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Looking Closer at Pumpkins

Monday, November 17, 2014

We did not have an in-depth inquiry about pumpkins since we have been digging deep into architecture, engineering and block making as you saw in the last post.  But we had pumpkins and gourds at our "Look Closer" table, and a lot of exploring and noticing went on there! Here are some photos that capture some of the learning moments with pumpkins and gourds. 

We picked four different sized pumpkins and the kids predicted which would have the most seeds. 

They had a great sensory experience digging out thhe seeds and separating them from the pulp!

Each table had the seeds from one of the pumpkins and counted them into groups of tens. 

I took a picture of the seeds from each table and projected them onto the promethium board so that we could count them all by tens together. The kids were of coarse trying to count the groups on their own also while they were at their tables. 

After counting them by tens, we found out that the biggest pumpkin did have the most seeds, but the smallest one only had 20 less!  They were very surprised by that!

On our last day before break, the kids begged me to cut open all of the tiny pumpkins and gourds so they could see the seeds inside of them and explore. Of course I had to oblige! 

We are now on break and will start something new when we get back! I wonder what it could be? Also stay tuned for a post about our Friendship Feast! It was amazing!


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