Learning With Pumpkins
Art/Reading Share the following poem with your class. Then have a pumpkin-decorating party. Each child can bring in his or her own pumpkin, or you can look into getting pumpkins donated from a local farm market.
The Pumpkin Nobody Wanted – But Me
by Heidi Roemer
My pumpkin isn't pretty.
His orange skin is bumpy.
His left side's flat and yellow,
the other, bruised and lumpy.
He's splashed with muddy smudges.
No, my pumpkin isn't prim.
But he'll greet our trick-or-treaters
with a frightful, ghoulish grin!
Depending on the amount of time you have, and your students' ages, carve, paint or decorate the pumpkins with markers after asking the children to use very specific words to describe their pumpkins.
In this activity your students can make a book describing the inside and outside of a pumpkin by using the five senses and observation skills.
Share some pumpkin history with your students.
Your class will read a chart about ten of the biggest pumpkins in the world. Afterward they can determine what math operation needs to be used to solve word problems based on the chart.