Seriate (arrange in a sequence) at least three items by size, in this case it is pumpkins. These can be done from smallest-to-largest or largest-to-smallest (ascending or descending order) and then be sure to use the following comparative vocabulary of largest and smallest.
Book to Use
“Pumpkin, Pumpkin,” by Jeanne Titherington.
- Pumpkins brought from home by students.
- Pictures of the pumpkin life-cycle.
- Potting dirt/soil.
- Paper cups that have the names of student’s drawn on them.
- Plastic spoons.
- Pumpkin seeds (these are taken out of the pumpkins brought from home).
- Paper plates.
- “Five Little Pumpkins,” poem and its worksheet that goes with it.
Language of/for Instruction
The teacher should use words such as: Size, compare, smaller, smallest, in order, larger, largest, same, different, first, middle, and last,
The students should be able to use words such as: Same, different, first, middle, last, smaller, smallest, larger, and largest.
First read, “Pumpkin Pumpkin,” by Jeanne Titherington.
Next talk about how the pumpkin within the story grew from a little seed that the boy had planted to a pumpkin. Discuss what he did to care for the little seed.
Follow the discussion up by looking at the pumpkin life-cycle pictures and having the students help make sure they are in the correct order.
Growing Pumpkin Seeds
Inform the students they get to plant their own pumpkin seeds. However, they first need to get them out from inside their own pumpkins they brought from home!Have each of the students go to the table and get his/her pumpkin. Then assist them with pulling-off the top and pulling-out the pulp inside the pumpkin.
Direct students to put their pumpkin pulp on the paper plates (on the table). Then help them separate the seeds from the pulp once they’ve placed it the pulp down.
Once the students are done cleaning-out their pumpkins instruct them to throw away their trash and then wash their hands.
Have each student pick two or three seeds to plant inside their cup. Review the steps/procedure the boy in the book, “Pumpkin, Pumpkin,” followed as the students prepare to plant the seeds within their cup.
When everyone is ready, have the students spoon dirt into their cups, plant their seeds, and then water them. Move the cup with the seeds into a sunny area if it is possible.
As the students finish planting their seeds have them clean-up and then join you in a meeting-spot (like sitting in a circle on the carpet) so everyone can learn the, “Five Little Pumpkins,” poem.
Five Little Pumpkins Activity
Ask students to volunteer to act-out the poem and select those who are interested in doing so.
Show the students the worksheet with the five pumpkins and be sure to draw-attention to their differing sizes.
Ask the students which one is the smallest, which is the largest, and which are in-between.
Have the students look at all the pumpkins that have been cut-up and demonstrate how to put them in order from smallest first to the largest one last.
Inform the students that in their centers for today they will use laminated images of pumpkins they will then put in order from smallest to largest.
Assist students as they sort the laminated pumpkins with any help they need.
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