Uncle Bob's Pumpkin Patch

 Georgia Performance Standards (GPS)

2nd Grade

 From the wheel to the pedal, belt, flyer, and bobbin you will learn all about the “Spinning Wheel” and the process in turning fiber into yarn. You will learn about changes in size, weight, color, and movement of things while noting those qualities that stay the same as Aunt Jan works magic on the “Spinning Wheel”. You will witness how a copper pipe and ammonia change the color of fibers right before your eyes! Compare the sizes, weights, and speeds of hand spindles and spinning wheels. 

(GPS # S2CS4 - a, b, c, & d)

When you visit our “Petting Zoo”, “Chicken House”, “Bee Barn”, “Bat Theater”, and the Q&A board, you will make many discoveries and be able to compare different characteristics such as sizes, weights, ages and speeds of many different animals, especially the mommies and their young. On the “Hay Ride”, you will get to meet and observe many different breeds, sizes, and ages of horses! You will learn to identify and compare characteristics that include those that enhance survival and the basic needs of all the animals on the farm. You will learn of the various stages of life cycles of the many different animals including goats, sheep, birds; represented by chickens, turkeys, and peacocks; and insects in the form of bees in the bee hive.

(GPS # S2CS4 - c & d, S2L1 - a)

As you wander through various habitats found in the woods along the “Nature Trail”, stroll through the “Vine Tunnel”, and visit the “Sundial, Herb, and Water Gardens”, you will observe trees and plants still in summer growth, some starting to transition into fall foliage, and others transitioning into winter dormancy.  All kinds of mushrooms and other fungi can be found living in abundance along the “Nature Trail”.  You will observe and be able to identify the basic needs of plants, compare variables that might affect growth, identify the parts of a plant and their functions, identify a wide variety of plants and their uses, and identify various habitats and the interdependence of the animals and the plants you see on the farm.  Without the bee, the pumpkin flowers would not get pollinated, and without the pumpkin vine there would be no squash vine borers or stink bugs for the bats and guinea fowl to eat. The fish in the water garden need the food and oxygen produced by the water plants, and the carnivorous plants take care of pesky insects found in the woodland, pond and marsh habitats. This is very exciting learning experience!

(GPS# S2L1 - b & c; QCC 10,11, 12, 14, 15,16, 17, & 18)


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