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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, and More Pumpkins!

This is the week for teach the pumpkin life cycle in preparation for our field trip visit to a local farm!  So, I wanted to take a bit of time to tell you what I am doing:

First off, I am going to be looking at these books:

Gail Gibbons in a no fail read on this subject!

My coworker, Courtney, shared her plans with me and introduced this book, Pumpkin Jack to me!  Yay for Courtney.  I love team players!  Courtney has been a great edition to my team.  She is so sweet!

I always try to have a book on hand that all of my kids can read on their own if they want to.  This week I chose From Seed to Pumpkin.  I think all of my kids can related to this!

I will also be using these little shapes that I got from Amazon.  There are 500 in the bag!  Surely this will last me through the month as I practice ten frames, place value, and addition with my students!  I am going to give them 2 sets of 10 with the option that if all 20 are there at the end, they can choose one of the shapes to take home.  I want to deter the 5 finger 'collecting' that goes on with 7 year olds!!

I am learning that You Tube is an AWESOME help in teaching this group of kids.  They will pay attention to the videos and can usually tell me what they just saw.  It is great to use for shared reading, too, if you find a poem or song with lyrics.  I've also learned that if I put my videos here, I can use the link to access You Tube and bypass 'the system'!!  Here are a couple that I picked out for this week:

Pumpkin Life Cycle

Spookly the Square Pumpkin

I am also going to be using:

by Robin Sellers at TpT

In the non-pumpkin area, I am going to be using these:

I hope this helps! Stay tuned for more this week!  Oh, and I updated my post that contains all of the math songs from You Tube that I have been using...there are more songs!  You might want to check it out!

1 comment:

  1. We're doing pumpkin stuff right now too. Great resources. I've not heard of Pumpkin Jack but I'll be looking for it! Thanks.


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