CSI Meadows Academy: Pumpkin Investigation

We lived and breathed pumpkins last week in keeping with our theme “Farmers Grow Pumpkins”! In Language Arts (Listening and Learning), students listened to several stories about pumpkins such as “From Seed to Pumpkin” and “The Pumpkin Book.” Students created a beautiful Pumpkin Lifecycle Booklet that they were very proud of! They also had a wonderful time working on a creative Pumpkin Life Cycle arts and crafts activity.

Students got to enhance their fine motor skills by practicing letter formation on their Phonics worksheets and on the Zaner Bloser Handwriting Book. They also worked on a “Language Arts Booklet” activity by reading and writing sight words on their booklets. They also started to write simple sentences; for example, I like my cat.

In the Reading and Writing Workshop, students worked on the “–ot” family; for example: dot, cot, hot, pot, tot. Please practice reading and writing these words with your child at home. Students also worked on mastering high frequency words. Last week they learned the following: I, like, to, and, the.

In Math, students worked on addition and subtraction. To have some fun practicing what they learned in school, head over to these YouTube videos on skip counting and addition/subtraction.

In Science Discovery, students had a fun time learning about the “Inside and Outside of a Pumpkin.” As the students observed a pumpkin cut in half, they used their 5 senses in a hands-on science activity to share their observations on what they discovered inside and outside the pumpkin. They also did an engaging “Pumpkin Investigation” experiment. The students learned the following concepts all about the pumpkin: size, measurement, density, seed count, and description.

The Virtue of the Month character education story was “The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin” by Stan and Jan Berenstain. The Bear family submits their entry to win the blue ribbon for the pumpkin contest during the annual Bear Country Thanksgiving Festival. Papa bear does everything he can to try to win. Even if they did not win the contest, the bears change their attitude and learn how to appreciate the true spirit of the holiday and all they have to be thankful for. The moral of the story is to be grateful, happy, and appreciate the gift of family.

At Home: Please focus on reviewing the high frequency words that we work on every week. Practice reading and writing these high frequency words. Please check the complete list of the Common Core High Frequency Word List (Kindergarten and First Grade) sent home in your child’s communication folder. This is a list recommended by the Dublin City Schools. You can also practice high frequency words at home by following this link.

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