A Watermelon Unit makes a fun one to two day theme near the end of the school year~~and gets us all in the mood for summer!  Below you will find  watermelon activities, songs, books, poems and links to use with your unit.
Down By The Bay

Down by the bay
Where the watermelon grow
Back to my home
I dare not go
For if I do
My Mother would say
"Did you ever see a bear?
Coming his hair?"
Down by the bay.

Down by the bay
Where the watermelon grow
Back to my home
I dare not go
For if I do
My Mother would say,
"Did you ever see a Goose?
Kissing a Moose?"
Down by the bay.

Down by the bay
Where the watermelon grow
Back to my home
I dare not go
For if I do
My Mother would say,
"Did you ever see a whale?
With a polka dot tail?"
Down by the bay.

Down by the bay
Where the watermelon grow
Back to my home
I dare not go
For if I do
My Mother would say
"Did you ever have a time?
When you couldn't make a rhyme?"
Down by the bay.
Watermelon Art

Materials:
Paper plates
watercolors
watermelon seeds

1.  Cut paper plates in half--enough for each child to have a half.

2.  Let students paint the rim of the paper plate green.

3.  Paint the center of the plate red.

4.  Glue real watermelon seeds on the paper plate.

We usually make this art project at the end of our watermelon unit when we are tasting watermelon that I bring to school.  As they eat their watermelon they take out the seeds and can use then for their art project. 

This is a quick and cute art projet that takes about 15 minutes.  The watermelon look great on a bulletin board.
Watermelon Math Activities

Estimate circumference of Watermelon with
strings of yarn and compare.


Make predictions about the number of seeds in a watermelon or slice of watermelon.
Have a prize for the winner!


Bring your scale to school and measure different sizes and shapes of watermelon.
Predict which will weigh more or less and have children draw or write explanations to support their predictions.
More Measurement Fun

Save seeds from a watermelon and take your kids to the playground for a watermelon seed spitting contest.  Mark off a starting point and then put your kids in two lines.  I use a girls line and a boys line so that everyone can see the activity but the lines still remain orderly.  Give each child a watermelon seed as they step up to the starting line and a marker ( I use milk jug lids) to place over their seed.  This is great fun and a good opportunity to compare lengths and review meausurement terms and positional words with the kids.
Watermelon Cookies

Watermelon Cookies

3/4 c. butter or margarine
3/4 c. sugar
1 egg
1/2 t. almond extract
2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 t. salt
1/4 t. baking powder
Red and Green food coloring
Raisins ( Used to resemble watermelon seeds)

In a mixing bowl, cream butter, sugar, egg, and extract until light and fluffy. Combine flout, salt, and baking powder; stir into creamed mixture and mix well. Remove 1 cup of dough; set aside. At low speed, beat in enough red food coloring to tint dough deep red. Roll into a 3 1/2-in.-long tube; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours. Divide 1 cup of reserved dough into two pieces. To one piece, add enough green food coloring to tint dough deep green. Do not tint remaining piece of dough. Wrap each piece separately in plastic wrap; chill until firm. On a floured sheet of waxed paper, roll untinted dough into a 8 1/2-in. x 3 1/2-in. rectangle. Place red dough along short end of rectangle. Roll up and encircle red dough with untinted dough; set aside. On floured waxed paper, roll the green dough into a 10-in. x 3 1/2-in. rectangle. Place tube of red/untinted dough along the short end of green dough. Roll up and encircle tube with green dough; Cover tightly with plastic wrap; refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight. Unwrap dough and cut into 1/8-in. slices, place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Lightly press raisins and sesame seeds into each slice. Bake at 375 for 6-8 min. or until cookies are firm, but not brown. While still warm, cut each cookie in half or into pie-shaped wedges. Remove to a wire rack to cool.

Makes 3 dozen

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How To Grow A Watermelon---Link
                 Watermelon A-B-C

A-B-CDE
Watermelon is good for me!

F-G-HIJ
I can eat it everyday!

K-L-MNO
It's a fruit.  Did you know?

P-Q-RST
Ripe and really juicy!

U-V-WXY
You will like it.  Give it a try!
Z-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z-ZzZZZZZ
Watermelon Cheer ~This is another version sent to me by Dee Dee who teaches Kindergarten at Polk Elementary in Baton Rouge, Louisiana~

A-B-CDE

Watermelon is good for me.

F-G-HIJ

I can eat it every day.

K-L-MNO


Plant a seed and watch it grow.

P-Q-RST


Ripe and very juicy

U-V-WXY

You will like it if you try.

Z-Z-ZZZ

Watermelon is good for me!
~Watermelon Song~
Sent in by Dee Dee who is a Kindergarten teacher at Polk Elementary in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Thanks Dee Dee!

                                       
Watermelon,  watermelon

On  the  vine,  on  the  vine,

Green  and  ripe  and  juicy,

Green  and  ripe  and  juicy,

Please  be  mine,

Please  be  mine.
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