10 Pumpkins lesson ideas
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SubjectUse Real Pumpkins suggestionCommentLink to blog or lesson planContributor
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MathBuy pumpkin, have students estimate number of seeds inside before opening, estimate seeds in a "clump of stuff", count seeds. If multiple pumpkins compare number of seeds to diameter of pumpkindailystem (Chris Woods)
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ScienceBuy pumpkin, have students separate seeds & plant them (with sun, without sun, with different types of soildailystem (Chris Woods)
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MathGet a bunch of reasonably round pumpkins of various sizes. Have students measure the distance around their middle (circumference) and distance through their middle (diameter). Collect the data for all the pumpkins in a Google Sheet. Calculate the ratio of circumference to diameter for each. Average all the results to discover the value of pi (or at least approach an approximation of pi). Hey, it's pumpkin pi!http://www.controlaltachieve.com/2016/03/discovering-pi-with-google-sheets.htmlEric Curts @ericcurts
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ScienceBuy pumpkins and test if they sink or float, try different sizes and record what happens
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creative writingAdd to story...leave a mini pumpkin on a random student's desk and have them add the next line/paragraph to the story and then pass the pumpkin to a peer. Collaborative story building!Christi Godard @DrGodard
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STEMHave a few sizes of pumpkins and number them starting with 1 in consecutive order by weight. Students use variety of items (paper, index cards, cards, etc.) to build a free-standing structure that will hold the pumpkin. See who can build the most structures overall, who can support the largest pumpkins, or who can support multiple pumpkins. Take pictures and post on padlet to observe and analyze; compare methods that were successful or unsuccessful. Niki Ellis @pvnellis
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MathEstimate how many seeds there are based on weight or volume of the pumpkin. @iwearthecrowns
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Math/ScienceMeasure the volumes of various sized pumpkins by placing them into a tank of water. Then measure their mass. Calculate the density of the pumpkins and discuss discrepancies (large and small) between pumpkins. Can we take the average of all the calculated densities to estimate the true density of a pumpkin? Would their be a better way to calculate the density of a pumpkin?@MkmoTeacher
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WritingCreate a story of how the first jack-o-lantern was created. Then compare to the original story and see how close you areKenneshae Murray @kenneshae
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MathGive the size of a pumpkin patch. Students have to determine how many pumpkins can fit inside, taking into consideration that people have to walk and pick them outKenneshae Murray @kenneshae
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MathHave students work in groups to count the number of seeds in a pumpkin. Encourage the kids to think of a grouping strategy, so they can skip count when adding up the grand total. *Friendly tip: even the baby sized pumpkins have A LOT of seeds. These are a good size for the Littles.@pintobeanz11
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Science?Bring in various types of pumpkins that come from the same pumpkin family. Have students pick two different types and have students oberve their similarities and differences. Students can organize their date using a Venn diagram. Students should be able to observe their color, size, shape, texture, smell. Depending on the pumpkins they pick, they can measure their weight and size.@sabrinaL231
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STEMDesign and 3D Print individual pumpkins. Literally #MakeItReal with pumpkinshttps://www.3dhubs.com/talk/thread/3d-hubs-halloween-collection-3d-printable-pumpkins@MathDenisNJ
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MathUse Desmos to model real pumpkins, create pumpkin games, and display mathematics in action.http://denissheeran.com/desmos-for-halloween/@MathDenisNJ
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ELADo a Google Slides Choose Your Own Adventure Story and use real pumpkins as clues in the classroom/schoolhttp://www.alicekeeler.com/2016/11/16/google-slides-choose-adventure/@MathDenisNJ
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MathPumpkin Subtraction with Google Slides. Have students use the pumpkins to create their own subtraction problem. Take a picture of the pumpkins and add them to the slide. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1BxJ1G4RKINWhA0hiQ6_g80cY6lC_kbAgiRGjrCTZjwE/edit#slide=id.p
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MathDesign a pumpkin patch. Calculate area and perimeter. Design array rows.
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Problem SolvingHave students generate as many questions they can think of relating to pumpkins and then pursue the answers to all of them.KimGardner
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Vocabulary developmentHave students design how they would carve a pumpkin to express various traits (such as avaricious, shy, despicable, deceptive, generous, awestruck, or others). Of course, the student would have to learn what the word means first, before figuring out how to convey the meaning through a decorated pumpkin.KimGardner
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ScienceCarve a pumpkin then do the elephant toothpaste reaction (decomposition of hydrogen peroxide) inside the pumpkin. Foam shoots out of the face of the pumpkin. This can be a launching point for a discussion about catalysts.@MrWinslowRH
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SpanishBring in multiple pumpkins and give one to each group of students. Have them write a story about the pumpkin using the tense appropriate to their level. The story can be about the actual pumpkin, or just something that happened while the pumpkin was there. Let the students imagination lead the story!@SenoraSiddique
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ScienceGrow Crystals in the shape of pumpkins - Teach crystallization, solutions, supersaturated and saturated. https://www.kiwico.com/diy/Holidays-and-Events/2/project/Halloween-Crystals-/2697@thisismaryellen
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MathPut answers on the bottom of pumpins, students have to write the problem that made the answer.@awuerfele
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MathI have heard (source unknown) that each section of a pumpkin (between vertical bands) is supposed to have 17 seeds. How many seeds would you estimate your pumpkin has? Count in most efficient way and compare.
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MathI always bring in a pumpkin (medium sized) and let the children guess how many vertical lines are on the pumpkin. Closest wins pumpkin. @maryalycia420
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HistoryBring several size pumpkins to class, and pass them around. Ask class to research the "Columbian Exchange" have class track where pumpkins came from. Can even go further and have them research how pumpkins became a seasonal staple for fall @magMikaela
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