Summer Fun Day 4: Watermelon

Watermelon

My boys love watermelon so we decided to make it our Summer Fun Day 4 activities.  We found lots too do with math, language, and art today.

Read: Watermelon Day by Kathi Appelt

Discuss:

  1. Watermelon is 92% water.
  2. Watermelon is actually a vegetable and not a fruit. It is cousins to cucumbers,pumpkins and squash.
  3. Over 1,200 varieties of watermelon are grown in 96 countries worldwide.
  4. Watermelon is an ideal health food because it doesn’t contain any fat or cholesterol, is high in fiber and vitamins A & C and is a good source of potassium.
  5. Every part of a watermelon is edible, even the seeds and rinds.

Watermelon Predictions

Discuss: A prediction is a guess, it’s okay if the prediction is wrong, just use your best judgement.

Materials:

  • Watermelon
  • Tape Measure
  • Scale

Directions:

  1. Child predicts how long the watermelon is, how much it weighs and how many stripes are on it.IMG_2283
  2. Use the tape measure to measure the length to find out how long the watermelon actually is.IMG_2285
  3. Use the scale to weight it.
  4. And last count the stripes.

Watermelon Fractions

As we cut the watermelon we did some simple fractions.

First we cut it in half.IMG_2290

Next we cut it into fourths.

 Next we cut it into eighths.

And then I sliced each eighth so we could eat it.

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Watermelon Word Fun

We used page 12 of the Watermelon Word Fun page of this download to describe the watermelon with our 5 senses.

Counting Watermelon Seeds

Materials:

  • Red and Green Felt
  • Dry Black Beans
  • Scissors

Directions:

  1. Cut a watermelon sliced shape out of the red and green felt.
  2. Glue the red on top of the green.
  3. Use 30 black beans for the watermelon seeds.IMG_2270
  4. Put the seeds in groups of 2 on the watermelon and count by 2’s.
  5. Try grouping the seeds by 5’s and 10’s.

Extension:

Seed Counting Game- Each student gets 15 watermelon seeds and one die. Students take turns rolling the die and adding that many seeds to their watermelon. First to get all their seeds on the watermelon wins!IMG_2276

Watermelon Time

We used page 5 and 6 of the Watermelon Time page of this download to listen for adjectives about watermelon from the poem.IMG_2264

 Watermelon Pastels

Materials:

  • Oil Pastels and Black Paint
  • White paper
  • Tissue

Directions:

  1. First make a green rind like a smile.
  2. Skip about an inch to show the white part of the rind.
  3. Draw a red pyramid with a curved bottom, and fill in the red portion.
  4. Take your tissue and spread the red out gently.
  5. Add a few black dots of black paint with your finger tip for the seeds.IMG_2313

Watermelon Comparisons

We used page 8 of the Watermelon Comparisons page of this download to think of similes about watermelons.IMG_2277

Watermelon Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • Red and Green food coloring
  • Mini Chocolate Chips

Directions:

  1. In a bowl cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat until smooth.
  2. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder and baking soda. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Stir till soft dough forms. IMG_2253
  3. Divide dough into 2 parts and color one part red and one part green with food coloring.IMG_2257
  4. Shape the dough like a watermelon and add mini chocolate chips as the seeds.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  6. Bake cookies for 8 minutes or until lightly browned and let cool.IMG_2301 IMG_2298

Garden Patch Math Game

We played the Garden Patch Math Game from Teacher Created Resources to help J review his addition combinations.  IMG_2280

Watermelon Words Cut & Paste

We used page 2 and 3 of the Watermelon Words Cut & Paste page of this download to glue the words that describe the watermelon onto the watermelon.

Summer Fun Unit Study

Day 1: The Sun

Day 2: Water

Day 3: Baseball

Day 4: Watermelon

Day 5: Bubbles

Day 6: Lemonade

Day 7: Water Balloons

Day 8: Ice Cream

Day 9: Swimming