Hallowe’en Week

Today kicks off the week leading towards Hallowe’en.  This week and next shows the effects of chocolate and the wrappings that it comes from in the classroom.  It’s amazing to find the places where rolled up candy wrappers end up as the contents are eaten when the teacher’s back is turned!

One of my truly favourite movies was “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown“.  It looks like it’s going to be shown again this week on ABC.

The realities of pumpkin carving in the classroom are a little messy but, no worries, the internet takes care of you.  Here are some links to some interesting virtual pumpkin carving sites.

As you can see, there are no shortages for resources to replace the newspaper on the floor, scooping seeds and inside contents, sharp knives, etc. of the traditional activity.

Plus, these play nicely on a SMART Board and are friendly to experimentation.


GEC Computers in the Classroom – October 2009

Since they’re just images, you can capture those images in a number of ways.  Once captured, they import nicely into an application like Comic Life for resources for some story creation and story telling.  From a mathematics point of view, it’s a great opportunity to talk about symmetry and proportion.  In the science classroom, the pumpkin proves itself to be one of the hardiest things you’ll find on a farm, withstanding the fall weather.

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