds and discuss how they can be roasted and eaten. (Possibly let them taste roasted pumpkin seeds.)  

What are some uses for pumpkins?  Jack-o’-Lanterns, pumpkin butter, pies, custard, bread, cookies, soup.

Read a book or discuss pumpkins while showing pictures.

Discuss the sequence of the growth of a pumpkin:

  • Seed
  • Sprout
  • Small green pumpkin
  • Big orange pumpkin

Discuss parts of the plant:

  • Stem
  • Leaf
  • Root
  • Flower
  • Fruit

Possible discussion questions:

  • What do plants need to grow? water, fertile soil, sunshine.
  • What are some other plants besides pumpkin plants?  trees, tomatoes, etc.
  • How do plants make their food? Photosynthesis: Photo synthesis is the process by which plants capture and use light energy to convert carbon dioxide and water into glucose.
  • In what seasons do we plant, and harvest pumpkins?

Activity:  Pumpkin Book

  • Have children illustrate the book. 
  • Discuss each page as they work.

For more educational tips and information visit www.phonicsbyspelling.com

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