by Jeanne Titherington
read aloud kindergaren, readability grade one
Jamie plants a pumpkin seed and it grows and grows really big. In the fall, Jamie harvests it and carves it into a jack-o’lantern for Halloween, but he makes sure that he saves six seeds so that he can plant them in the spring. This book is a simple book to read during Halloween or even for a seed unit because it emphasizes the cyclical nature of plants. It also has beautiful illustrations that capture the feelings of spring, summer, and fall.
- Display a real pumpkin. Have students estimate the number of vertical lines on the pumpkin, and record their estimations on chart paper.
- Count all of the lines with the class and record this ‘actual’ amount. Whose estimation was most accurate?
- Trace your finger around the circumference of the pumpkin, and explain that this is the circumference.
- Label the pieces of paper with the titles “too short”, “just right” and “too long”.
- Get children to cut a piece of string based on their estimate of what will be necessary to go around the pumpkin.
- Have each child come up with their piece of string and let them try to wrap it around the pumpkin.
- Place a piece of tape on the end of their string, and let them tape it to the appropriate paper- “too short”…
- Cut out the top of the pumpkin and have students come up, look inside, and estimate how many seeds are in it.
- Record estimations.
- Gut pumpkin, dry out seeds, and count them the next day with the class. Whose estimate was the closest?
- Roast some of the seeds with butter and eat, but remember to save some so that you can plant them in the classroom in the spring time.