Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Pumpkin Circle

Pumpkin Circle is a great book for this time of year.  Kindergarteners at my school always study apples and pumpkins, learn their parts and life cycles, and do a compare-contrast project- all totally language-y stuff!  Pumpkin Circle was turned into a rather strange companion film (but kids watch, riveted) you can view on the Described and Captioned Media Program site, if you are a member.  If you don't have access to the book or movie, check out this cute video of it being read as a bedtime story:

Apples and pumpkins are great to compare-contrast using Kidspiration, Inspiration (both available as 30-day trials), or the web-based version, Webspiration (still totally free and the same as the software programs).  It's hard to share one of these files by blog, but you could recreate something like my activity here:

Using Kidspiration, Inspiration, or Webspiration, kids can click-drag ideas into groups and meaningful connections.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Sean,

    Your compare and contrast for Kidspiration and Inspiration looks great!

    This lesson plan idea would be a great addition to our October Inspired Calendar. To view our October Inspired Calendar, go to http://www.inspiration.com/blog/2010/10/october-inspired-calendar/.

    Please send me an email at connect(at)inspiration.com if you're interested in submitting your lesson plan. You may also connect with me on our blog, Facebook or Twitter.

    Thanks again for sharing!

    Sarah Cargill, Inspiration Software