FIRST GRADE

FIRST GRADE

 

 

Learn how to tell time>>> time monsters

  1. BE PREPARED
  2. PENCIL BOX PENCILS
  3. BOX CRAYONS AND MARKERS
  4. CRAFT PAPER
  5. AGE APPROPRIATE SCISSORS
  6. GLUE
  7. WATERCOLORS/TEMPERA PAINT
  8. FOLDER AT LEAST THREE/NOTE BOOK for mom a printer.
  9. A PLACE WHERE YOU ARE COMFY
  10. HAVE A GREAT DAY SMILE.

PARENTS KNOW NEED TO GET EXPENSIVE ITEMS .THE DOLLAR STORE /GENERAL DOLLAR AND EVEN DOLLAR TREE HAS WHAT NEED INEXPENSIVE.THE BIG PURCHASE WOULD BE A PRINTER BUT IF YOU PLAN TO HOME SCHOOL FOR A WHILE IT IS A GREAT INVESTMENT

 

 

The Tale of Mrs. Lady Bug

Arthur Scott BAILEY (1877 – 1949

PLEASE READ CHAPTER 1.
the tale of Mrs. LadyBug <this link is for audio]
This is are first book child can read easily the link connects the whole book for self reading or audio.
Chapter 1 online text for self reading link> MY E BOOK
Start your reading note book

  1. Write the title and author of the book in your reading notebook.

Math   1-20  counting

 

 

English.     Lesson 1: Naming words

neat we will be starting with unit one PLANTS .PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK IT WILL TAKE YOU .TO YOUR PAGE  plants.
Science :This is your cool science book.

MUSIC AND MOVEMENT: Time to stand up hoe about we do the…..Hokey Pokey…..

PLEASE TAP ME HOKEY POKEY

HOW DID YOU DO ?
DAY 2

GREAT LET’S GET STARTED

  1. Read The Tale of Mrs. Ladybug chapter 2
  2. AUDIO >CHAPTER 2
  3. this is only if you have not downloaded the book yet SELF READ>  chapter 2
  4. In your reading notebook
  5. In your own words .Tell what happened in the chapter to a parent or older sibling.  (It is normal at this age to have to ask leading questions. Ask, “Who was the chapter about?” “Where was he?” “What did he do?” “What happened when he did that?” “How did he feel about it?”

Math : look mom I can count 1 to 100 .

counting

Your doing great so proud of you high five.

DAY 3

  1. Read The Tale of Mrs. Lady bug Chapter 3 >Hidden Wings

Encourage questions from your child WHO,WHAT,WHERE,WHEN,HOW,?

ART :

color song The Primary Color Song

 

(Sing to the tune of Three Blind Mice)

 

Red, Yellow, Blue

 

Red, Yellow, Blue

 

I see you

 

Red, Yellow, Blue

 

You are the primary colors

 

You make all the other colors

 

I wish I was a color

 

like Red, Yellow, Blue

 

Grade: 1st grade

Time: one 60 min class

Materials:12″x18″ white paper
Red, Yellow, and Blue construction paper
Elmer’s Glue bottle
Colored markers

Learning Objectives: 

To introduce students to the three primary colors, and explain why they are so “powerful”.

Drawing large shapes.

Using scissors to “cut on the lines”. example pic.

get inspired. Mom make space on fridge for these works of art.

DAY 4

Read The Tale of Mrs. Lady bug chapter 4>  Rusty Wren Helps.

  1. In your reading notebook What is going on write down .

 

try to answer these questions.

 

  • who
  • what
  • where
  • When
  • how

Math : LETS Get up and move counting 1-100 click on link. THE ABC GANG

  • Practice, practice, and practice. Count anything and everything. Count forwards, count backwards, and see how high you can go. Take advantage of first graders’ love of having MORE!
  • If they play with it, they will remember it. Counting is one of the easiest math skills to incorporate into kids’ games and play time. Take a look at these fun counting activities and counting games to get you started.

Day 5

  1. Read The Tale of Mrs. Lady bug) Chapter 5>A Hard Shell.
  2. Tell what happened in the chapter. Remember to write it in your not book. Share with a parent or older sibling.

