Sunday, October 16, 2022

What can we learn from pumpkins?

October and the pumpkins are everywhere! The traditional color of pumpkins is bright orange. But students will discover if they carry out their own research that there are red, white, blue and green pumpkins. Today, pumpkins are associated with Thanksgiving as well as Halloween.

Pumpkin carving is the traditional way that many people celebrate Halloween. Carving is a rather simple thing to do but there are of course master carvers who create fantastic art from the ordinary fruit.  The tradition to carve a Jack-o-Lantern comes from an Irish myth about Stingy Jack. He tricked the devil so God did not allow Jack into heaven and the devil did not let him into hell. Jack is forced to wander around and people in Ireland started to carve faces out of turnips to frighten Jack away. 

The delicious smell of pumpkin soup is a sign of October. But how do you make pumpkin soup? And what else can you make from pumpkins? Students love using a Fact Booklet to learn about this special fruit!

Yes, pumpkins are actually a fruit and not a vegetable. So even if the pumpkins that we eat in October are not sweet, pumpkins grow from the flowering part of the plant and hold their seeds in their flesh.  The word pumpkin comes from the Greek word   “peopon”, which in English, translates to “large melon”. Many fruits are used as vegetables like pumpkins and tomatoes. 

Students love it if you give them a variety of activities from counting pumpkins and seeds to picking out pumpkin geometrical shapes and recognizing the different steps in the lifecycle of the pumpkin. Seasonal resources provide a real-life connection so they grab students’ attention. 

We are often impressed by giant pumpkins. But is the bigger roundest pumpkin the best? Well, size and shape are important but a small and crooked pumpkin can be delicious. Kids tend to pick unique pumpkins if you go to the pumpkin patch. They love unique colors and shapes. So maybe a bit surprisingly pumpkins can even teach us about the importance of diversity when you socialize and make friends. Who wants to be friends with the person who stands out? The humble pumpkins offer your students great opportunities to grow and develop as humans! 

Wishing you a Happy and Colorful October!
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Saturday, October 1, 2022

October 2022 Products

Have you noticed what makes Halloween spooky? Creepy night animals! Many of our Halloween symbols are night animals like bats and owls! Learning how to draw night animals as well as ghosts, haunted houses, witches and Frankenstein is a valuable skill. Students will enthrall visitors to your classroom if you display the decorated stories after a short session of How to Draw Halloween!

October is such an exciting month! Many things are happening in the classroom.  Write the Room Halloween is a movement-based activity that also is a fantastic opportunity for learning vocabulary. Perfect for literacy centers. You’ll be amazed at the Halloween stories that your students will write using the words they just learned while moving around the classroom. 

You might have heard the expression “Design is the Future”. There are TED talks about the topic, people are writing books about it, and innovation consultancies like IDEO are investing in it. Preparing your students for the modern world while at the same time introducing them to engaging and fun design challenges can start at an early age. Creating a spooky house is easy, all you need is crayons, scissors and glue! An engaging activity where students will have the opportunity to plan and design a haunted house. Imaging what visitors will think of their haunted house stretches and challenges students’ imagination. 
It is easy to select educational and engaging Halloween resources. Help your students get hands-on, boost their confidence and have fun! 

Other fun October products may be found in my store! 

Have a Spooktacular October!