Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Pumpkin, Pumpkin . . .

This week we read the story Pumpkin, Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington. 
Pumpkin Pumpkin
After reading the story we talked about how a pumpkin grows from a seed, to a sprout, to a flower, to a green pumpkin, then a small orange pumpkin, and then finally a full grown PUMPKIN!  I wanted the students to be able to share this story at home.  I gave each student to paper plates to paint orange. 
Then each student colored and cut out the life cycle of a pumpkin. 
After each student had colored and cut out the parts we stapled them to some fun, root looking yarn.  Next, we stapled the end of the yarn that was attached to the small orange pumpkin to the plate.   (This allowed the students to pull out each phase of the cycle as they told the story.)  We then stapled the two plates together to make a pocket and added a stem
pumpkins start as a seed
 then they grow a stem and a flower

after the flower, comes a green pumpkin, and an orange pumpkin
The students LOVED the craft and they were excited to take it home to share it with their families.

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