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"Who Is In Our Pumpkin Patch?"= Students create a pumpkin shaped book that is attached by the stems. Students then write a paragraph about themselves without revealing their names. Glue the paragraphs onto the front of the pumpkin book.  The paragraph must end with "Who am I?" Take a picture of each student and attach the photo to the inside of their book.  Place "pumpkins" on a bulletin board already assembled to look like a pumpkin patch. Students can then read the pumpkins and guess who it is describing.  They lift the pumpkin cover to see whose picture is hiding underneath it.


Pumpkin Patch: Make a class pumpkin patch using balloons. Blow up a balloon for each child. Paper-maiche the balloons and let dry. Provide green and orange paint.  Have students paint pumpkins and let dry.  On a table, place green table cover with green grass (the ones used for Easter baskets). Place pumpkins on table, You have a pumpkin patch! 



Pumpkin Measurements: Here's a fun way to practice measuring in inches and pounds. Have students bring in a small pumpkin (our school had a pumpkin patch in the courtyard, courtesy of a florist). Give students a large piece of construction paper to fold in half to create a book.  On the inside, students write the following:

Name of my pumpkin:
I like my pumpkin because. . . . . . . . 

Students measure and weigh their pumpkins and write the results in their pumpkin book.  They can then write a sentence or paragraph about their pumpkin.  On the cover, students draw a picture of their pumpkin (or what their pumpkin would look like as a jack-o-lantern).

Pumpkin Graphing: Using the information in their pumpkin books, create a graph on the weight and size of the pumpkins in class.

Estimation: Take pumpkin from the learning center.  Carve it open and clean out. Count the seeds.  See which student has the closest estimation.

Pumpkin Math: Have students work in cooperative groups to do the following. Provide students with a worksheet and pumpkin seeds.  Students will use the seeds to solve the problems on the worksheet.


Life Cycle of a Pumpkin: Discuss the life cycle of a pumpkin. Then have students create a pumpkin's cycle from seed to pumpkin in their pumpkin book.  Use a real seed, construction paper for the pumpkins, tissue paper for the blossom (flower), and green pipe cleaners for vines. 


Pumpkin How-To's: Have students write how to carve a jack-o-lantern by using sequence words such as first, next, then, last, etc. 

Pumpkin Match: Each child draws a jack-o-lantern face and write a description of the face they have drawn. Then, have each child switch descriptions with a partner. The partner draws the jack-o-lantern face on a new pumpkin cut-out by following the description. When the partners are done, they compare the original drawing to the new one to see if they match.

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Poems & Songs

5 Little Pumpkins:
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate
The first one said, "Oh, my! Its getting late!"
The second one said, "There are witches in the air!"
The third one said, "But we don't care!"
The fourth one said, "Let's run, let's run!"
The fifth one said, "Its only Halloween fun."
Then woooooo went the wind, and out went the light,
And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.

Mr. Pumpkin  
(tune:  Where is thumpkin)
Mr. Pumpkin, Mr. Pumpkin,
Eyes so round, eyes so round
Halloween is coming, Halloween is coming
To my town, to my town.

Pumpkin Song  
(tune: I'm a little teapot)
I'm a little pumpkin, orange and round
Here is my stem and there is the ground
When I get all cut up, don't you shout
Just open me up and scoop me out!

Pumpkin Time
(tune: Where is Thumpkin?)
I like pumpkins, I like pumpkins.
Round and fat, round and fat.
See them growing on the vine.
I can't wait to go pick mine.
Pumpkin time, pumpkin time.


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 Learning Center

Pumpkin Vocabulary: Program pumpkin cut-outs with pumpkin words.  Have students put them in alphabetical order, write sentences, or create a story.

Pumpkin Estimation: At the beginning of the unit, place a pumpkin at a center. Have students guess the size and weight and place their guess in a box.  

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