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Pumpkins, Scarecrows, and the Beautyof Fall!

Hello Friends!
It is 4:30 a.m. and here I am, sitting at the computer! "Why?", you ask. Well, as we all know Halloween week is an EXHAUSTING week for teachers and when I returned home yesterday after school, I was a complete SLUG! :)  I even had my pj's on at 7:30 p.m. Yes, I admit to being totally OLD last night! It definitely was NOT a Friday night LIVE for me last night! (smile) So, because I was in bed so EARLY last night, I am paying for it today; up REALLY early because I could not sleep any longer! I am sure my body will pay me back for the early rise and shine later today! Oh well, Halloween only comes once a year and now it is November - one of my favorite months! This is the view outside my window! The picture does not do justice to the rich red of the tree!

So, here are a few pictures of what we did this week......

I LOVE teaching the Pumpkin life cycle! We use the pumpkin as a part of our plant unit. We compare and contrast the life cycle of the pumpkin versus the apple. We do scientific investigations with the pumpkin.



 Here is the Pumpkin observation sheet we used. Click the image if you would like a copy of it!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1ubUzeAYMczenRSVU5panFpMnM/edit?usp=sharing


 We create a pumpkin life cycle book using cut and glue techniques - you know I love cut and glue over coloring pages! Here are a few examples of our pages..... You can find this activity in my Five Fabulous Pumpkin Literacy centers packet found HERE.




We did a cute scarecrow activity this week. First, I read "The Little Scarecrow Boy" by Margaret Wise Brown. In this book, the little scarecrow boy wants to grow up to be like his Daddy - a scarecrow who creates fierce faces to scare away the crows. Big Daddy Scarecrow tells his little son that he must grow up before being able to scare away crows, but Little Scarecrow Boy is impatient and sneaks out one one morning to scare the crows. He uses all his fierce faces, but finds out that his faces are not fierce enough yet to scare the crows. This story is a story that all children can relate to - the desire to grow up and be like their parents. I also love the "fierce" faces that the scarecrow boy uses! They are not too scary and silly enough to delight kids!


When we finished this book, my kiddos created their own little scarecrow boy. We folded a 6 inch by 18 inch piece of construction paper in half to create the upper body. The lower body is a 6 inch by 9 inch piece of construction paper that we turned into pants by drawing a triangle at the bottom of the paper and cutting out.  We added a circle head, a rectangle hat, and straw arms. Then the kids drew a "fierce " face onto their scarecrow. We added scrapbook paper patches on his clothes.



When this was complete, I gave my kiddos a writing sheet that said "My scarecrow's fierce face can scare a ................ " They drew a picture and wrote some words about their picture.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1ubUzeAYMczeFZsRHRHTHg5ams/edit?usp=sharing

When completed, they glued their words to inside of their scarecrow! Fun! Click on the image above to download a copy of the words!




Well, that's it for now! I think I might try going back to bed and grab a few more winks of sleep before the sun wakes up!

Until next time!

Blessings,

2 comments:

  1. These are adorable and great activities! I am jealous of your view from your window, it's beautiful!

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    1. I know! I don't think that tree has EVER been that red! The wind has been playing with it for the past day or so, though, so it has lost its luster that it had when I took the picture... boo hoo!

      Thanks for commenting!!

      Blessings,
      Cindy

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