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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fall Favorites Blog Hop!

The air is crisp,
The leaves are falling!
Hello squirrels looking for food....Goodbye birds full of tweeting!
Apple, Pumpkins, Acorns & More...
31 Bloggers are bringing 'Fall Favorites' to your door!

Next to summer, Fall is definitely my favorite!  I love the 'smell' and 'feel' of Fall!  I love all the fun associated with Fall too!  But there is one thing that signifies it is Fall...

It is my guilty pleasure...and thanks to Starbucks now posting the calories in this little cup of heaven, I only indulge in one each year- but Fall is not Fall without one!

But my pumpkin obsession does not end there!
I love making 
pumpkin pancakes- and when my husband works late my boys and I love to have them for dinner!

And...thanks to all those lattes of Falls past, these little gems are my 'sweet treat' without the guilt
Pumpkin Muffins- 2 ingredients and only 2 points on Weight Watchers!
Simply mix 1 box of carrot (or spice) cake mix with 1 15oz can of pumpkin.  If it is a little too thick add 2T of water.  Bake in lined mini muffin pan (for 1 point muffins) or regular muffin tins (for 2 point muffins) in a 425 degree oven for 12-15 minutes (longer for the larger muffins- until the toothpick comes out clean).  Allow to cool and store in an airtight container.  I find they are even better the longer they sit!

So it probably wouldn't surprise you then that I LOVE to bring pumpkin fun into my kindergarten classroom!
This past week we 'carved' in!  I am excited to show you all we learned- and the fun we had!

Here are my pumpkin books and resources I used this week:

And our 'Poem of the Week' was a simple one so that we could focus on some sight words, 1:1 reading, rhyming and initial sounds!

We started the week by exploring a pumpkin using our 5 senses.  We carved it open to explore all of its parts (I don't have any pictures because I was covered in pulp!)!  We even took the seeds out and I brought them home to roast.  Most of them LOVED the roasted seeds!

We learned all about a pumpkin's life cycle through books and magazine resources.  The children then helped me demonstrate by attaching pictures to a giant pumpkin:
We ended the week and our life cycle discussion by making life cycle crowns!  It was a great way for them to demonstrate what they learned and will help spark some conversation at home too I'm sure!

In addition to the crowns, they worked with a few readers this week.  We are really working on reading with 1:1 correspondence and using pictures to support the text. 
These books then went into their Readers Workshop baskets for independent reading and sharing!

To piggyback that, they also read a simple repetitive text about the locations of pumpkins.  This helped review what we had just finished in math!

For shared writing we made a list...

And for interactive writing we labeled the parts of a pumpkin! 

I have always done the same project for students to show the parts of a pumpkin but wanted to change it up this year...I wanted something to show the outside AND inside of a pumpkin.  So after a few botched up prototypes, this was born!

I have put all the steps into this graphic for you so that it is easier to reference- just pin it to your Fall craft board and you are all set!  

 When it came time to label, many of my students walked up to our class model to check their label to the class one!

Each pumpkin was unique!  I had them cut the plate in half so I got some pretty interesting and almost 'life-like' representations of a 'carved' pumpkin! 

So when we were all done we were able to show everyone what we had learned about the inside and outside of a pumpkin!

And needless to say, it made a great bulletin board display of ELA and Science learning! 
(If we didn't have strict fire marshal/code rules I would have loved to have hung these from the ceiling so that both sides could be seen at the same time!)

So now that we had explored and really learned all about pumpkins it was time to...taste them!
A few years ago a colleague shared this recipe for 'Pumpkin Pie in a Bag'- her daughter's preschool had done it and she was able to snag a copy to share!
It is so much easier than attempting to make and/or purchase and serve a 'traditional' pumpkin pie!

I put it into this graphic for easy pinning:

One bit of advice...

The kids really LOVED smashing the crackers!
 Next was to knead the pudding/milk mixture...

 Then you open up the bag and add in the pumpkin...
 And knead it some more!
You will know it is ready when your filling looks like this: 

While the kids are kneading the mix, put 2T of crackers into each cup

 Next you snip the corner off the bag and squeeze some of the 'pie' into each cup

 I had doubled the batch and it was perfect for my group of 19 (plus extra for some teachers!)

