The kids have been begging me to start exploring pumpkins, because my husband surprised us by buying a variety of pumpkins to decorate our classroom this fall. During our Exploration time, some started observing and documenting on their own!
Some noticed patterns on the pumpkins, or made patterns with pumpkins. Some documented what they looked like as they were displayed. They made a connection to our color inquiry by pointing out the different shades of orange! During station time, they measured pumpkins by weight and height and documented what they noticed.
Next, we explored the inside of the pumpkin. They loved to feel the insides. They documented the inside like we did the outside, labeling the parts and writing something they noticed.
They are taking their documentation very seriously! Some making sure they used the exact colors to match the pumpkins!
They came to the conclusion that the size of the pumpkin had no relation to the number of seeds! They also noticed that the size of the pumpkin did reflect the size of the seeds inside. The biggest pumpkin had the biggest seeds, the smallest one had the smallest seeds, etc! They are some very observant kids!
Next week, we will finish our pumpkin investigation and work on a couple projects. One will be the life cycle of the pumpkin. Another thing they have learned about pumpkins is that you can make many different things to eat out of pumpkins! In class, we will be making pumpkin pie and....believe it or not...pumpkin soup! They want to make the soup more than anything else! I will post about all of this next week!