Pumpkin Peek at My Week with freebies included!

Hi everyone!

    It's that time again for Sunday lesson planning!  It's been in the 90's here the past three days, and the rest of the week looks like it's going to be just as bad : ( Our office is easily ten degrees hotter than the rest of the house for some reason, and  I am just so tired of the heat!  My husband and I decided it wasn't getting any cooler in San Diego, so we splurged a little, and bought a single room AC for the bedroom.  This weather is miserable, but it's a little more bearable when you can get a good nights sleep!  Anywho, I am prepping for a week full of pumpkins with this Peek at My Week!

I lined up my phonological awareness curriculum, Kinder Literacy, science, and art to all match my pumpkiny theme.

I love pumpkin week, and my students get so excited about it!  I love doing pumpkin dissections with them.  Making them reach inside and pick out seeds themselves never gets old.  I love the comments they make, "Are you trying to make me vomit?" Hahahahaha!!! I love bringing in pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, and roasted seeds for them to try.  Now that I think about it, most of my favorite weeks in Kindergarten revolve around food! Hello apples and gingerbread!

To begin our dissection, my students feel the outside of the pumpkin, and we come up with adjectives to describe how it looks and feels.  We cut the top off and use our 5 senses to describe what we see inside.  We scoop out seeds to glue on to our papers, and add yellow string to imitate the pulp.  If you would like a copy of the pages we use for our dissection, click on the picture below, and it will take you to the freebie!

During science time, we talk about the pumpkin life cycle.  We learn pumpkin vocabulary, and even get a chance to plant our own pumpkin seeds, in the hopes that they will one day become a big beautiful pumpkin like the one we dissected!  I use the resource below to reinforce the pumpkin life cycle.  If you would like a copy of it, just click on the link below.


I found this really cool art project on pinterest today, and I can't wait to try it!  I love the idea of mixing black paint into the glue to give it that interesting texture, and I've never used salt to add dimension to any art work, so this should be interesting!

I hope all of you are in areas that are enjoying cool, fall weather!  Put on your riding boots and vests, drink you pumpkin spice latte's, and think of me! : )  Have a wonderful week everyone!

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