"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
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
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).
Using the information in their pumpkin books, create a graph on the
weight and size of the pumpkins in class.
Take pumpkin from the
learning center. Carve it open and clean out. Count the
seeds. See which student has the closest estimation.
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
Have students write how to carve a jack-o-lantern by using sequence
words such as first, next, then, last, etc.