One of my students' favorite activities of the year is this pumpkin exploration. This activity is filled to the brim with lots of learning and fun! Your students will love getting the opportunity to participate in:
1. Observational drawings and using sensory adjectives to describe their pumpkin.
2. Weighing their pumpkin and comparing it's weight to everyday objects.
3. Measuring their pumpkin using standard (or non-standard) units of measurement.
4. Hypothesizing whether their pumpkin will sink or float and then testing out their prediction.
5. Using organized counting strategies to determine how many total seeds are in their pumpkin.
6. Designing and naming their pumpkin.
This activity includes a booklet that will guide your students through each of the explorations mentioned above as well as a preparation list to help you gather any additional materials needed to complete the explorations. These mini explorations could be completed as a whole group or in centers for a more guided experience.
I hope your little scientists/mathematicians/artists will have as much fun as mine do each fall with these explorations!