To get things started, the students made these silly crowns. The kids loved them (we make lots of crowns and they never tire of them).
Next, we had a fruit tasting. I usually serve fresh watermelon and then follow that up with a variety of watermelon flavored treats (licorice, Jolly Ranchers, etc), but this year I opted for a healthier alternative: fresh fruit. The students sampled fresh watermelon, strawberries, bananas, and apple. Snack time doesn't happen very often, so this was a treat, indeed.
After enjoying their fruit platters, the students conducted their own polls to find out which fruit their classmates liked best. They used their data to create a bar graph. Finally, they answered some questions about their graph.
Once we finished up with our graph, we played a few rounds of I Have/Who Has. My kiddos L.O.V.E this game and it is a great way to review so many different skills. This version covers place value and expanded form.
After math, the students wrote an acrostic poem about watermelon. To help prepare them for this activity, we brainstormed some adjectives about watermelon.
For science, the students read about watermelons (I forgot to take a picture of the reading page) and their life cycle. They used that information to sequence the stages of the watermelon life cycle and then illustrated each stage.
They also reviewed their parts of speech (this never gets old, surprisingly). I tried to make it challenging by including some words that could fall into two different categories. I su
And, for fun, the students used the letters in the words "watermelon seeds" to make new words. They were told to make words that contained three or more letters. Their words were really impressive! My favorites were "monster," "wonder," "dental," and "lemonade."
I usually do a seed spitting contest at the end of the day, but the wind has been CUH-RAZY here, so I really just did not want to deal with spit and seeds flying everywhere. Instead, the students were given some free choice time.
All of these activities came from my Let's Have a Watermelon Fun Day unit on TpT. Click the image below to check it out! If you already own this unit, be sure to redownload via TpT as it was updated a few weeks ago.
Only 6 1/2 days to go! Toodles!