Pumpkins are a very common Autumny fruit. Besides, they are one of the main Halloween symbols!
There are many activities that could be done related to Pumpkins and that would keep children motived and eager to learn.
Next, there is a collection of resources that I have gathered together to work on Pumpkins with the little ones in Primary level:
To start with, I have selected a book of Splat the Cat, who I adore! (click on the image to hear the read aloud).
Once the pumpkins have been intoduced through the story, there are many different activities to learn some facts about them. A possible one is to learn its Lifr Cycle and its parts:
I have made a video tutorial for a a song about a pumpkin named “I’m a little pumpkin”
To have some extra fun, there are some pumpkin crafts that could be done, as well. My favourite one is this one, a cute and simple paper pumpkin:
(click on the image for instructions)
To finish with the pumpkin lesson ideas, I would like to share this cartoon video I found which has got a moral story behind. It is called “Spookley the square Pumpkin”.
I just bumped into this video called “I just sued the school system”. A video full of truth!
I just discovered this great youtube channel called English SingSing and I loved the Easy Dialogues playlist 😀 Each video is less than 2 minutes and it gives perfect examples of usual situations for an EFL young learner.
I’m sure I will be using some of these short videos and I hope you find them useful, too!
“Super Simple Songs” have got some amazing tracks that help me get inspired for my preschool lessons. This time, the songs that were perfectly for me where the Shape Songs 1 & 2. After listening to them, I programmed a whole lesson plan based on these so my preschoolers could learn the name of some shapes through the songs.
This is the Lesson Plan:
First of all, I arrive in class with my magic bag where I keep the shapes flashcards. My pupils take turns to discover what flashcards I have this time in my bag and as we are taking them out we name them. Then, we investigate who of us has any of these shapes on our clothes. It is fun!
These are the flashcards that I used:
Right after that, we listen to the two tracks and we classify which shapes are on the first song and which on the second one. We love classifying 😀
These are the Shape Songs:
In order to understand better the shapes, I give plasticine to my pupils and we make the different eight shapes with it. We pretend to be in an Art Gallery and each pupil displays his/her shapes to the rest of us. Using these plasticine shapes we just created, we put them in 8 different groups so all the starts are together, all the triangles are together, etc.
I discovered this youtube channel called Learning Fun by shapes and it just fits so well into the lesson plan! They have different fables were everything in it is made by shapes, it is fantastic 😀 I chose “The hare and the Tortoise” to watch in class:
After watching the video we speak about the shapes that we recognise in it and what shapes have been used for making the main characters.
To revise a little bit and to have some more fun, there is this great website which contains many online games.