With the start of October we jumped straight into several fall activities.
We studied apples last week, so this week we compared apples to pumpkins. Our FFA friends at the high school were so kind and set these pumpkins out for us so we could walk over from our school and "pick" pumpkins.
After lunch we had a round of math centers all about pumpkins!
1. We put pumpkins in order by how much they weighed.
2. We used yarn to figure out the circumference of the pumpkin (then we used cubes to see how long our yarn was).
3. We wrote addition stories about pumpkins.
4. And our favorite- we used the pumpkins to see how long we were!
When the students came to me for some small group instruction, we used those VERY yummy pumpkin candies on ten frames.
Our math program (Math in Focus) moved us very quickly to subtraction, so I felt it necessary to find an engaging way to work with students. I also chose to use small group because our math is the very last thing in the day and we tend to fall asleep during any whole group :). In fact since I have an AMAZING special ed teacher (yeah- that's you Claire) co-teaching with me during that hour, I think we are going to move toward rotating through four centers each day. I still strongly believe in Math Work Stations (more partner independent work), but this move is what is best for this group.
Click on the picture to get our Pumpkin Math Book!
I was so happy with how they did on pumpkin ten frame subtraction!
Yesterday we kept ourselves in fall mode by hopping on over to the Apple Orchard for our beloved field trip!
We learned many, many things about apples and pumpkins....
....and we got to share our knowledge as well!
I didn't actually get any pictures of us picking apples- oops, but I did get many pictures of our adventures in the haystack playground!
Minus a few bee stings- it was a perfect day!
Think we worked/played hard?
Because I heart all things fall (like my upcoming fall break in under 24 hours- yippeeeeee), I am going to give you another freebie! I will let you have part of my "Sum Fall Fun" packet.
If you like what you see, go check out the rest (click on the pictures)!
I just can't leave without saying it- Happy Fall Y'all!