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The Science of Pumpkins

Pumpkin Circle : the Story of a Garden by  George Levenson

Rhyming text and photographs follow a pumpkin patch as it grows and changes, from seeds to plants to pumpkins ready to harvest, to jack-o-lanterns and then to seeds again. A wonderful nonfiction book for preschoolers.

The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons

Describes how pumpkins come in different shapes and sizes, how they grow, and their traditional uses and cultural significance. Includes instructions for carving a pumpkin and drying the seeds.

From Seed to Pumpkin by Jan Kottke

Nonfiction book with Illustrations and simple text describe how a pumpkin seed grows into a plant that produces pumpkins for making pies and jack-o-lanterns.

One Child, One Seed : a South African Counting book by Kathryn Cave

A counting book to widen the horizons, packed with information about the life and culture of South Africa.

How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow? By Wendell Minor

Playing with concepts of size and scale, giant pumpkins decorate some of America’s most famous landmarks and landscapes. Includes facts about the places and events pictured.

Pumpkin Time! By Erzsi Deak

From the day she plants seeds in her garden until she serves a pumpkin pie after harvest, Evy fails to notice any of the strange things the farm animals do as she works, from donkeys sailing through the sky to pigs dancing around a May Pole. Pumpkin facts and trivia, answers to the questions about what Evy was doing and a toasted pumpkin seed recipe are included at the end of the book.

More picture books about pumpkins:

Patty’s Pumpkin Patch by Teri Sloat

Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch by Mary Peterson

Stumpkin by Lucy Ruth Cummins

Penguin and Pumpkin by Salina Yoon

Curious about what fall is like in places that are not always white, Penguin and his friends fly to a pumpkin farm and bring back a surprise for Penguin’s brother, Pumpkin, who couldn’t come with them.

Floating Pumpkin science activity: http://preschoolpowolpackets.blogspot.com/2012/10/pumpkin-science-for-preschoolerskinderg.html

Make pumpkin oobleck: : http://www.sunhatsandwellieboots.com/2011/10/sensory-play-pumpkin-goop-oobleck.html

Pumpkin decomposition science activity: : https://www.giftofcuriosity.com/halloween-science-pumpkin-decomposition/

Pumpkin seed dying and exploration: https://teachpreschool.org/2011/10/22/exploring-pumpkin-seeds-in-the-preschool-classroom/

Pumpkin investigation printable: https://www.coffeecupsandcrayons.com/science-activity-pumpkin-investigations/

 

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Let it Rain!

 

Let it Rain by  Maryann Cocca-Leffler

Follow a group of children as they enjoy the rain and all the wonderful activities of spring.

The Falling Raindrop by Neil Johnson & Joel Chin

A newborn raindrop falls happily from the sky, until he begins to worry about what might happen next.

Rain by Linda Ashman, illustrated by Christian Robinson

As an old man grumbles his way through a rainy morning, spreading gloom, his neighbor, a young child, spreads cheer while hopping through puddles in frog-themed rainwear.

Who likes Rain? By Wong Herbert Yee

As a young girl splashes in the rain, she plays a guessing game with the reader about other living things that enjoy a cloudburst.

Red Rubber Boot Day by Mary Lyn Ray, illustrated by Lauren Stringer

A child describes all the things there are to do on a rainy day.

Weather chart printable:

https://thecraftingchicks.com/weather-chart-kid-craft/

Bees and Pollinators

Bees Matter by Erika Wassall

This title takes readers through our warming world where bee habitats are dwindling. Learn why humans are the cause of dropping bee populations and what we can do to help them bounce back.

Bees : a Honeyed History by Piotr Socha

Bees celebrates the important role that these intriguing insects have played in our ecosystem throughout the ages.

Buzz, Bee! by  Jennifer Szymanski

Introduces readers to the world of bees, discussing what they need to live and how they behave.

Flight of the Honey Bee by Raymond Huber

Demonstrates how Scout the bee searches for nectar to sustain her hive and pollinates flowers to produce seeds and fruits.