MUSIC AND MOVEMENT:LETS GET UP STANDING HAVE MOM OR DAD GRANDMA OR GRANDPA COME ON KNOW UP-UP.LETS MOVE
TAP THIS LINK                               LET’S DO THE TWIST

DAY 6

  1. Read the tale of Mrs. Lady bug Chapter 6> The Traveler
  2. Craft to go alone with your reading.
  3. Materials Needed:
    • Rocks
    • paint
    • wiggle eyes
    • craft glue
    • paint brushes

    Instructions:
    Go hunting for rocks. Rounder, flatter rocks work the best! Clean the rocks and let them dry.Once the paint is dry, glue on a couple of wiggle eyes. These ladybugs can be made into cute magnets, used to decorate a plant, or just played with!

  4. Start off by painting your rock or rocks red. Once the red is dry, use black paint to make the head, spots, and a line down the back.

Math.  counting  1-100 >fill in the missing number

 

ENGLISH.     Lesson 2 : Describing Words

SCIENCE

 

 

 

GAME

 

E-Review

 

Grade1/Chapter2-LifeCycleOfABeanPlant/

 

DAY 7

Read the tale of Mrs. Lady Bug. chapter 7 >A Handsome Stranger

MATH : Tracing numbers 1-10

DAY 8.

>  missing number game freebie
FROM FIRST GRADE OWL

EXTRA LINKS ::

Preschool and Kindergarten *Preschool/Kindergarten* (numbers, colors, shapes, alphabet, animals)
*Preschool Animals* (movies, create games, games, flashcards)
*Animal Kid’s Corner* (lower row – puzzles, matching games, painting)
*Geography* (learning and lower levels – states, countries, more).
*Early Math* (counting, simple adding and subtracting, more)
Elementary School – early Middle School
*Animal Kid’s Corner* (upper row for older kids, lower row for younger.)
*Preschool Animals* (movies and create activities)
*Math Games * (many levels and topics, many kinds of games)
*Nutrition for Kids* (food groups, information, other food games)
*Seasons for Kids* (painting activities, matching games, winter, fall, spring, summer)
*Grammar Games*(games, tutorial, verbs, adjectives, nouns, punctuation)
*Dinosaurs* (games, activities, movies)
*Geography* (8 levels of difficulty to choose from upon skill level).
*Brain* (brain teasers, puzzles and more)
*USA 4 Kids* (government, state facts, history, games and more)
*Science* (Life Cycle, Plant and animal cell, movies, games)
*Animals* (hundreds of articles and quizzes)
*Health* (Games about the systems, digestion, skeleton)

 

 

 

DAY 9
Printable number cards from adventures of a homeschool mom much thanks .

printables /number_cards_1-100.pdf

*play with flash cards shuffle cards and show one card at a time to child Ask child what number it is.
**another brain game  lay about 2 -5 cards out spacing them out so another card or two  fits in-between  lay the other cards out on other side and ask child to place the correct missing number you can do this as well counting by twos fives and tens .

missing number game:

This one is the same as above just a little different style.

What You Need:

foam fish cut-outs

paper clips

string/yarn

permanent marker

Prep:

  1. I used 20 fish cut-outs but you can write anything you want –

letters, spelling words, sight words, etc…

  1. Attach a paper clip onto front of each fish –

only put it in half way to leave room for hooking.

  1. Fashion a fishing rod out of string/yarn and an opened paper clip.

How To Play:

  1. Put fish face down into a tub with water.
  2. Let child hook fish & pull it out of water.
  3. Have child read the number.
  4. Repeat until all fish have been caught.
  5. Once all fish are out, have child put them in number order.

This was great practice for my preschooler who I am excited to announce

enjoyed this so much, she was begging to do it over & over again.

This was great practice for those fine motor skills (hooking the fish),

number recognition, counting and number order.

 

 

Just right click to print you may need to adjust size.

 

 

 

>>> Story books online free <<<

Day 10.

