Hello teachers! Happy fall! It’s the time of year for apple orchards, boots, falling leaves, and PUMPKINS! And why not incorporate such a fun season into the curriculum?
This is a fun math unit my team came up with over several years. It uses a REAL pumpkin to teach math measuring concepts! We edited this unit and tweaked it over many years. We created it for kindergarten, but it could be used for grades Pre-K through 3rd. Here are the details!
This is a 3-page printable math lesson using REAL pumpkins! Pick up a huge pumpkin and a tiny pumpkin and you’re set! I have done all four parts to this in one long lesson, or I have split it up over 4 days. Use as you’d like! It covers:
• Weighing the pumpkin- We visit the school nurse with our pumpkin and have her weigh the pumpkins on the large scale. I also have each student predict the weight.
• Measuring the circumference. I hold out a length of yarn and each student cuts it to the length they think will go around the pumpkin. Then we measure the actual length and each student finds out if their guess was “shorter,” “longer,” or “just right!”
• Count the lines on the pumpkin. We have found the easiest way to count the lines is to designate a front and back to the pumpkin, and then count each side. Then they have to add the two numbers.
• Count the seeds. This is so FUN and MESSY! Give yourself plenty of time for this! It took my K class about 45 minutes. I have the kids sit at tables, then scoop (or let the kids grab!) a scoop of pumpkin guts. They separate the seeds into piles of ten, then we count by tens as a class. Large pumpkins generally have around 600 seeds!
Students counting seeds!
It is also aligned to Common Core Math. Here is one of the standards it covers, for kindergarten specifically.
Describe measurable attributes of objects, such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object.
If you’re looking for a break from the normal math curriculum for a few days, this is a perfect fit! It also would be fun to do on the day of the Halloween party, because we all know that not much actual learning happens that day! This would be one day to redeem the day!
I hope you enjoy this!
Download the unit here: Pumpkin Math Lessons!
Also, check out a freebie for your Halloween party here: Fall/Halloween Party Signs!
And, here is a link to some great writing prompts for this, and other, holidays! Holiday Writing Prompts!