This is a fun activity that can be played in class or as a room transformation. Students will play a quick Halloween game, answer two rigorous task cards, then get a piece to their jack-o-lantern. Once students have finished all four stations and 8 task cards they will have their own unique jack-o-lantern patter to either carve, draw with sharpies, or paint. Our third graders loved this and were super motivated to answer they questions.
How to play the activity:
Form groups in your class. Give each group a card telling them which stations to go to (pg. 13-14) and their paper pumpkin (pg. 27). Each group will go to 4 stations (eyes, nose, mouth, pumpkin). At each station students will read the games directions, then each student will play the game only once. Then they will take one Ziplock bag of task cards (two task card per station for 8 total). They will answer their task cards and show their work on their recording sheet. Then they will need to check their answers with the teacher or parent volunteer. If all the answers are correct they will then reach into a pumpkin or bag and draw out a pictures of the body part they are at. If nose they will get a nose shape, mouth a mouth shape, eyes and eye shape and if they are at pumpkin they will get to choose a pumpkin. When students get their pieces they will quickly glue it onto their paper pumpkins. I just provided one paper pumpkin per group. Once students have completed the whole activity and all the task cards correctly they can either carve, paint, or use sharpies to draw the faces to match the ones they earned on their paper pumpkin for answering the task cards. You can choose to give everyone a small pumpkin or just one pumpkin per group and display the jack-o-lantern around the school.
Information about the parts of the activity and pages included:
Groups: I usually form 5 to 6 groups. Each group will get a card (pg.13-14) to tell them what stations to go to and when. Each group will get one paper pumpkin and will draw out of a pumpkin only one piece for each shape. Mouth nose and eyes.
Task Cards: there are two questions per station. These cards are over TEKS 3.4A Addition/Subtraction Word Problems, 3.4B Rounding to solve Addition/Subtraction Word Problems, 3.5A Representing Addition/Subtraction Word Problems, and 3.5E Patterns in table (Addition/Subtraction). I put the same question twice on one page because you will need at least one copy for each group. I do two copies for each group so only two students are sharing a task card. You will have an answer sheet to check answers with.
Games we played at each station:
Nose: We used green and black spaghetti noodles (cooked them in food coloring) and put them into two gallon sized buckets. We used two because you could have two groups at any station anytime. So we just made two of each. We hid bugs in them and students will stick their hands in the spaghetti and feel for a bug. We also provided tongs and gloves for friends who didn’t want to touch it. We did not require students to do the games only the task cards J Materials you would need for this game: 2 buckets, spaghetti, food coloring, bugs, tongs, gloves.
Eyes: We had two GIANT monsters created out of butcher paper. We then put a piece of tape on the floor in front of each one. Then we had sticky eyeballs for the kids to throw. They will get to throw one eyeball and try to hit the monster. Materials you will need for this game: two monsters, sticky eyeballs, tape for the floor.
Mouth: We had a table set up as a race track. Two students will select a NEW straw and a spider each and put their spider on start. Then someone in their group will say go and they will race each other by blowing the spiders across the table to the finish line. They will then return their spider to the cup and cheer on their teammates. We put boarder around the table to the spiders couldn’t fall off. Materials you will need for this game: enough straws for one per kid, Ziplock bag to hold straw, solo cup to hold spiders, spiders with ring part cut off, table, race track, and boarder.
Pumpkin: We had two pumpkins and we drew a jack-o-lantern face on them. We then had glowstick necklaces (the ones you make round like a circle). Students then got three “glow rings” and tried to throw them around the pumpkin stems. Materials you will need for this game: two pumpkins, glow rings necklaces that form a circle, and tape for floor.
Materials you will need for rest of activity:
•3 pumpkin buckets to hold eye, nose, and mouth paper pieces.
•3 pumpkins to hold task cards for each station.
•Ziplock bags for task cards
•Real pumpkins. You decide how many.
•Carving kits, paint, or sharpies. How every your going to do your pumpkins at the end.
•Glue sticks for kids to clue pieces down.
•Task cards Recording sheet
•Paper pumpkins Games directions for each station
•Mouth pieces Labels for each station
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