Teaching Heart's Pumpkin Unit/
Pumpkin Ideas, Lessons, Printables, and More!!!
Learning about pumpkins is a great
way to start October.
Here you will find many ideas for a unit on pumpkins.
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Now grab some Pumpkin Spice Coffee and enjoy the ideas!!!
Updated October, 2013
Have the students estimate the pumpkins weight, then actually weigh the pumpkin. To make it more difficult - use a bathroom scale. First the students weigh themselves and then they get on the scale with the pumpkin. Have the students subtract the first weight from the second to get the weight of the pumpkin!
Estimate the circumfrence of the pumpkin by having the students cut a piece of yarn that they think will fit around the pumpkin. Sort pieces by too short, too long and just right
Use the five senses to describe the pumpkin...It looks like________. It feels like_______. It smells like_____________. etc.
Compare pumpkins to apples. Use a Venn Diagram to do this!
Pass out cards with numbers on them, have students glue seeds to the given number.
Use pumpkin seeds to make a picture.
make a KWL chart of pumpkin facts.
Most pumpkins are various shade of orange, but did you know that some varieties are yellow, white, or even other colors?
Most pumpkins weigh about 15 - 30 pounds. Still, some weigh as much as 800 pounds.
Spookly the Square
Make some Pumpkin Smelly
The mats seen in this picture are from this packet - click here to learn more!
Heres a super easy treat to share after reading the book. Spookly Marshmallow treats! Just dip the mallows in orange candy coating and top with a green tick-tac. Attach this printable to your treat and you are ready to hand out Spookly!
Spookly the Square Pumpkin Craft using a plastic recycled baby food container
It is filled with pumpkin cloud dough. You can see how to complete this craft by clicking here!
You can click here to get these Spookly Counting Puzzles 1-6 in our Preschool and Kindergarten Pumpkin Packet!
Pumpkin Poems, Songs, and Fingerplays
Pumpkin Things to print
Pumpkin Pudding Cones:
Let the children help mix
the pudding with the milk according to instant pudding
Here is an Easy Pumpkin Pie
in a Cup Recipe - Click
Here and you can download a free printable to match as
Be sure to read the book below when having fun with this recipe!!
Pumpkin Water Bottle Craft!
had the best time making these pumpkin head discovery
started by discussing what was inside a pumpkin.
Those that did want to feel the inside, took out a seed to use in their bottles.
Pod water bottles
are the perfect size for this craft. I also love
that the labels are taped on and not glued on. They
are easy and quick to remove.
each added the real seeds to their bottles and some
other fall items.
Finally I used a glue gun to seal the lids on tightly so there would be no spilling on the way home!
This craft was lots of fun, easy set-up, and a BIG hit with the kids!
Even More Pumpkin Books
Click on a book to learn more ar Amazon.com
Themes: Apples, Pumpkins, and Harvest (Grades K-1)
idea is to introduce pumpkin vocabulary
You may also wish to display these
words on a pumpkin word bank.
PUMPKIN MATH IDEAS
PUMPKIN MATH WITH SEEDS: Do not
throw away those seeds, you can do many math activities
with them. Try one of these great activities!
(place value counting)
Make a pumpkin counting book to "10 Little Pumpkins" use the small chart stickers. Pumpkin shaped chart stickers can be bought in bulk at Staples or your local teacher store. You could give each student 10 white squares. On page one they would write one little pumpkin and stick a pumpkin sticker. On the next page they would write, two little pumpkins and stick two pumpkin stickers on the page...
To make the above activity more difficult. You could have the students write math problems and then illustrate them with crayons and the pumpkin stickers.
Pumpkin Seed Math
Pumpkin Counting Fun!
Pumpkin Glyph and Math Center
This is two Pumpkin cover-ups. You can use a Bingo Dauber or you can cover it up with a pumpkin marker (dollar store Halloween erasers). The first set is for K sight words and numbers. The second set is for op and an family words. Say a word or number and the students finds it one their card to cover it up! You can click here to download this actvity is PDF.
Pumpkin 10 Frames Fun -
Pumpkin Counting to 10 Puzzles
BULLETIN BOARDS THAT WOULD MATCH THIS UNIT!
Cut an orange pumpkin shape from construction paper for each child in the class. Make it as big as a 8-1/2 X 11 piece of paper and cut a "door near the bottom big enough to display a picture of a child. Let the child help you write three or four self describing clues on the front of the pumpkin followed by the question "Who am I?". Tape a snapshot of the child near the bottom of her pumpkin then cover the snapshot with the "door" you cut. Have the words "look Who's Hiding in the Pumpkin Patch!" written above all the pumpkins.
A Board Shared With Teaching Heart From Sky Seery
The pumpkin bulletin board was really easy. Sometimes my students need a gentle reminder of how important it is to be quiet in the library. I used black fabric and had a boarder that have pumpkins on it. Then found some pumpkin cut outs that have faces on them. I used different book jackets. That would interest students in all grades, K-5.
Some of my favorite Sites
filled with pumpkin ideas!
Try a Web Quest
Do Pumpkins Float?
Display a large graph with the above question. Make a column for yes (yes, pumpkins float) and one for no (no they don't float). Give each student a cut-out of a pumpkin and have them place their pumpkin on the class graph. Discuss how many students think the pumpkins will float and how many think they won't. Give each group of students a sand pail filled with water and a small pumpkin. Allow them to see if the pumpkin floats. Have them discuss their findings with their group.