High Frequency Word Lists


First Grade

the    of   and    a   to    in   is   you    that    it   he    was

 

for    on    are   as   with   his   they   I    at    be    this    have

 

from   or   one    had    by    word    but    not    what    all    were    we

 

when    your    can    said    there    use    an    each    which    she    do    how

 

their    if    will     up     other    about     out     many    then    them    these    so

 

some    her    would    make    like     him     into    time       has    look    two    more

 

write    go    see    number    no    way    could    people    my    than

 

first    water    been    call    who    oil    now    find    long    down    day    did

 

get    come    made    may    part    over    new    sound    take    only    little    work

 

know    place     year     live    me    back    give    most    very    after    thing    out

 

just    name    good     sentence    man    think    say    great    where    help

through    much     before     line      right     too     mean    old    any    same    tell
boy

Student Writing Journal

Journaling is a great way for your students to write. Have them keep a monthly journal. You can either provide the topics or let them choose one of their own. Here is a writing journal that can be used in grades 1 through 6. It includes a writing page for each month of the school year. You can have your students write or teach them the writing process and have their final copy be in their journal. The writing process includes brainstorming, rough draft, edit/proofread, and finally publishing. It is always interesting to read what your students will write.
I love this site a big thanks to K6EDU.com
      We should be starting our journals here is a link to print out:

language_arts/pdf/writing-journal.pdf

The Ruler – Math Lesson Plans – 1st Grade

In this lesson, students shall apply the concept of measurement to solve problems involving two- and three-dimensional shapes by demonstrating an understanding of measurement, given familiar objects, to identify type of measurement required, estimate measurement, select appropriate tools and units of measurement, measure accurately, and use measurement to order a group of objects according to size. This lesson includes hands on activities that gives student the opportunity to use a ruler and record their findings. Students will learn that a ruler is marked with numbers, that each number represents a unit of measurement, and they will be able to use the ruler to measure objects in the classroom. Song can also be used with this lesson to help students remember that the Ruler is the king of measurement.

Lesson: The Ruler, The King of Measurement
Grade Level: First Grade
Concept to be taught: Introduce the ruler as a primary device of measurement.
Objectives:
1) Students will learn that a ruler is marked with numbers.
2) Students will learn that each number represents a unit of measurement.
3) Students will learn to use a ruler to measure many objects in the classroom environment.

Materials needed:
1) Copy of “The Ruler, King of Measurement” song for each child.
2) A ruler for each child (twelve inch with metric recommended).
3) Blank lined paper for child to collect data (not a worksheet).
4) Crown to color and tape to rulers.
5) Crayons, scissors and double-stick tape

Procedure:
1) Probe for prior knowledge by asking the following
questions and build from answers:
a) Has anyone met The Ruler, King of Measurement before?
(Hold up a crowned ruler)
b) What does a ruler have printed on it?
c) What do those numbers represent?
d) Who can show me with their fingers how big an inch is?
2) Tell the students they are going to learn what The Ruler, King of Measurement is, what he can do, and what we can do with him by listening to his song.
3) Speak the words to the first four verses of the song.
4) Show the students how to measure an object. Write the name of the object on the board and it’s measurement.
5) Sing the whole song through once.
6) Give students a crown to color and tape to their ruler.
7) Have the students’ select five objects, shorter than the ruler, to measure and record the measurements on their papers. This should be an open-ended activity, the child should write down the name of the objects they select and record the measurement.
8) Go over students findings together listing measurements in order from smallest to largest.
9) Close with the song.

Evaluation:
Select three objects. Place in front of classroom. Have each student, taking turns, measure one of the items of choice, record the results on the bottom of their data sheet and hand in the paper.
The Ruler, King of Measurement
(tune: Oh my darling)
I’m a ruler, I’m a ruler, I’m the king of measurement, With me you’ll do many things, I’m the king of measurement.
Hold me closely, hold me closely, To the thing you’d like to measure, With me you’ll do many things, I’m the king of measurement.
Read me carefully, read me carefully, Read my numbers carefully, With me you’ll do many things, I’m the king of measurement.
Record the number, record the number, That is why you’re using me, With me you’ll do many things, I’m the king of measurement.
I come in English, I come in metric, I come with both systems, you see With me you’ll do many things, I’m the king of measurement.
Keep me handy, keep me handy, You never know when you’ll need me. With me you’ll do many things, I’m the king of measurement.

 http://www.freeprintableonline.com/printables/customize/crafts/rulers/blue-wave-rulers-10-inches-#save_to_disk
Science      Lesson 3

GameE review

Your Own Garden

DAY 11

Music:

Musical Chairs

 

Level- K and up

 

Make a circle with chairs.

