The baby’s asleep! I was able to get in the shower AND eat lunch AND have time to spare to blog? Today is a good day! (Now if I can keep the dog from escaping the backyard, it’ll upgrade to great- but that’s a story for another day!)
One of the reasons I love doing apples in September is because it leads so well into pumpkins! The background knowledge on apples really helps kids expand their learning by applying it to pumpkins. They have similar life cycles, similar parts, and they both make for some excellent fall themed cooking in the classroom! YUM!
The first part of my pumpkin products that I’ve added was the Pumpkin Investigation!
Does it look just like the apple investigation? YES! Was that on purpose? OF COURSE! When it comes to little ones, familiarity, routine, and repetition are key! With similar visuals and understanding what they did last time, students will have greater independence in this activity. Plus, the familiarity helps them build deeper connections and understandings of the topic at hand. Many teachers feel the key to engagement is *new* and *different*, but what I’ve found is familiarity with a slight tweak has shown the greatest engagement and independence in my little learners.
Take a closer peek below!
Interested? The best part is it’s a DOLLAR DEAL! Yes! ONE dollar! Find it here!
Be on the lookout! The mini book version of the investigation is coming in my pumpkin pack shortly!
Keep your head in the clouds!