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Patty's Pumpkin Patch
Classroom Activities
Patty's Pumpkin Patch
by Teri Sloat

Ant, Beetle... Zebra Butterfly. See life in a pumpkin patch from A to Z!

The Foods of Autumn
  1. Plan a class trip to a farm or orchard to pick apples and pumpkins or visit a local farmers market with the children.
  2. Engage the children in a discussion about the different types of fruits, vegetables, and squash that are harvested in the autumn time. Encourage children to share information that they have already acquired about autumn foods. What are their favorite types of apples? What are the different ways their family prepares some of these foods? Have they ever had pumpkin pie, zucchini bread, or apple cobbler?
  3. Purchase a few different items and plan cooking activities that will allow the children to touch, smell, and taste the different foods.

Autumn Cook Book
Encourage family involvement with this take- home project.

  1. Provide each family with two sheets of oak tag paper. Include a note requesting that each family shares a favorite "autumn" recipe to make a class autumn cookbook. Ask families to choose a recipe that their child likes and is familiar with. Families can write the recipe onto one of the sheets of oak tag.
  2. Ask the children to use the other sheet of paper to create a drawing to go along with the recipe. The drawing can depict the specific food or it can be a picture about eating the food or making the food. Children can also choose to decorate the border of their family recipe. Remember: some children may prefer using autumn stickers or seasonal pictures from magazines instead of drawing.
  3. Select a few recipes from the book to make with the children. Photograph the children as they prepare the different processes of several recipes. Mount the photographs onto oak tag and include the children's dictations describing their cooking activities.
  4. Collect the family recipes, children's drawings, and mounted photographs and make into a book. Invite the children to design a cover and create a title for the cookbook. Make photocopies of the cookbook to send home as a holiday gift.

Autumn Muffins
Encourage math and science skill development as children bake these delicious apple pumpkin muffins.

Write the following recipe on chart paper, illustrating the recipe ingredients for the children to read:

Autumn Muffins (makes 12 muffins)

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 chopped peeled apple
Combine flour, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Combine eggs, pumpkin and oil in a separate bowl. Stir into the dry ingredients until moistened. Fold in apple. Fill greases muffin cups. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until done. Cool in pan before removing. Set on wire rack.

How to Plant a Pumpkin Patch
Children will recall the sequences of the story to learn how to grow pumpkins.

  1. Explain to the children that you will reread Patty's Pumpkin Patch to them and you would like them to notice all the things Patty did to grow her pumpkins.
  2. After you have finished ask the children what Patty had to do first to begin pumpkin planting.
  3. Use a sheet of chart paper to outline the planting sequences. Encourage the children to use the book to verify their answers.
  4. When the children have finished review the sequences to make sure that everyone is in agreement. Reread the story and compare the children's chart with the actual text.
  5. Provide children with paper and drawing materials to create small illustrations to accompany the sequence chart. Frame the chart with the children's drawings to create a decorative and informative display.

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