Fall Favorites: Pumpkins and Apples in JK

What does an apple look like? How would you describe a pumpkin? What makes them grow? JK students can tell you all about this fall favorite!

For the past few weeks, our junior kindergarten students have been learning about pumpkins and apples. Both classes have done all sorts of fun activities with the seasonal harvests. They have explored the similarities and differences between these two fall produce items. The students kicked off the unit with apples, their shape and size, and their life cycles. Then, they moved into pumpkins.

The students worked to discover everything they could learn about apples and pumpkins. The unit included plans to describe both objects’ appearances, feel their textures, and even taste pumpkin seeds!

The students were beyond excited to share all that they had learned. They all made the connection that both apples and pumpkins are round, but apples are much smaller. Both classes can tell all about a pumpkin’s ribs and flesh, and how it feels to put their hands inside a carved pumpkin. One of Ms. Koppanyi’s students shared, “We got to put our hands inside the pumpkin, and it was cold and gooey!”

One of the highlights of the unit was exploring systems; what goes into growing a pumpkin or apple, and what comes out? Students can happily list what makes plants grow, such as sunlight, dirt, and worms. They also know what can keep plants from growing, such as not getting enough water.

The students can order pumpkins from biggest to smallest by measuring their heights; they excitedly refer to the finished product as their “pumpkin caterpillar.” Another favorite activity was building structures from candy corn pumpkins and Play-Doh. Each student was given a card with the number of pumpkin pieces to use; then, they used the Play-Doh to hold together their final products. Some students were asked to use four or five pumpkins, and some had as many as ten.

Our youngest Spartans have learned so much about some of their favorite fall treats, and they can’t wait to apply their knowledge of systems, life cycles, and sensory descriptions to other activities and topics.





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