Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino
Why we love this book:
Halloween is in the air and we’re ready for some fun! “Five Little Pumpkins” is a well known and loved Halloween rhyme. This board book version, with its bright bold illustrations, is perfect for all the little pumpkins in your life. Children enjoy acting out the five little pumpkins’ dialogue.
While the target audience for this board book is probably young children, we like using it with older children to teach the use of quotation marks. Older children can use the rhyme as a template for writing their own rhymes, applying the use of quotation marks. Even older children can have a little Halloween fun!
What is the Circumference of the Pumpkin?
Math Investigation Question, MacGyver, age 8
Step 1 – Math Investigation Question: What is the Circumference of the pumpkin?
- I introduced the children to the measurement concept of circumference, before posing our mathematics investigation question.
Step 2 – Make an estimate or prediction:
- The children were given the opportunity to handle the pumpkin before making their prediction.
- MacGyver, age 8, attempted to estimate the inches around the pumpkin.
- Each of the children cut a string, predicting the circumference of the pumpkin.
- MacGyver tried to cut his string the exact circumference of the pumpkin.
- Miss Enigma, age 4, basically took a guess by eye-balling the pumpkin. I guided her by helping her roll out the string and asking, “Do you think it is bigger around than this? Do you think it is bigger around than this? . . . Tell me when it is the right length.”
- Each of the children measured the length of their estimate.
Step 3 – Investigate Question and Record Data:
- The children used a string to measure the circumference of the pumpkin.
- Then the children used a yardstick to measure the length of the circumference and compare it to their estimates.
- MacGyver’s drawing shows that he used a roll of string to measure the circumference of the pumpkin. He also includes a yardstick and the string measuring “almost” 31 inches.
- Miss Enigma drew the pumpkin and scribbled her findings. I simply asked if she would like for me to write “pumpkin” on her paper.
- Next, I asked if she would like for me to teach her how to write the letter P. Surprisingly, she agreed as usually she informs me, “I already did the writing!”
- Miss Enigma practiced independently writing the letter P.
Step 4 – Record a final solution: Today I learned the circumference of the pumpkin is almost 30 inches.
- Create a chart with three sections labeled: too short, too long, just right
- Let the children tape their strings to the correct section
When we finished the pumpkin investigation, MacGyver decided he wanted to estimate and measure the circumference of other items.
When MacGyver estimated the circumference of the globe, he first compared it to the size of the pumpkin.
After estimating and measuring several items, MacGyver concluded that it is very tricky to estimate the circumference.
At the other end of the table, Miss Engima gets another sheet of paper and continues writing the letter P, filling both sides of the paper.
Later during journal writing time, Miss Enigma writes a story and includes the letter P.
We’re GIVING AWAY one board book copy of Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino.
To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.
Do you do any special pumpkin activities or cooking this time of year? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
One entry per person, please.
No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, October 13, 2011
The winner must be a resident of The United States.
The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, October 14, 2011. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!
FREE printable book: Going to the Pumpkin Patch
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