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Learning about pumpkins in Special Education

Another guest post from Allison Alfonso, an amazing special education and GCC alum of 2018.

During this school year we did a pumpkin Mini Science Unit for one week. To begin, we learned about the life cycle of a pumpkin. A seemingly difficult topic was made easy thanks to the book “From Seed to Pumpkin” by Wendy Pfeffer.

I love incorporating literacy in all subject areas so this was a perfect way to teach this topic!

Following the story, we did a pumpkin life cycle "craftivity"! While watching a time-lapse video of the growth of a pumpkin we made pumpkin life cycle craft (you can find a link to it in resources below). Throughout the week, we also made observations of the inside and outside of a pumpkin, having the chance to carve it open! We concluded the unit with a pumpkin craft, labeling all of the parts of a pumpkin. This was a powerful activity for my students to do!

All of these activities were great for my students because they were multi-sensory. In the primary grades, especially special education, it is important to have a variety of activities to appeal to all learners. My lessons were relatively short, most of them being no longer than 20 minutes.

Do you want to do an idea like this in your class? Well, you are in luck, Allison shared here resources just for you!

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