Monday, October 27, 2014


Being an elementary teacher is so much fun around holidays! Any excuse for a fun activity, right?! I came across this fun pumpkin observation activity and knew I wanted to do it with my kiddos.

We started out last week by making visual observations of our pumpkins. The kids drew a picture of their pumpkin, labeled the pumpkin, came up with adjectives to describe their pumpkin, etc.

Today we got to do the fun (messy) stuff! We started by learning about circumference and talking about how we would find the circumference of our round pumpkins with straight rulers that don't bend. I was (pleasantly) surprised with the clever ways my friends came up with to measure the circumference of their pumpkins! Most chose to use tape around the middle and then measure the tape : )

Next we made predictions about whether the pumpkins would float or not and then tested it out in the classroom sink. The students were surprised to find that all the pumpkins floated! Next the kids made estimates about how many seeds they thought were in their pumpkins. I walked around and cut the tops off the pumpkins and let them go to town! They loved this and did really well at not making too big of a mess (they know their teacher is OCD ha!)

We had so much fun doing this activity and I will definitely be doing it again next year! Any time you can make learning more hands on and fun for the kiddos the better!

I have some more fun Halloween activities planned for this week that I can't wait to share : )

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