 

Have one less chair than there are students.

 

Play the music for about 20 seconds and then stop it.

 

When the music stops the children need to find a chair.

 

The person without a chair is eliminated.
Remove one chair and repeat until there is only one student left.

HEALTH:

Objectives:

 

Students will become more familiar with food groups.

 

Procedures:

 

1) Discuss the Food Pyramid with your students by listing the food groups and letting them give some

examples of foods that fit into each category.

2) Pass out worksheet and label the food pyramid together.

Assessment:
Allow students to draw and label pictures that belong in each of the food pyramid’s categories Here is link in blue to work sheets:

health/pdf/nutrition1-2.pdf

Math:

Counting by Two’s  – Skip Counting Lesson Plan

In the following math lesson, students will skip count forwards and backwards by twos and be able to create a skip counting activity or game. This is a great lesson that integrates math with music and dance. to print this out here is a linkhttp://www.k6edu.com/1stgrade/math/pdf/skip-counting-twos.pdf

Skip Counting by Two’s

Grade: 1
Time: 30-40 min.

Materials: number line, copy of “Five Little Speckled Frogs”, (song on poster board)

Pronged Focus:
– Math – skip counting by 2’s
Dance/Movement – leap frog counting, actions for song Music – backwards skip counting songs.

Student Objectives:
Students will:
1. Be able to skip count forward by 2’s
2. Be able to skip count backwards by 2’s
3. Be able to create skip counting activity or game
Teaching Procedure: Introduction:
1. Review counting by 1’s with students by resigning previously learned song. See Five Little Speckled Frogs song attached.
2. Introduce frog jumping number line. Development:
1. Demonstrate with number line the relationship between counting by 1’s and skip counting by 2’s.
2. Practice skip-counting technique both forward and backwards on number line.
3. Introduce and explain leapfrog skip counting activity to students.
4. Have students perform leapfrog skip counting activity.
5. Introduce new skip counting by 2’s version of Speckled Frog song. See Ten Green and Speckled Frogs.
6. Have students sing song with corresponding actions. Conclusion:
1. In groups of four have students create their own skip counting activities or games.

Assessment:
1. Evaluate student’s abilities to skip count both forward and backwards throughout lesson.
2. Assess creativity and completion of group activities or games.

Five green and speckled frogs sat on a speckled log,
‘Eating some most delicious bugs…yum, yum!
One jumped into the pool, where it was nice and cool.
Now there are four green speckled frogs…glunk, glunk!
(The song is complete when all the frogs have jumped into the cool pool!)
10 Green and Speckled Frogs
Ten green and speckled frogs sat on a speckled log,
Eating some most delicious bugs…yum, yum!
Two jumped into the pool, where it was nice and cool.
Now there are eight green speckled frogs…glunk, glunk!
(The song is complete when all the frogs have jumped into the cool pool!)

Language Arts:

 video book link**
>> harry and the lady next door.

 

Retelling The Main Event In Sequence

In the following lesson, students shall demonstrate comprehension of literal meaning through reading, viewing, or listening to nonfiction selections by: Retelling main events or ideas in sequence. In this lesson, students will be able to read, listen, and comprehend a fiction book as well as retell key points in the story in the order they took place. Retelling stories is a great way to tell if your child or students are comprehending the stories they are reading.

