Pumpkins & STEM | Reading Math and Engineering Activities Packet

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Whether you need activities before Halloween, on Halloween or for the day after, we have a great hands-on packet that will work in every subject.

Perfect for Halloween or an autumn themed center!

Pumpkin STEM Extravaganza

Math,Reading,Writing, Engineering, & Maker Space Fun!

An Autumn Activity Packet!

Teachers are saying;

"These STEM activities make perfect centers for a fall celebration day! Thank you for your hard work!"

The Pumpkin Extravaganza packet has activities that can be integrated into math, language arts, engineering, science, and a maker space.

  • Students will read, research, answers questions and write a summary
  • Students will apply their knowledge of simple machines to an engineering challenge
  • Students will tackle two hands on math problems.
  • Students will create projects with Maker Space Pumpkin Task Cards

All with a fun pumpkin theme!

What is in the packet?

  • NGSS and Common Core Standards List
  • Teacher information and handy hints
  • A set of interesting pumpkin research questions with websites and book references
  • Six maker space pumpkin task cards
  • A pumpkin math hands-on activity AND a pumpkin themed math challenge problem
  • Our popular "Mini Punkin’ Chuckin’ Engineering Challenge" STEM activity packet
  • An engineering design process poster
  • A set of inquiry questions
  • A rubric
  • A set of student job cards
  • An Introduction to the Design Process for the teacher


*The “Mini Punkin’Chuckin Engineering Challenge” is also available as an individual lesson in our store and as part of our discounted “Engineering Halloween with STEM” bundle.



What is the Punkin Chuckin” Challenge?

Autumn means Pumpkin Chucking time…. An awesome STEM activity. No pumpkin chucking catapults near your location? No problem…hold your own mini contest with this fun activity that reinforces knowledge of simple machines. Grab a bag of candy mini pumpkins, some spools or small plastic vials, and some paint stirrers and you are good to go! Our packet walks your students through the engineering design process from initial drawing to the test and launches.

“I love the combination of creation and reflection on the process of creating. This is a great holiday activity and good for the Common Core and NGSS! I also appreciate the incorporation of presentation at the end as we are beginning to use Google Drive to create presentations. This is so relevant to our class”

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Want other ideas? Do your students know about apple bobbing? We have a fun engineering activity that explains the history of the game and presents a challenge that has the students designing and building devices to grab the apples without getting wet or putting faces in the water

STEM and Bobbing for Apples


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Draw a scaled picture graph and a scaled bar graph to represent a data set with several categories. Solve one- and two-step “how many more” and “how many less” problems using information presented in scaled bar graphs. For example, draw a bar graph in which each square in the bar graph might represent 5 pets.
Use multiplication and division within 100 to solve word problems in situations involving equal groups, arrays, and measurement quantities, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.
Identify arithmetic patterns (including patterns in the addition table or multiplication table), and explain them using properties of operations. For example, observe that 4 times a number is always even, and explain why 4 times a number can be decomposed into two equal addends.
Generate a number or shape pattern that follows a given rule. Identify apparent features of the pattern that were not explicit in the rule itself. For example, given the rule “Add 3” and the starting number 1, generate terms in the resulting sequence and observe that the terms appear to alternate between odd and even numbers. Explain informally why the numbers will continue to alternate in this way.
Write simple expressions that record calculations with numbers, and interpret numerical expressions without evaluating them. For example, express the calculation “add 8 and 7, then multiply by 2” as 2 × (8 + 7). Recognize that 3 × (18932 + 921) is three times as large as 18932 + 921, without having to calculate the indicated sum or product.


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