Life Cycle of a Pumpkin
We'll follow the course of a pumpkin seed from the time it is planted, through its growth and harvest, until it is made into pumpkin pie as we read Life Cycle of a Pumpkin, by Ron Fridell and Patricia Walsh. This expository nonfiction selection describes what seeds need to grow into mature productive plants and how those plants can be used by people. The paired selection is a poem called How do seeds know which way is up?
Your child can practice this week's vocabulary list words by playing the series of Java Games linked below in the Quia Activities section. There are four games that range in difficulty, beginning with Flashcards, then Match Game, Concentration, and finally Word Search. The words and definitions are available online by clicking the link to the List of Terms found near the top of any of the Java Games pages. Once your child has mastered matching the list words and definitions, he should click the link for the Cloze Activity which tests list vocabulary in sentence context.
The Useful Links section contains enrichment activities and information that correlate to this week's stories and skills, and are for your use at home. Our spelling list words contain the vowel sound in book spelled with oo, and u, so you'll find links to spelling games that stress this sound. We'll be working with adjectives that describe number, shape, and size in grammar this week, so I've included links for that skill near the bottom of the list.