The King of Bees by Lester Laminack

Bee & Me by Alison Jay

Bee : a Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup

Pollinator activity: https://www.annettewhipple.com/2017/01/pollination-activity.html

Bee craft: https://nontoygifts.com/paper-plate-bee-craft-kids/

 

Building

Building Structures and Towers by Tammy Enz

Building Our House by Johnathan Bean

Dreaming Up : a Celebration of Building by Christy Hale

This is an inspiring building book with artwork showing children at work building with everyday materials. Poems echo the shape of the child’s creation with photographs of real-world buildings that have the design features from the children’s constructions.

Resources https://www.rif.org/literacy-central/book/dreaming

Block play ideas: http://www.youclevermonkey.com/2013/08/block-prompt.html

Block City by Robert Louis Stevenson

Bigger! Bigger! by Leslie Patricelli

Blocks by Irene Dickson

Alphabet Under Construction by Denise Fleming

 

 

Wind and Rain

Wind by Marion Dane Bauer

Easy to understand explanation of wind and how it works.

I Face the Wind by Vicki Cobb, illustrated by Julia Gorton

Explanations of wind including activities within the book to help children engage with the concepts.

The Wind by Monique Felix

Fun wordless book about a mouse who sees flying things in the sky. He builds a pinwheel out of the paper in the book so he can fly as well.

Willa and the Wind retold by Janice M. Del Negro and illustrated by Heather Solomon.

This is an original story based on a Norwegian Folktale. A beautifully illustrated picture book about a girl who goes to visit the Wind and gets priceless gifts each time she visits.

Splish, Splash, Ducky! By Lucy Cousins

Quack, quack, quack! Ducky Duckling loves playing outside in the rain. He hops with frog, squirms with wriggly worm and splashes with the fishes.

Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld

Cloudette is a little cloud who is looking to do something big. She discovers new friends, new adventures, and her own silver lining.

Cloudette bookmark coloring activity here : https://www.tomlichtenheld.com/childrens_books/images/activity_guides/BookmarkLichtenheld.pdf

The Rain Came Down

Caldecott Honor artist David Shannon captures the mayhem after an unexpected rainstorm.

Drip painting activity https://inspirationlaboratories.com/the-rain-came-down-drip-painting/

Wind activities: http://keepinglifecreative.com/creative-learning/the-windy-day-book-of-week

Weather Watchers

The Weather Girls by Aki

Summer, Fall, Winter, or Spring the Weather Girls are ready for whatever the seasons might bring! Follow these busy girls as they climb mountains, fly hot-air balloons, and soak in a rainbow-sky sunset.
Red sky at night by Elly MacKay
Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. And, the next morning, when the dew is on the grass, no rain will come to pass. These are the perfect conditions for a grandfather to take his grandchildren out on a fishing trip.
Weather by Clare Oliver
Experiments with weather by SalvatoreTocci
Weather facts:
Printable weather game:
Printable weather wheel to color:
Weather activity ideas:
Fun weather coloring sheets:

Moon and Stars

Sun, Moon and Stars by Stephanie Turnbull

Easy to read nonfiction book that answers such questions as “What is the sun made of?” and “How did astronauts get to the moon?” plus others on what’s out in space.

Rabbit Moon by Jean Kim

One night, Rabbit takes a wish and makes it float down to earth and when it comes true, he makes new friends. This whimsical story told in rhymes is inspired by Korean folklore and includes many fantastical elements.

Earth Space Moon Base by Ben Joel Price

A funny quick read about life on other planets.

Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle

A little girl wants to play with the moon, but she can’t quite reach it. This story literally unfolds as the pages extend both outward and upward as her father goes on a journey to get the moon for his daughter.

Moon Dreams by Ruth Martin

Moon Theater by Étienne Delessert

Moon activities

http://www.onceuponalearningadventure.com/2013/01/space-case-and-100th-day-sneak.html?spref=pi

Sun, moon, earth model printable

file:///C:/Users/lclbr3/AppData/Local/Temp/Sun,%20Earth,%20Moon%20Model.pdf

Moon phases printable chart

https://homeschoolclipart.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/MoonChart.pdf

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