⁣Lesson Plan: Exploring the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch

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⁣Lesson Plan: Exploring the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch

Grade Level: K-2

Subject: Social Studies / Science

Duration: 60 minutes

Common Core Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.K.1: With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.1: Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.1: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.K.5: Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.1.5: Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.2.5: Create audio recordings of stories or poems; add drawings or other visual displays to stories or recounts of experiences when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.

Objectives:
- Students will learn about the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch and its significance during the fall season.
- Students will explore the concept of pumpkin growth and the different varieties available.
- Students will create visual displays or audio recordings to describe their experience at the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch.

Materials:
- Pictures or videos showcasing the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch
- Drawing materials (paper, crayons, markers) or recording devices (microphones, smartphones)

Procedure:

1. Introduction (10 minutes):
- Begin the lesson by discussing the fall season and its connection to pumpkins.
- Introduce the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch as a popular destination during the fall season.

2. Reading and Discussion (15 minutes):
- Show pictures or videos of the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch to the students.
- Read a short text or provide information about the pumpkin patch, its attractions, and the activities available.
- Engage students in a discussion by asking questions such as: What do you see in the pictures/videos? Why do you think people visit the pumpkin patch? Have you ever been to a pumpkin patch before?

3. Pumpkin Growth and Varieties (15 minutes):
- Discuss the life cycle of a pumpkin, from seed to plant to harvest.
- Show pictures or provide examples of different pumpkin varieties (e.g., orange, white, striped).
- Encourage students to share their knowledge or experiences with pumpkins.

4. Visual Displays or Audio Recordings (15 minutes):
- Provide drawing materials or recording devices to the students.
- Instruct students to create visual displays or audio recordings describing their experience at the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch.
- Encourage students to include key details, such as the activities they enjoyed, the types of pumpkins they saw, and their favorite part of the visit.

5. Sharing and Reflection (5 minutes):
- Allow students to share their visual displays or audio recordings with the class.
- Facilitate a brief discussion about the different experiences and observations shared.
- Ask students to reflect on what they learned about the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch and pumpkins in general.

Common Core Labels Correlations:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.K.1
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.1
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.1
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.K.5
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.1.5
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.2.5

? IRVINE PARK RAILROAD PUMPKIN PATCH (Sept 17-Oct 31)? Address: 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869☎️ Phone: 714-997-3968? Website: www.irvineparkrailroad.com⏰ Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun 8am-6pm? Entry price: FreeDiscounts: Sign up for their free eNewletter and receive coupons ?️ Parking: Entrance fee per vehicle Mon-Fri $3, Sat-Sun $5 and on holidays $7⏱ Time spent: 2 hours?? Clothing: Check the weather before you go. The weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended. Best to wear closed toe shoes.?What we packed: @pipettebaby sunscreen, @okeeffescompany lip sunscreen, @suds2go cap, @publicgoods insect repellent, @madegoodfoods, @zegofoods, fruits and water. ? Where to eat: Snack bar located at the train station. You may bring your own food to the park. ? Pet allowed: No, not allowed inside the pumpkin patch.Stroller friendly: Yes?? Restrooms: Yes, porta potties and flushable toilets. We also brought our @suds2go portable hand wash.? What we observed: Arrive at opening to avoid the park entry wait and crowds. Lots of great photo ops. Activities range from 1-2 tickets. $7/ticket or $90 for 15 tickets ($15 savings). Activities: Train ride, Hay ride, Bouncer, tractor race, Cookie decorating, Carnival games, Pumpkin decorating, Face painting, Pan for gold, Haunted House, and Hay Maze. Tickets can be used for future visits. ? Birthday party rentals: No, not inside the pumpkin patch but yes on other areas of the park.Future events: Santa’s Village (11/25-12/23) and Easter Eggstravaganza (3/25-4/15) ☑️ Other things to do inside the park: Rentals- bike, paddle boat, horse. Orange County Zoo ($2/person), pony rides, hiking, fishing at the lake (with a fishing license)Recommended itinerary: 8am Pumpkin Patch, 10am Orange County Zoo, 11:30 Lunch, 12:30pm bike or paddle boat rentals. See you next Tuesday with another video around California Social Links = Check out our Blog http://califoreigners.com Follow us on Instagram http://instagram.com/thecaliforeigners- - - - -Music by: LesFMSong: Deep House of The Weekend(Patreon)- - - - -

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