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Looking at W:
A Watermelon

Use your watermelon unit as an opportunity to talk about other words that begin with the same sound that "w" makes in watermelon. [Examples: window, walrus, worm, walk, wave, water, winter, wood] Then provide for each child a plastic laundry soap scoop. Hot glue four macaroni wheels to each front and rear side of the scoop to create a wheelbarrow. Help children fill each scoop full with potting soil and plant watermelon seeds. Water lightly. When the plant starts to grow, add a plastic worm to the soil. Let children take their creations home and talk with their families about all the "w" words they learned, including the ones represented by their creations: watermelon, wheelbarrow, water, and worm.



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