Thursday, November 13, 2014

Pumpkin Day

We had a great time celebrating Pumpkin Day on October 31!  Students were elbow deep in hands-on learning.  :)  With the help of Mrs. Shirk's husband, Mr. Shirk, we carved two pumpkins.  Each student was able to reach inside to retrieve pumpkin pulp and pumpkin seeds.  This was a great way to connect to the pumpkin life cycle we read about earlier in the week.  After cleaning the seeds, we counted them into groups of 10 to see how many we had!  Each group voted for the eyes, nose, and mouth design and tallied the votes to see which had the most.  Next, we carved a white pumpkin.  Students were excited to discuss how it was the same as the orange pumpkin (same size, shape, texture, etc) and how it was different (different colors, white pumpkin was juicer and had smaller seeds, etc).  Last we had a taste test with Pumpkin Delight cakes, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pie, and homemade pumpkin juice!  Students were diligent in their task to taste each item and form an opinion before enjoying their treat (and even asking for seconds!).  We also did a graph with the Harvest Mix candy corn & pumpkins.  Thank you to everyone who helped make our Pumpkin Day such a special time!

Pumpkin Day 1 Pumpkin Day 2 Pumpkin Day 3 Pumpkin Day 4

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