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Pumpkin Related School Activities:

Language arts, reading, and writing. Activities are available by the pumpkin patch full! "Pick" one of these!

* Place one or more pumpkins in view of the students. Ask them to contribute a list of words to describe the pumpkin. Students can write similes and metaphors using words that describe pumpkins.

* Invite students to make their own word search puzzles out of the descriptive adjectives they came up with in the previous activity.

* Invite students to write a paragraph describing a jack-o'-lantern face. When finished, they can exchange assignments and draw the face as described in the paragraph they are handed.

Additional Books with Pumpkin Themes
The Vanishing Pumpkin, Tony Johnston
The Biggest Pumpkin Ever, Steven Kroll

Pumpkin math,Pumpkins are a natural for math. They come in various sizes and contain many seeds. Compare pumpkins by weight and circumference.

* Students can pick up three pumpkins, one at a time, and predict the weights: heaviest, middle, and lightest. Invite them to record their pumpkin weight predictions. Then weigh the pumpkins. Do the predictions match the weights? Encourage students to create a chart to organize their information.

* How big is big? Compare the weights of your pumpkins to the World Class Giant Pumpkins!

* Measure the circumference of the same three pumpkins. Does the heaviest pumpkin have the largest circumference?

Students can weigh and measure pumpkins at home, record the results and contribute to a group chart of pumpkin weights and measurements. What conclusions can students draw about the relationship between weight and circumference?

* Find the relationship between the size of a pumpkin and the number of ribs. In how many ways can this relationship be expressed?

* Predict which pumpkin (the largest? the smallest?) will have more seeds. Hollow out those two pumpkins and count the seeds of each. Predict how many seeds the middle-sized pumpkin will have. Students can find out how close their predictions are.

Place an empty wastebasket in a dishpan. Fill the wastebasket to the rim with water. Place a pumpkin into the water. Measure the volume of water displaced. This will be the volume of the pumpkin. Find the volume of several pumpkins. What relationship is there between weight and volume?

Pumpkin Science, Read-aloud story, Mousekin's Golden House, by Edna Miller. After reading the story, place a hollowed pumpkin outside in a protected place and observe the changes weekly. Keep a journal of children's observations.

To acquaint children with the sequence of how pumpkins grow.

1. Discuss what a seed needs to grow. Plant seeds you saved after the carving. Keep a journal each day of it's growth.

2. Read "Pumpkin Pumpkin" by Jeanne Titherington and discuss the stages of a pumpkin. Using prepared drawings of:

seed, vine, flower, small green pumpkin, orange pumpkin, jack-o'-lantern. Children assemble pages in order and create a book i.e. "The Pumpkin Story."

Are the seeds scattered randomly within a pumpkin or arranged in some sort of pattern?

Do big pumpkins have larger seeds than small pumpkins?

Is there anything in a pumpkin which lines up with the creases on the outside?

What does a pumpkin seed weigh?

How many seeds does a pumpkin contain?

Do all pumpkins have the same number of seeds?

Can you tell which side of a pumpkin was against the ground? How? Does the stem help you figure it out?

Will pumpkins float in water? If they do, do they float stem up, stem down, or stem sideways?

Can pumpkin seeds be sorted into groups?

How thick is the skin of a pumpkin? How far in is the meat?

Do birds eat pumpkin seeds?

Make a list of the properties of a pumpkin and give it to someone. Can they guess what the object is?

Will pumpkin seeds grow if planted right away?

What folklore can you find about pumpkins?

Where did pumpkins come from originally?

What other plants do we eat which are related to pumpkins?

What is a pepo?

If every seed in a pumpkin grew into a plant which produced one pumpkin and each of the seeds produced a plant which did the same, how many seeds would be produced?

Extension: Look for new uses for pumpkins. Cinderella's pumpkin was used as a coach. But last year, a creative New Englander used a giant pumpkin as a motorboat. Challenge your class to brainstorm new and unusual uses for pumpkins!

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