This 10 page packet is full of science and math activities. Students will use a pumpkin to estimate, measure, and graph mass (with and without the guts), height, and circumference. Students will also make predictions and record observations about the number of lines and if the pumpkin sinks or floats. Also included is a section on the life cycle of a pumpkin and room to write about the physical properties of the pumpkin. Students are provided with space to order the pumpkins and a place to record what they have learned.
The packet can be used two ways. I usually have each student bring in a pumpkin. They work in groups of 4-6 students to complete the packet. I usually have parent volunteers come in to help “gut” the pumpkins and to work with the groups. The teachers I work with do this project as a whole class activity and using one pumpkin per group and recording the results as a class. Both ways work well!
I have done this with my third grade classes for the last 10 years. It would take a bit of guidance to use with younger students, but it could easily be used with 4th or 5th grade.
Please note: Contains all metric measurement units
**Updated August 2013 to include cover page and instruction sheet**
Pumpkin Math and Science Journal
by Jennifer O'Sullivan
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