Grade Level: First/Second

I. Concepts: Retelling
II. Objectives:
-Students will be able to read, listen and comprehend a fiction book.
-Students will be able to retell the stories key points in the order they happened.
III. Materials:
-The book, Harry and the Lady Next Door, written by Gene Zion.
-At least 20 copies of, Harry and the Lady Next Door for the students.
-At least 20 pieces of writing paper.
-At least 20 copies of the song adapted from “Jennie Jenkins” found in the Wee Sing Fun N Fold songbook.
IV. Procedures:
A. Introduction
1.) Begin by telling the students that they are going to be learning and reading about an annoyed dog named Harry.
2.) Next, explain to the students that they are going to learn the reason why Harry is annoyed with the lady next door.
3.) Briefly explain that they will need to remember the key
points in the story.
B. Learning Activities
1.) Next, read the first chapter and after that teach them the first verse of the song, and discuss with the students what happened in that chapter. Do that for the rest of the chapters while learning the song.
2.) After the book has been read and all of the verses have been sung discuss what happened in the story from start to finish and then sing all the verses of the song together.
3.) After that let the students get together with another student and write their own short story and retell it to one another.
C. Conclusion
1.) Conclude by having the students share their experiences retelling their classmates short story.
2.) Let students share their stories and have the class retell it,
D. Extension
1.) Let students retell other stories in the future.
2.) Let students make up other songs with future stories they read.

V. Evaluation
-Students may now write and retell each others stories in their own words.
-Singing the song as many times as they need to understand the story.

“Harry and His Neighbors” (To the tune of “Jennie Jenkins”)
Harry loved his neighbors yes he did, yes he did,
Harry loved his neighbors yes he did,
All but one cause she sang so high,
She sang higher than the tooting whistle,
cooin engine, cows a mooin, band a playin’, fog horn blowin ship,
the singin lady next door.
Harry loved his neighbors yes he did, yes he did, Harry loved his neighbors yes he did, All but one cause he scared her fun,
Harry loved his neighbors yes he did, yes he did,
Harry loved his neighbors yes he did,
‘Cept for one cause she made the band be done………
Harry loved his neighbors yes he did, yes he did, Harry loved his neighbors yes he did, All but one cause in the end he one………

Day 12

Drawing Lines – Art Lesson Plan

Objective: Students will reinforce knowledge of line elements.
Grade Level 1-6
Materials:
Construction Paper
Crayons

Procedures:
1) Discuss the different types of lines such as straight, wavy, loops, curly, zigzag, etc.
2) Fold construction paper in half three times. This should give you eight boxes.
3) Have students fill each box with a different type of line.

 here is an sample you could use.
 >>art/pdf/lines2.pdf

Math:

Addition Race – 1st and 2nd Grade Math Game

This is a fun addition game that can be used to add digits as high as six. A great extension activity for those students who finish early. Students can work independently or in partners. Just roll two dice, add the numbers, together, and color in the sum. What a fun way to practice addition facts!!!\

RIGHT CLICK
ON PICTURE TO
PRINT RACE TO THE TOP .>>

 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES:

Recycling

In this social studies lesson, students shall demonstrate knowledge of the interactions of location, family, school and community, including an understanding of how to work to improve those locations. Students will be able to separate glass, plastics, cans, and white paper. Students will also understand that recycling helps keep the environment clean by reusing things instead of throwing them away. This lesson includes hands on learning as well as music that can be used as an extension.

Grade Level: 1-2
I. Concept to be Taught; Recycling

II. Instructional Objectives;
– Students will be able to separate glass, plastics, cans and white paper.
– Students will understand that recycling helps keep the environment clean by reusing things instead of throwing them in the garbage.

III. Materials;
– 4 waste baskets, boxes or bins labeled “glass,” “plastic,” “cans,” and “white paper.”
– song sheet with “There’s a Glass Bottle a Going.”
– examples of recycled glass, cans, plastics and white paper.
– 30-50 objects such as glass bottles, pop cans, white paper and plastic containers.

