Mrs. Burt & Mrs. Clanton
We have been discussing the season of fall and of course pumpkins go with fall. The girls visited the farm earlier and our horticultrist showed the girls where she had planted seeds in the summer for us to have a pumpkin patch this fall. She invited us back often to see the progress the seeds had made. The girls wanted to know how this was going to happen so the focus of our pumpkin project was to investigate how the pumpkins grow. We read the Big Book Growing Pumpkins and began to learn about them.
On our first trip to the pumpkin patch we saw a lot of vines and big green leaves that were all over the garden. Someone noticed that there were beautiful flowers growing in the vines and leaves and with a closer observation we saw that at the end of the flower was a tiny round ball which was going to be a pumpkin.
On our next trip we were so excited to find big pumpkins. Some were green and some were orange. Mrs. Riddle explained that that the green ones were not ripe yet and would not be ready for harvest until they were orange,
We were able or select one green pumpkin and one orange pumpkin to bring back to our class to compare. We cut the tops off each of them and observed the differences. Everyone got to put their hands in and clean out the seeds and we discovered how the green pumpkin was hard to clean out and that the seeds were not very big yet.
We did observational drawings of our pumpkins - first with a pen and then we water colored our work. We all feel we know so much about pumpkins and how they grow.