Spinning + Spiraling Pumpkins

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Pumpkins! This week we have been exploring pumpkins in class! I found these pumpkins and ordered them to use this fall. This lesson evolved as the week went on, because 3 year olds always have the most wonderful ideas, don’t they? It’s been fun, here is what we have been exploring: 

First I gave each dancer a pumpkin to spin. They found a spot in the room and practiced spinning them on the tip. I asked them to look for the way the pumpkin accelerated and decelerated. Did it crash to the floor to stop spinning? Or did it slow down and then tip over to stop spinning?

image-3From there we practiced spirals! Starting up high, I counted backwards from 5-1. They spin and get lower as the numbers go down. On 1 they were on the floor tipped over. They really got it, and I think the pumpkin imagery helped!

Next we tried pumpkin shapes:
Flat
Tipped over
Smashed (they came up with this one)
Bumpy
Scooped out (scoop can be a word to explore with movement as well – next week!)
With a hat
Teeny Tiny
Huge
Round

I wrote a song about the pumpkin patch. I couldn’t find anything that I really liked, so I thought I would write one myself. It explores the shapes above in the patch. It sort of worked the first week, but I think I will do it one more week to see how it works. Here’s the song if you would like to try it:

It doesn’t really have a tune, you can make up your own! How ever many students you have in class is the (number) of pumpkins in the patch.

(number) pumpkins in the patch
all different sizes, look at that

This ones thin
That ones flat
(number) pumpkins in the patch

(number) pumpkins in the patch
all different sizes, look at that

That ones plump
This has a bump
(number) pumpkins in the patch

(number) pumpkins in the patch
all different sizes, look at that

This one tips
That one dips
(number) pumpkins in the patch

(number) pumpkins in the patch
all different sizes, I pick that!

Scoop it out, give it a hat
(number) pumpkins in the patch

What do you think? Do you explore pumpkins in class? I have been enjoying the process of creating this exploration with my students.  I would love to hear how you explore pumpkins!

 

Comments

  1. I love how you give the pumpkin movements a structure: going from 5-1, and tipping over. I often can think about qualities of a subject, but giving it structure like this is really helpful to remember! Thanks Maria!

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      Thanks Karen! I never looked like it like that, but I think I’m a very structured person. LOL 🙂

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