Friday, 8 November 2013

Pumpkins!

The students have been very curious and fascinated with pumpkins! 
(I apologize in advance for how long this post is!)

Students shared some of their wonders about the pumpkin in our classroom.

A.L- why do pumpkins start with green?
A.B- I wonder what the white is
D.K- I wonder why when we open it up the seeds look yucky
A.A- I wonder the pumpkin is orange, will it turn to big?
K.B- Because the white on it is dirt on it, we got a rock and we got the dirt off 
D.D- why when we open it the inside isn’t so flat like the outside
M.W- I wonder why when you open it it feels so different 
Z.H- if you open it, I think I’ve felt a pumpkin
E.M- when we see the seeds in the pumpkin, the seeds inside has the same colour of the orange of the pumpkin
V.A- I wonder if it has a mommy
A.M- I wonder if the pumpkin seeds are orange 

Ms. Tompkins asked the students what we should do with the pumpkin.
S.J- carve it


D.K- open it up first and take out the seeds and then carve a face, like a happy face
D.Z- colour it
D.S- open it and colour it with different colours
M.W-scoop all the pumpkin out
A.A- how about the pumpkin was too big and lets see what the green on it
T.K- you can make eyes and a face

The students touched the outside of the pumpkin and described how it felt.
S.P- soft
A.B- hard
P.D- can we make pumpkin pie and pumpkin soup
M.W- smooth
A.L- stripes on it
D.K- it felt flat 
D.S- pumpkin, make pumpkin apple
A.M- it feel so soft and hard

Ms. Tompkins cut the pumpkin open and students had a turn to look inside and describe what they see.
A.L- seeds
Z.H- seeds
E.M- white seeds that are not stuck on the orange
V.A- I smell 
P.D- I see something and smell orange
S.P- I see slime
T.K- lots of seeds
K.B- there are seeds
E.K- I see pumpkin
A.B- I see lots of seeds
N.M- pumpkin
S.J- orange
M.P- seeds
C.C- seeds
A.K- I see it’s yucky and seeds
M.W- pumpkin
D.S- pumpkin pie
During Thinking and Learning Time, students had the opportunity to put their hands inside the pumpkin and feel it. Many students did not want to touch it. The students who did had a variety of reactions to the texture of the pumpkin!
Ms. Tompkins: What do you feel?
D.K- slimy

A.L- soft, seeds are hard
E.M- there are like a thousand seeds in here!
A.K- yucky
Students were excited to get their hands in and feel the flesh of the pumpkin.



A.M- I want to grow a pumpkin, we need to plant the seeds, we put dirt inside first then dump the seed, then water and sun and air

We asked the students if anyone else wanted to grow a pumpkin with A.M. Many students showed interest in planting seeds, so we quickly searched around to find the materials we needed. The next half hour was filled with dirt, laughs, excitement and learning about what plants need to grow.






P.D, M.W, and A.L- they are by the window because they need sun


We decided to put soil inside our pumpkin to see what would happen. The students had many theories about what might happen to our pumpkin.
A.B- maybe it will grow other pumpkins
E.M- a little bit of seeds in the pumpkin but if we put soil in our pumpkin with the seeds and put water in it it might grow
A.M- and sun
D.D- grow plants if you put soil in, just plants
A.A- pumpkins grow bigger
P.D- might get die
A.L- maybe it will broke this pumpkin
K.B- if you put too much in the pumpkin might explode
D.S- put water for pumpkin
The students helped by using a measuring cup to add soil to our pumpkin. 

P.D- I see lots of soil, it’s high



The students are keeping a close eye on their pumpkin seeds and the class pumpkin.


We have been keeping a close eye on our pumpkin and students began to notice that it was cracking. We realized it was beginning to rot and break!
 







Students described how the pumpkin felt:
  • squishy
  • soft 
  • slimy
 We then decided to cut open the pumpkin to see what it looked like inside and to see if any of our seeds had begun to grow. K.B suggested we cut it open outside so that we didn’t make a mess in our class.




 We saw that some of our pumpkin seeds had begun to grow.



We put the seeds on the table. M.W said "we put the book beside because we needed to look which our pumpkin seeds were at"
M.W: Our seeds grew tall!
 M.W: they are growing with seeds on top of them
 M.W: my plant has lots of roots!
 M.W: I see the leaves with orange dots on it




 A.A is looking at her cup with the plant growing
 P.D. is looking at her own and ours (the class seeds are in the bowl).



We now have lots of growth in almost all the students pumpkin plants. We have been wondering why the class plants that were planted in the pumpkin grew so much faster than the ones planted in the cups. What do you think?
M.W: the roots feel cool and smooth. There are two leaves that are open 

(This blog post was written with the help of M.W!)

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