IV. Procedures;
A. Introduction:
1 . Show students the examples of the recycled glass, pop cans, plastic and white paper, but don’t tell them what it is.
2. Ask students if they can guess what the examples are. If the students are having trouble guessing, help the students out by telling them such things as “You can find these things in your house.”
3. Once the students have guessed what the pieces are than proceed to tell them that today they will learn how to separate objects into recycling bins so that they can help keep the environment clean by reusing things instead of throwing them into the garbage.
4. Explain to students that we need to separate the objects into special bins before we can make our old objects into new objects by recycling.
5. Sing the 1st verse of “There’s a Glass Bottle a Going.” (Make sure to introduce the song and sing the 1st verse once through so students know what the song is.) B. Learning Activities:
1. Show students a glass bottle and explain that all the glass materials must go in the glass bin.
2. Show students the glass bin and ask for a volunteer to put the glass bottle softly into the glass bin.
3. Sing the 2nd verse of the song.
4. Show students a plastic container and explain that all the plastic materials must go in the plastic bin.
5. Show students the plastic bin and ask for a different volunteer to put the plastic container in the plastic bin.
6. Sing the 3rd verse of the song.
7. Show students a pop can and explain that all the can materials go in the can bin.
8. Show students the pop can and other cans and ask for a different volunteer to put the can in the can bin.
9. Sing the 4th verse of the song.
10.Show students a piece of white paper and explain that all the white paper goes
in the paper bin.
11. Show students the paper bin and ask for a different volunteer to put the paper in the paper bin.
12. Sing the 5th and 6th verse of the song.
13. Put all verses together and sing all verses of “There’s a Glass Bottle a Going.”
14. Each student should get one of each of the materials that they just learned about.
15. Have students line up on each side of the bins and have students walk by the bins and place their objects in the right bins. Remind students that when they are done they should go back to their seats.

C. Conclusion:
1. Have students get into small groups. Than have each group go to a different classroom in the school and tell the students in the other classroom about recycling and how they need to separate the objects before recycling can take place. By presenting how toseperate objects in every classroom the whole school can have a school wide recycling project to help the community. (You may want to think about taping your class signing the song so that the students can teach the other students the song.)
2. Tell students that the class is going to keep the bins in the classroom so they can continue to recycle and help the community reuse things. Have students decide where the best place is to have the recycling bins (classroom, hallway, cafeteria.)

D. Extension:
1. You may sing the “There’s a Glass Bottle a Going”
2. Have students decorate the bins to keep in the classroom.

V. Evaluation;
1. Evaluate students on how they did presenting recycling to other classrooms. (You may ask for the other classroom teacher to evaluate how your students did since you cannot be in all places at one time or do half of the classrooms at a time and the other half at another time so you can walk from class to class and see how your students are doing. Modify the evaluation to fit the size of the school.)

Song Tune: There’s a Little Wheel a Turn in

1. We separate before we recycle
We separate before we recycle
Before…before…
We separate before we recycle

2. There’s a glass bottle going in the glass bin
There’s a glass bottle going in the glass bin
The glass bin….the glass bin…
There’s a glass bottle going in the glass bin

3. There’s a plastic container going in the plastic bin…
4. There’s a pop can going in the can bin
5. There’s paper going in the paper bin.
6. Recycling keeps the environment clean.
Recycling keeps the environment clean.
Clean…Clean…
Recycling keeps the environment clean

SCIENCE:

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/download/pumpkins/pumpkin_lesson.pdf

Pumpkins – Life Cycle of a Plant

The following lessons can be used for a science unit that can be used in 1st or 2nd grade. In this 3 day unit, students shall demonstrate knowledge of basic science concepts of physical science, life science, and earth and space science through direct experience, including an understanding of concepts related to everyday life through characteristic properties of objects, patterns, and how they repeat, and cycles. By the end of this unit, students should be able to explain the life cycle of a pumpkin, identify the stages of a pumpkin’s life cycle, and recognize a pattern in nature. Students will get excited about learning while doing the hands on activities included in this lesson.

First Grade Science Lessons/Unit
Life cycle of a plant – the pumpkin

Concept: the life cycle of a plant – the pumpkin.

Instructional objectives:
– students will be able to explain the life cycle of the pumpkin.
– students will be able to identify the stages of a pumpkin’s life cycle.
– students will be able to recognize a pattern in nature.

Materials:
3, or 4 small pumpkins (so students can work in smaller groups) Pumpkin, Pumpkin story by Jeanne Titherington
paper and a marker
pumpkin carving tools (or a sharp knife for the teacher to use)
life cycle picture cards
2 bowls (one with water in it)
old newspaper
2 cookie sheets
salt
access to an oven
container for baked seeds
pumpkin life cycle worksheets
copy of the pumpkin life cycle song
For centers:
dried pumpkin seeds dirt
plastic cups water
pumpkin carving tools more newspaper
pumpkin life cycle cards pumpkin theme books
orange Play-doh, tools and/or cookie cutters

