Friday, October 12, 2012

Pumpkin Study

Well, we are back from taking care of my father-in-law for now.  I know we'll be returning soon to be with him again, but I'm not yet sure when.  This has been a difficult time for our family, so needless to say, we are a couple of weeks behind on our homeschooling.  Mags and I did, however, get a Fall project in to break up the monotony of the visit.  (This is a short post today.) Here is some pumpkin play ...

First, we read Perfect Pumpkins by Jeff Bauer.
Then, we did some of the activities from the "Pumpkin Study" out of this great book, Great Teacher Projects: K-8 by Laura Mayne.
(Here we are at my father-in-law's house.)  First, we took some string and guessing the circumference of our pumpkin, Mags cut it where she thought it would wrap around perfectly.  Then, she measured the string using her ruler.  (She cut it at 38 inches, but the actual circumference of our pumpkin was only 33 inches.)  
 Next, we cut open the top to reveal the pumpkin's seeds and pulp.
 We immediately set to work separating the seeds from the pulp.  (After we separated them, we cleaned the seeds and counted them (591!), then roasted them for a snack!)
 Finally, we carved our gourd and lit him up for Grandpapa to enjoy while he rested!
More pumpkin projects to come ...

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