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Explore growth cycles through the seasons then create original chalk drawings of pumpkins ready for harvest.
Study the changing seasons, and how the weather affects plants that grow in various regions. In areas with four seasons (spring, summer, fall, and winter), there is an obvious cycle of growth, characterized by beginnings and endings in the plant world. The natural culmination of the growth cycle, which happens when the weather cools, is often celebrated. Some of these celebrations include the Mid-Autumn Festival in China, Halloween in North America, Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) in Mexico, and Thanksgiving in many countries.
One vegetable often associated with fall harvests is the pumpkin. Pumpkins are sometimes hollowed out, then carved to resemble faces, which were once thought to protect people's households. A candle is placed inside of the pumpkin, which casts an eerie light. Carved pumpkins, called Jack o' Lanterns, can be found on porches and windowsills in late fall.
To create a friendly pumpkin, begin by having students touching, smelling, and looking closely at the way pumpkins are shaped. Pumpkins come in many sizes and shapes, but they always have many long grooves that extend from the stem to the bottom. These grooves get wider at the middle of the pumpkin, then narrow at the top and bottom. If you are younger or have special needs, you may wish to run your fingers up and down these grooves. Also, feel the scratchy stem at the top.
Cover a table with recycled newspaper. Use Crayola® Colored Drawing Chalk to draw a large pumpkin, complete with a stem, on colored paper. Draw a face with rosy cheeks.
Color the pumpkin with orange, yellow, and/or brown chalk for a realistic effect, using darker colors to create grooves and shadows. Use pale colors for lighter areas. Blend colors with a paper towel. Remove any chalk dust by lifting the drawing and tapping the bottom edge lightly on the newspaper.
People around the world give thanks for their food. Celebrate a harvest of pineapples, pumpkins, or pomegranates-and sho
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