This year, my team and I are really digging deeper into our standards and are evaluating our lesson plans critically. Instead of focusing on the activity, we are shifting our focus on what really matters - the objectives and the learning! For the past 8 years, I have used pumpkins for measurement activities in my classroom. I blogged about it here.
While fun and cute, these learning activities did not actually address many of our standards in Kindergarten! Most of the measurement tasks were too challenging and not developmentally appropriate for my students. They did not internalize the learning because they were not ready for these experiences yet.
We wanted to use pumpkins for learning, so we adjusted the student journal and activities to match our standards in science! Our students observed and investigated the physical properties of their pumpkins and recorded their learning in their mini-journals.
In literacy, my students practiced spelling their color words with this Pumpkin Write-the-Room...
And we described our creative pumpkins using adjectives on THIS FREEBIE:
We will be playing pumpkin sight word bingo this week. You can download this FREEBIE here!