Hey y'all! Sorry I've been MIA but I've been up to my eyeballs in pumpkins and then I spent the weekend throwing a little party and visiting with my very best blog friends. So I'll rewind a bit and start at the beginning.
We began last week by reading Pumpkin, Pumpkin. We also read the book Growing Pumpkins. Both describe the pumpkin lifecycle. After reading the books I checked for understanding by having my kiddos create a pumpkin using the pumpkin lifecycle cards. Here's one of our pumpkins. The pumpkins have a little pocket to hold the lifecycle for later.
The next day we decided to use all of our senses to explore pumpkins. All of my little people brought a pumpkin, but we opened my pumpkin. When we were finished exploring both the inside and outside, my students drew their observations.
You can find the pumpkin observation paper in this post.
On Friday my student's fourth grade buddies came by and we did Cara's, The Great Pumpkin Investigation. My students and their buddies, loved this activity. It really was so much fun to watch students working hard to investigate their pumpkin.
The never thought in a million years it would float.
Now, as soon as this activity was over, I quickly cleaned, grabbed my bags and ran out of my building to meet this girl!
Chicago is approximately 5 hours from our home and I think about 2.5 minutes might have gone by in silence. Chatty McChatty Pants meets Babbling Abby = Sore Throats. No lie. Love that girl!
We got there and met some of the sweetest darn friends two girls could ever ask for.
(The bald, boy toy next to me is not a blogger, but he's quite a photographer and fan.)
Here is a list of friends that met for a weekend of celebrating and shopping.
To check out these girls amazing blogs click below:
Cheryl from Primary Graffiti
Abby from The Inspired Apple
Rachelle from What the Teacher Wants
Kim Adsit from The Kinder Gals
Lindsey from the Teacher Wife
Deedee from Mrs. Wills Kindergarten
Kathleen from Growing Kinders
Michelle from Fabulous in First
Sarah from First Grader... At Last!
Deanna from Mrs. Jump's Class
Hope from Second Grade Shenanigans
Erica from Erica Bohrer's First Grade
Cara from The First Grade Parade
Amanda from One Extra Degree
Here's another one. Love it!
I can honestly say that their friendships are one of the greatest gifts I've ever known.
Thank goodness for blogging.
When I got back, it was a sad situation. My little guy was sick. So after two days home, taking care of a little boy with a bad belly, I returned to school today. I wish I had more pictures, but it's been a crazy week. Today we did have our annual Pumpkin Party. We always read the book Too Many Pumpkins. Then we try tons of food made of pumpkin. My generous parents sent in so many pumpkin treats. We had everything from pumpkin juice to pumpkin ice cream.
This little friend gave it a thumbs up!