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Watermelon Theme / Unit at Teaching Heart

Here is a favorite theme to start or end your school year with! Below you will find lesson ideas, printables, poems, and more for a wonderful watermelon unit!

Updated - May 30, 2005

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Mini Book

My Watermelon by Colleen Gallagher

First I plant a seed and it grows.
I'll watch it grow on the vine and soon it will be time.
Yes, it is time to pick the melon.
Now it's time to slice it.
Finally we get to eat!
Watermelon is good for me!

Below is a picture of some pages from my emergent reader.
Students can read and color the pages.
The last page asks them to draw a picture of themselves eating a watermelon!
This emergent reader is in the Back to School Packet.
Click here to learn more!

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Graph Watermelon Favorites

I like watermelon flavored koolaide the best...
I like watermelon flavored jello the best...
I like watermelon flavored bubble gum the best...
I like watermelon the fruit the best...

Here is the graph sheet I have my students use after sampling all the watermelon snacks! They tally and graph. They also need to use their graph reading skills. This graph is found in the back to school packet. Click here to learn more!

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Watermelon Words

Brainstorm words to describe the outside of the watermelon.
Cut open the watermelon and brainstorm what the inside looks like.
Finally eat the watermelo to add more words to the list.

Below is a sheet I have my students fill out after we brainstorm together. This is found in the Back to School Packet! Click here to learn more!

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Watermelon Books From Amazon
Click a title to read more about the book or to purchase the book!

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Make Watermelon Playdough

Recipe:
2 1/2 cups of Flour
1 Tbl. Alum
1/2 cup Salt
3Tbl. Vegetable Oil
2 cups boiling Water
1 pkg. Watermelon Jello or Koolaide

Combine flour,alum,and salt.
Add oil and boiling water.
Stir or use hands to mix.
Add a pack of jello powder or koolaideand mix until done and feels like dough!

WOODEN DYNAMITE DOUGH ROLLERS (6 PC)

Item Number: IN-56/8507

You can purchase bulk rollers at Oriental Trading for your students to use with this recipe. Click the icon below and search for dough rollers!

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Watermelon Math

Estimate how much the watermelon weighs.
Will the watermelon sink or float?
Guess how many seeds are in a watermelon.
Estimate circumference of a watermelon.

Watermelon Math Center

Make 10 green rinds and write a number word on them.
Make 10 red watermelon parts and place seeds on them.
Students match the rind to the watermelon.

Here is a baggie center I made. The student matched the rind to the correct watermelon. This is found in the back to school packet. Click here to learn more!

Watermelon Fractions

MAke fractions using paper watermelons (halves, quarters, thirds...)

Watermelon Dice Game

For each game: Cutout a large watermelon from cardstock. Cut out 40 watermelon seeds.
To play: students play in twos. Each student gets 20 watermelon seeds and one die. Students take turns rolling the die. First to get all their seeds on the watermelon wins!

Watermelon Seed Math Game

Program a set of watermelon cards with numbers 1-9. Place cards face down. Student draws two cards and adds them together to find the sum.

Watermelon Glyph

How old are you - Place seeds on to match age.

Watermelon is your favorite fruit - seeds are round.
Watermelon is not your favorite fruit - seeds are square.

I am a boy - yellow rind
I am a girl - green rind

Which do you like best?
I like watermelon flavored koolaide best - pink watermelon
I like watermelon flavored gum best - red melon

Math or Reading?
1 bite mark - I prefer math
2 bites - I prefer reading

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Bulletin Board Ideas

Take a bite out of first grade!
Growing Wonderful First Graders!
Anyway you slice it grade 2 is a real treat!
Grade 2 is one in a melon! - students pictures in a melon!

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Some fun goodies at Oriental Trading!!!


WATERMELON & ANTS CRAFT SHAPES (400PC)

Item Number: IN-48/20990

These shapes would be nice for counting activities, math mats, or to use for a craft!

To get this on OT, click the icon below and search for watermelon!

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ONE IN A MELON PHOTO MAGNET CRAFT KIT

Item Number: IN-48/2412

This would make a great bboard entitled:
"Grade 2 is One in a Melon!" - students pictures in a melon! The craft above comes from oriental trading. You get a set of 12 crafts for under $6.00. I like these becuase all you have to do is hand out a bag to each students and some glue and they are ready to go. Take their picture on the first day and you have a great back to school bboard that is too easy. Now if you wish not to spend the $, this would be easy to create with construction paper too!

To get this on OT, click the icon below and search for melon!

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Letter W Fun

Cutout a big W and have the students glue watermelon seeds to it!

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Watermelon Poems, Songs, & Fingerplays

The Watermelon Song
(tune: Frere Jacques)

Watermelon, watermelon,
Tastes so yummy, tastes so yummy,
Green on the outside,
Red on the inside,
With black seeds, with black seeds.

Watermelon, everywhere,
On my face and on my hair.
On my fingers, on my toes,
Watermelon on my nose.

{point to nose}

This may seem funny,
But best in my tummy!
{rub tummy}
This may look funny,
But its best, in my tummy!

Down By The Bay

Down by the bay

Where the watermelons grow

Back to my home

I dare not go

For if I do

My mother will say,

"Did you ever see a bear

Combing his hair?"

Down by the bay.

Down by the bay

Where the watermelons grow

Back to my home

I dare not go

For if I do

My mother will say,

"Did you ever see a bee

With a sunburned knee?"

Down by the bay.

Down by the bay

Where the watermelons grow

Back to my home

I dare not go

For if I do

My mother will say,

"Did you ever see a moose

Kissing a goose?"

Down by the bay.

Down by the bay

Where the watermelons grow

Back to my home

I dare not go

For if I do

My mother will say,

"Did you ever see a whale

With a polka dot tail?"

Down by the bay.

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Favorite Links

Mrs.Sirois' Country Kindergarten - Includes a great idea
for a watermelon back to school hunt.

Class Book Idea

Mrs. Pohlmeyers Kinderpage

Pre-K Fun - Tons of great ideas for your unit!

Math Ideas

Recipes

Watermellon Cookies

The Virtual Vine

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Links To Printables

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