Add a squirt of Redi-Whip and you are set to go!

I sprinkled the tops with some pumpkin pie spice too!

The kids GOBBLED them up and were ready to take me down if I didn't give them seconds!

These cups were made for a kid, but it's also a perfect (and easy) treat to bring to a holiday gathering- just fill them up a tad more!
In addition to the craft idea and recipes, I have this 'Fly In the Pie' set of counting games for FREE!  It has 3 different games to play using sets of pumpkins from 1-10 (Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs recently posted sets of counting graphics- perfect for these types of activities!).  

Directions and other suggestions for use and included in the free download!
Feedback is greatly appreciated! 

Additionally I am putting all of my pumpkin products on sale this weekend!
Click each cover to be directed to it on TeachersPayTeachers:


In addition, I'd love to warm you up with a Pumpkin Spice Latte on me!
The winner also gets to choose one of my pumpkin products (listed above) for free!
Entry window closes at 11:59pm EST Monday 10/27.

Ready to find some more 'Fall Favorites?!'
Next up is one of my favorite blogging duo...

Remember the hop runs from Saturday October 25th- Monday October 27th.
Happy Fall!
Until next post,
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  1. I am so excited to try out this pumpkin pie in a bag recipe! I've been searching for something like that! I love all of the other pumpkin ideas, too. Thanks!

  2. I'm obsessed with pumpkin also. I would love a pumpkin latte from Starbucks. Love all the pumpkin ideas. Love the recipe for pumpkin pie in a bag. Thanks

  3. Pumpkin Spice LAtte! THANKS! wendy 1stgradefireworks

  4. I love your idea of using a bag for the pumpkin pie (although it does make me a little nervous!). We usually shake the ingredients for pumpkin pie pudding in a Tupperware container. Each child has their own baggie of graham cracker to crumble with their hands or a small playdoh rolling pin. Making pudding is a favorite class activity!

  5. Love the pumpkin pie in a bag! Adding it to my plans now :) We love cutting open the pumpkin and exploring it then watching it decompose after several weeks! I hope I win because me and Haylee need a mommy daughter Starbucks date. It's been a while since I treated her to a hot chocolate and cookie :)

  6. My favorite thing about fall is the colors- I love the warm red, orange, yellow and browns in the leaves and clothes. I miss those fall leaves here in the desert! I am super excited to try the pumpkin pie in a bag- they will love being a part of making a yummy treat!!

  7. I always love your activities. Can't wait to try the pumpkin in a bag recipe.

  8. You're "good" to only have a SB pumpkin spice only once a year. I have one once a week on Fridays! Maybe that's why I'm a WW dropout! LOL!

  9. Thanks so much for the recipe! I have to try that!

  10. Thanks for the freebie! I love making applesauce with my kiddos. I love pumpkin muffins, bread, pie...:)

  11. You always have so many great ideas, and this time is no exception! Thanks for sharing your great ideas from your classroom!

    Teaching Momster

  12. I like the gingerbread spice latte (which is probably about the same calories as PSL!) and I like your pumpkin IN. Thanks for a fun giveaway!

  13. The pumpkin pie in a bag looks like a really fun activity! Thanks for sharing.
    Burke's Special Kids

  14. I'd like the Pumpkin Interactive Notebook! You have a lot of great fall products. I'll share the coffee with my hubby. :) Thanks for the chance to win!

  15. I love the pumpkin craftivity with the paper plate. The pumpkin pie in a cup is on my list to try.
    I would love them all, but especially the interactive notebook.

  16. I love butternut squash soup and can't wait to try pumpkin pie in cup.

  17. Pinning this one!! Love the pie activity....great for all ages!

    3rd Grade Pad

  18. I love the pumpkin pie in the bag! It will be fun to get the children involved in baking as a class. My favorite thing to get at Starbucks is Caramel Macchiato (cold or hot)! I recently just did the pumpkin lifecycle but I love the hat form of it. Such a great idea!

  19. I would get anything with carmel! From your store I would get the Pumpkin Theme readers. They look great!


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