Every year I have the kids do a writing project telling the class about what fun things they did on their summer vacation. I know, very original right?
|Summer Vacation Writing and Watermelon Art Project|
I bring in a watermelon and we cut it up and eat it (after estimating the seeds in one piece and the seeds in the whole watermelon).
|I do cut up several shades of green for the "rind" to look real and 2 shades of red for the watermelon art.|
After we eat the watermelon, we then collect and count the seeds in our piece. Then we compare our number with our estimation. Then we save and dry out those seeds on a napkin for a watermelon art project using red and green tissue paper and watered down glue. I just cut the tissue paper into 1 inch squares. The kids draw their own watermelon piece with pencil on white paper. Then we start gluing on the green (for the rind) and the red (for the inside). The last step is gluing a few seeds (8 to 10) on each watermelon art project.
|I did raspberry banana but I'm gonna try Watermelon next!|
|I just throw in a bunch of fruit, yogurt and OJ and some ice. Blend it up!|
|I've been making smoothies on my Summer Vacation!|
A fun WATERMELON MATH printable I found at HERE at Everyday Teaching. It has estimating, weighing and measuring the size of watermelons and is a free printable. The kids love hearing what everybody else estimated for seeds. Somebody always estimates 1000 seeds. :D I guess it could happen?
|At Primarily Speaking they made watermelon life cycles for science!|
|There are only 5 ingredients in Kool-Aid Playdough besides the water......Check out the Recipe HERE!|
Another fun watermelon math can be done with these Free Watermelon Number Cards from Feedthebrain.com. I used them to have kids make the addends of 10 matching concentration game. Each child partnered up with a buddy and they layed their cards down face up. Then each took a turn finding a 9 and 1, or an 8 and 2, or a 7 and 3 etc. This is a great way for them to memorize the 10s math facts.
Here's a few things that add to my mini unit on Watermelon and Summer Vacations....
|Using Mad Libs for Writing and Schema or Background Knowledge|
|Our finished "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" bulletin board.....Summer Vacation Writing and Watermelon Art|