This week we will be looking at pumpkins! Who doesn’t like to learn about pumpkins? Here is a fun pumpkin story to listen to: Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White. What would you do if you had too many pumpkins? Well listen to what Rebecca Estelle does with all the pumpkins she finds!
Today you are getting two stories… How Many Seeds in Pumpkin by Margaret McNamara. The children in Mr. Tiffin’s class learn about estimating, sizes, counting and more by counting the seeds in three different sized pumpkins.
Time for some pumpkin math! I encourage you to do some math/investigations with real pumpkins at home.
- How much does your pumpkin weight? How much does it weigh after you take out the seeds and the pulp? After you carved it?
- How many lines are on your pumpkin?
- How tall is it?
- What is the circumference of your pumpkin?
- How many seeds are inside?
- Will it sink or float? Does it sink or float after you took out the seeds and pulp?
Now lets play a game!
Bump is a fun dice game to play with kids. I will teach you how to play and then share how to easily alter the game to work on different skills.
I will show you the simplest version first. Create a gameboard, I drew pumpkins (sad looking pumpkins I admit!) for mine. On the gameboard write the numbers 1-6 since we will only use one die for this version. Each player needs 10 counters, transparent counters work best, but aren’t necessary.
- roll the die
- put your marker on that number
- next player rolls and they put their piece on that number
- if you roll a number that the other player is covering, you can bump them off that space
- if you roll a number that you are already covering you can double cover and lock the space.
- First person to use all 10 counters wins!
Easy and Fun!
Variations on the game:
use two dice and add them together
use one die and have the children add one (I would write _____ +1= on the board and have the children put the die in the blank space to remember to add one
double roll one die but cover it’s double (roll 2 but cover 4, roll 3 but cover 6)
use three dice
older kids you can use the dice to multiply or practice place value… so many options!!