Whether you celebrate Halloween or not, you might like to investigate pumpkins with your class.
The Life cycle of a Pumpkin
Check out this video to see a pumpkin growing:
and the story by Titherington, J, (1990), Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Greenwillow Books being sung on Youtube:
with lesson plans to go with the story on:
http://www.abcteach.com/directory/theme_units/pumpkins/ – for great worksheets
Check out these lovely materials for sequencing the life cycle of a pumpkin on: http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/7.shtml
and some beautiful photographic flashcards.
Here is a song to sing the different stages in the life cycle of a pumpkin:
Let’s grow a pumpkin
Tune: The farmer’s in the dell
Plant the pumpkin seeds. X 2
Plant the pumpkin seeds.
The rain begins to fall…
The sun begins to shine…
The sprout begins to grow…
The sprout becomes a plant…
The plant grows vines and leaves…
The vines grow yellow flowers…
The flowers turn into pumpkins…
The pumpkins grow and grow…
The pumpkins turn to orange…
Pick the orange pumpkins…
Inside a pumpkin
You will need a pumpkin or a slice of pumpkin, some shelled pumpkin seeds for the children to have for a snack.
Show the children the inside of the pumpkin. Point to the seeds and then show them the seeds you bought. Show them that the seeds they usually eat as a snack come from inside the pumpkin.
Finally, let the children eat the pumpkin seeds you bought.
Bring a pumpkin into class, show the children how heavy it is by letting them come out and try to lift it. Have the children guess whether or not a pumpkin will float. Draw a picture of a big bowl of water on the board. Let the children come out and predict by attaching the pumpkin flashcard on top of the water, if they think it will float or at the bottom of the bowl, if they think that it will sink. Then put the pumpkin in the water and let them observe the results.
Here are some units of work on pumpkins:
A Halloween pumpkin or a Jack O’Lantern can be a great opportunity to teach or revise the face vocabulary with young children.
Work on the intial sounds of the pumpkin face words. Now try mouthing the words and encourage the children to read your lips and guess which word you are saying.
/aI/ ‐ eyes
/ti׃/ ‐ teeth
/feI/ ‐ face
Check out the Dream English song My favourite pumpkin:
This is a real favourite with the 3 to 7 year-olds.
The children can also listen to the My favourite pumpkin book:
You could also practise the numbers
Ten Little Pumpkins
(tune of Ten Little Indians)
One little, two little, three little pumpkins.
Four little, five little, six little pumpkins.
Seven little, eight little, nine little pumpkins.
Ten little pumpkins at Halloween.
Get pumpkin flashcards to represent the song from: