MISSION MONDAY: Pumpkin Poetry

MISSION MONDAY: Pumpkin Poetry photo

Welcome to Mission Monday, a series of posts highlighting the ways North Salem students embrace the district mission of engaging in continual improvement, including questioning, defining and solving problems through critical and creative thinking. To learn more about the North Salem Mission, please click here.

During the week of Halloween, kindergarten students used their Habits of Mind to create a standing structure based on the poem “The Five Little Pumpkins.”

“Kindergartners were given various materials, including pumpkin toothpicks, clothespins, Play-Doh, Popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners and more, and were challenged with the task of creating five pumpkins sitting on a gate,” said kindergarten teacher Victoria Lodewick.

The students had to think flexibly by using the various materials in different ways to make their structures stand on their own. Some students wanted to give up at times, but persevered and tried a new strategy. 

“The students had a blast acting out the poem using their free-standing gates,” said Lodewick. “Everyone was impressed with the dedicated work!”