Procedures:
– Day 1 –
1) Sit together in a circle, pass around a pumpkin, and ask the children what they know about pumpkins – make a list.
2) Read the story Pumpkin, Pumpkin.
(this story briefly explains the pumpkin life cycle)
3) Ask the children if they learned any other facts about pumpkins, add these facts to your list.
4) Cut open the pumpkin & let each child pick out a seed, ask them if they know why seeds are important.
5) Using the picture cards of a pumpkin life cycle, discuss the life of a pumpkin.
– show the cards one at a time beginning with #1, talk with the children about what they see on the card / what it is demonstrating.
6) After that discussion, teach them the pumpkin life cycle song,
7) Then explain to the students that today they will be cleaning the pulp and seeds out of the pumpkins and that they will need to save the seeds in the bowl provided. Students can help cover work space with newspaper.
8) When the pumpkins have been cleaned and the work area is cleaned up, bring the children back together in a circle.
9) Show the students the bowl of water. Explain that it is for seeds to be soaked overnight, so that tomorrow they will be able to split them open and see the embryo inside that starts the life of the pumpkin. Let each child add a seed (you can add a few extra in case of “problems” that may come up).
10) Let children go back to their small groups so they can lay the rest of the seeds out on cookie sheets to dry. Explain that some of them are for planting (tomorrow) and that you will be baking some for them to taste.
11) After class, teacher can salt (or not) and bake the laid out seeds for tasting tomorrow.
-Embryo idea from Scholastic’s “Let’s Find Out,” October 2000.

– Day 2 –
1) Show the children the baked seeds, pass them out so the students can taste.
2) As they are munching, bring out the list of pumpkin facts and review it with the children – ask if anyone has anything to add,
3) Ask the students if they recall the pumpkin life cycle song – sing it again!
4) Let each student choose a soaked pumpkin seed, show them how to split it open, explore the embryo inside.
5) Explain to the children that they will be working in centers;
a. pumpkin seed planting – teacher/aide/parent supervised.
b. pumpkin carving (be sure that all families approve because not all cultures celebrate Halloween-themes) – teacher/aide/parent supervised.
c. pumpkin life cycle picture cards; children can put in correct
order, then mix up again for the next student to try.
d. library – provide lots of pumpkin books to read/explore,
e. sensory – orange Play-doh;  add some tools and/or cookie cutters.

– Day 3 –
1) Ask the children if they can recall the life cycle of the pumpkin.
2) Ask the children if they know of any other plants/foods that begin as a seed.
3) Sing your song again, but substitute these other plants/foods in place of the “pumpkin’ word.
4) (Evaluation) Distribute a worksheet with pumpkin life cycle picture cards on it – mixed up, Children can color, cut, then glue them onto a long rectangle of paper in the correct order.

the life cycle of a pumpkin
(at day one….)
seed
(then about 7-10 days until you see….)
sprout / leaves
(about 2 months, 10 days later you will see….)
flower / green pumpkin
(at about 4 months, 10 days watch for an….)
orange pumpkin

Information taken from Scholastic’s “Let’s Find Out,” October 2000.

Pumpkin Life Cycle Song (Tune: “You get a line & I’ll get a pole, honey” tune)

Together let’s go plant a seed, in dirt
Together let’s go plant a seed, in dirt
Together let’s go plant a seed,
soon we’ll have a sprout to feed,

Vines & leaves grow next, you see,
Vines & leaves grow next, you see,
Vines & leaves grow next, you see,
they start a flower for you & me,
That flower hides a pumpkin green,
That flower hides a pumpkin green,
That flower hides a pumpkin green,
LOOK closely or it won’t be seen,

To turn bright orange it won’t take long,
To turn bright orange it won’t take long,
To turn bright orange it won’t take long, and
that’s the end of my pumpkin song,

/1stgrade/science/pdf/pumpkin-life-cycle.pdf

activity:

print this out to measure three inch wide.

After they were done coloring, I cut them out and punched holes in them in different places.  Seven was a lot for one kid to color.  I’d suggest only doing four or five.

also cut strips of the film and punched holes in it for hanging
Follow the instructions for shrinking and then hang them with fishing line.  They looked so pretty in the sunny window!

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