Today was our last Preschool Steam Class! Our focus was all on pumpkins. Here is what we did:
-Watched a video and learned a song on How Pumpkins Grow.
Pretended to pick pretend "cotton ball" pumpkins using two tongue depressors. It started out slowly only picking one at a time. By the end, the students had figured out a way to do as many as 4, 5, or 6 at a time.
-Measured and compared pumpkins - height, weight and distance around.
-Used a felt board to tell the story, "5 Little Pumpkins Sitting on A Gate."
-Made gates to hold 5 Little Pumpkins. First using clothes pins and popsicle sticks to hold pretend "cotton ball "pumpkins. Then, the students used cups and sign boards to construct bigger, multi-story pumpkins to hold 5 real pumpkins.
Read the story "The Runaway Pumpkin."
Rolled pumpkins down a ramp and used engineering skills to figure out how to stop them at the bottom. Ended up rolling a huge pumpkin and believe it or not - it didn't break!
We had lots of fun studying pumpkins! Pictures will be posted next Wednesday - sorry about that but sometimes technology takes time!