Well, if you were hoping for Schedulin Sunday, I hate to share this news:  I’m on fall break.  A whole week off.  True story.  We’ve flown through 9 weeks of kindergarten already and are enjoying a much earned break!  I’ll be busy this week creating, planning, working on sessions for the upcoming Tennessee Kindergarten Conference and sleeping.  A lot!  
Since there’s no Schedulin Sunday, I thought I’d share some of our pumpkin madness from last week!  It’s a pumpkin explosion!  Get ready!
We finger-painted pumpkins!  We talked about how mixing colors makes new colors and we mixed red and yellow to make orange.  Cue the amazement!
I love the 50 cent shower curtains from Wal-Mart that I’ve had for 3 years.  We put these down when we paint and it makes clean up a snap.  It’s perfect for our no desks/no tables classroom!
We also made pasta pumpkins!  This is one of my favorites!  I dye the pasta wheels orange.  I give the ‘staches a pumpkin outline and the ‘staches glue the pasta onto the pumpkins!

We measured ourselves using pumpkins!  We talked about estimating and how we were making a SMART guess and then we estimated how many pumpkins tall we might be.  Each ‘stache got measured using our pumpkins. We recorded our guess and actual measurement on our paper.  Mr. Greg took a picture of each ‘stache and we will make it into a class book!
We learned the parts of a pumpkin and made brace maps!
We learned the life cycle of a pumpkin and of course, made silly hats!  Duh, it’s my class, of course there is a silly hat involved!

We learned about sink and float.  We predicted if our big heavy pumpkin would float or sink.  Then we conducted our experiment and BAM!  That crazy pumpkin floated.  Cue the amazement.  Cue the excitement.  Cue the ‘staches in awe.  We then discussed how the pumpkins are empty inside so they float!  
We ended our week of pumpkin partying with a can have are chart!  (We also did a KWL chart this week…but um…some cute kindergarten teacher was too excited for fall break that he forgot to take a picture….hmmmmm, wonder who that dork is?!)
And of course, there was some food involved!  Our Foodie Fun Friday for pumpkin week was:  making pumpkin pies!
Here’s the recipe:
1 cup of Vanilla pudding (1 pudding cup)
3 spoonfuls of pumpkin pie filling (or however many the kids wanna scoop in!)
mini pie crusts (I got my graham cracker crusts at Wal-Mart)
Mix pudding and pumpkin pie filling.  Scoop into the crusts.
You can bake them or not.  We have a toaster oven so we baked ours at 375 for 10 minutes.
EAT!  One ‘stache said:  “This is the best pumpkin pie I’ve ever had!”

And how about one more simple and fun math pumpkin idea?
I saw this on Pinterest and now I can’t find it…so if it’s your idea, please let me know so I can give you credit!
I put this together in 10 minutes today and spent $4.  Orange plates ($1 Wal-Mart,  White dot stickers $2, and clothes pins $1).
I put 1-20 stickers on the plates.  I chose white because of the contrast and it looks like….wait for it…pumpkin seeds!  BAM!  Each clothespin is numbered 1-20.  The clothespins are the…wait for it…PUMPKIN STEMS!!!!!!  I know right…how fun…how cheap….how simple…how much will the ‘staches love this?!  (It’s so awesome, that Butters, The CEO of The Kindergarten Smorgasboard came to the office and gave it a PAW of approval.  That means you’re all required to make this!  AND GO!)!
Our pumpkin week activities came from my Great Pumpkin creation!

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  • Reply Kandace October 6, 2014 at 3:15 am

    Hi Greg,
    I always enjoy your posts-thanks! I am wondering if your school has adopted the Next Generation Science Standards? You are doing some wonderful science in your room. I always seem to have trouble fitting it in…we have adopted NGSS so I am looking for some help.

    • mm
      Reply Greg Smedley-Warren October 16, 2016 at 7:43 pm

      As a school and district we have not officially adopted the NGSS. I plan my science with the NGSS in mind! And I’ve also created NGSS assessments for ESGI!

  • Reply myjb11 October 6, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Are the pies still good if you don't cook them? Do you have experience with that? I don't have anything to cook them with in my room.

    • mm
      Reply Greg Smedley-Warren October 16, 2016 at 7:43 pm

      YES! The Kids LOVE them!

  • Reply Greg Smedley October 6, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    We have not. I just decided that Friday would be science day. We don't have math on Friday, instead we do science and cooking!

  • Reply Greg Smedley October 6, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Yes they are! The other classes did the pies without cooking and they loved them!

  • Reply juliec September 11, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    I have something to add…. whip topping in the tub!
    same ingredients, no bake pumpkin pie. It is so yummy and rich! I have made it every year for the past 7 years. cool whip, vanilla pudding, pumpkin pie filling in a no bake crust… place in freezer/ fridge to eat for afternoon snack!

  • Reply Heidi Morgan October 16, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Just wonder Greg how you manage these activities which may need supervision(finger painting, cooking, etc)? Are they rotating through stations? Are they coming to you in small groups? Just trying to wrap my head around how I might be able to do this with 23 students by myself.

    • mm
      Reply Greg Smedley-Warren October 16, 2016 at 7:41 pm

      The cooking and art activities are done whole group!

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