I just love pumpkins and so this is one of my favorite times of year to be a teacher! So I am here with some pumpkin resources for your that I know you will love!
There are so many great pumpkin books… Pumpkin, Pumpkin, The Littlest Pumpkin, and I could go on and on. So this year I wanted to find some new books and boy was I excited to read these two treasures to my class!
How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? is a great story with lots of math! It’s all about counting seeds. Probably more suited for older grades, but my students enjoyed the parts that did apply to their counting skills! We laughed and awed about how many different ways we could count seeds!
And How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow? is another great story loaded with math terms for size. Great for vocabulary and ideas for writing! “Could the most colossal pumpkin fill the Grand Canyon?” This book really sparked some conversations that got the kids really thinking about size!
Speaking of writing… I always like to buy the most odd pumpkins I can find to put in my writing center. This year these were our great finds! I have not put them out just yet but usually the lumpy pumpkins get the funniest stories!
I always like to do some investigations with pumpkins. Here’s a great one page freebie for pumpkins if you want to do pumpkins quickly and not really get too into them. Located in my Random Freebies file.
If you are wanting to get more in depth with pumpkins then you definitely need Let’s Plant Pumpkins! This Interactive Learning Journal is loaded with activities to deepen students understanding!
These journals are so easy to use and fit any curriculum. You seriously can just add some nonfiction books and have 1-2 weeks worth of activities for your science block!
So with this journal you start by opening up a pumpkin. Students will draw what they see inside the pumpkin and even tape in a pumpkin see to keep one. Next the students will plant their very own pumpkin. You will talk about the direction, illustrate them, and then while the students are waiting for their turn to plant their seed they will do a journal reflection page. Once your seeds are planted you can begin talking about the life cycle of a pumpkin. You will go through each stage with an activity or craft and then at the end talk about the overall cycle being a circle. Here’s a sample activity where students have to sort things a plant needs and not. (I just noticed the picture is missing soil.)
It’s a little of this, a little of that with lots of science and literacy! Observations galore AND even a sink or float recording page! These are great for stations or doing as a whole class.
Lastly, some years we have been fortunate enough to visit a local pumpkin patch on a field trip. We have a local farm here that does AMAZING field trips. It’s not just pumpkins… it’s vegetable picking! We literally all line up in a row down the garden, talk about radishes, and then all bend down to pick one radish to take home. The kids all went home with a giant grocery bag full of vegetables. So… field trips stress me out when they are not organized and well planned… so here is what I use to keep calm!
Fully editable and includes everything you need to go! It even has bus rules and rules specific for the pumpkin patch! I hope you can find some use for it!
Boy is it hard to get pictures with two kids! Well I am off on Spring Break. I have been trying really hard to spend some quality time with my children. We have done so many outings and lunch and bike rides, and just relaxing! (Oh and a root canal – goodbye balance on my HSA!) Since it’s Thursday, I have the back to school blues already! Ugh! I wish you and your family a happy fall!