Our Pumpkin Page brought to you by Captain Planet Foundation!
The Captain Planet Foundation, an international environmental education foundation for youth based on the successful Captain Planet cartoon, is proud to announce that the Dahlonegah School Community Garden has recently been awarded an educational grant of $500.
Dahlonegah School Community Garden will use these funds toward the Pumpkin Project “We are thrilled to present this award to the Dahlonegah School,” says Leesa Carter, Executive Director of the Foundation. “We receive hundreds of submissions each year and have to be very selective to whom we award funding. This is one of the few projects from across the country that we chose to fund. We wish Dahlonegah School Community Garden great success as they work to implement this important project. It is our hope that our combined efforts will educate, empower, involve and invest today’s youth to cultivate a better tomorrow.”
“We are pleased to receive support from the Captain Planet Foundation. These funds will allow us to initiate the Pumpkin Project to add to our community garden.” said Superintendent Jeff Limore. The students will be learning about the life-cycle of pumpkins including seed planting, transplanting, pumpkin recipes, and finally composting.
Fourth Grade Class
First Grade Pumpkin activities Instructor Shelly Davis:
First Grade will visit the pumpkin patch at Wild Things Farm. They will select a pumpkin from the patch and use it as part of the lifecycle unit. They will listen to a story read aloud "Our Pumpkin". Then they will work as a group and retell the story using sentence strips to fluency and comprehension. Using the pumpkin, students will observe its properties, use language skills to describe their experiences, and write down observations and measurements.1.) Measure the pumpkin using standard and nonstandard units such a cloth ruler and string.2.) Weigh the pumpkin using scales.3.) Make predictions about whether then pumpkin will sink of float. Students will record their prediction. After placing the pumpkin in water, students will write down their observation. 4.) Cut the pumpkin, observe the contents. Describe the inside using your 5 senses. 5.) Count and graph the pumpkin seeds.6.) Plant some seeds in wet paper towels inside a sandwich bags and tape to the window to observe its growth. 7.) Use the other seeds to bake in the oven to eat.Read the short story "How a Pumpkin Grows". Make a growth cycle using the picture cards of how a pumpkin starts as a seed planted in the ground, then it sprouts, the sprout turns into a vine and blooms flowers, and the flowers turn to pumpkins. Students will be given a test about the growth cycle to assess what has been taught in the unit.Write a Pumpkin Poem on a pumpkin cut out. Paint a paper plate, make a jack-o-lantern face and glue it on the pumpkin.These are just some of our activities scheduled for the lifecycle of a pumpkin project.