This hands on integrated unit incorporated Language Arts, Math and Science. This was an engaging and hands on way to include many standards in a fun and meaningful way . The children were engaged and learning!
Day 1 Observations, Adjectives and Predictions. We even named our Pumpkins!
Day 2 Measuring
Day 3- Messy Weighing Day
Day 4 Counting seeds by 5s or 10s and making a poster.
What Pumpkin was the Heaviest? Lightest? Had the most seeds?... and more questions were answered as we built this chart together.
We ended the integrated math/science pumpkin unit of study by examining and answering questions of graphs I generated using student data. They enjoyed seeing who had the most/least seeds, heaviest/lightest etc. They were surprised that the size of the pumpkin did not determine the number or weight of seeds.
Once the children examined the graphs, they were asked to organize their data into a popplet. This simple app called Popplet allows a student to create Graphic Organizers ( G.O. Charts) using pictures, drawings or type written information. It is very visual and organized. They were given back all their completed worksheets in a stapled book as a resource to complete this final project. It was a motivating way for the children to look at all they had learned about their pumpkin . I was also able to print these popplets for display as well.
We have begun our math and science unit with three pumpkins and two silly teachers...
Pumpkin math is a fun way to predict and gather data we then organize & look at in a variety of ways. We then graph and compare everyone's data and make a Popplet. Working in small teams we began week 1 gather data before we opened the pumpkins. Head on over to science for some pumpkin science as well....