The Biggest Pumpkin Ever Extension Activities
Turn the subject of the book into a learning tool!
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
About this book
The pumpkin is a wonderful subject for observation, prediction, measurement, and problem solving.
- Pumpkins of various sizes
- Coffee scoops or spoons for each student, making sure each is the same size
- A tank or other vessel for floating a pumpkin in water
- Several other fruits or vegetables
- Paper cups
- Plastic bags
Hand one pumpkin to each student or to a group of students. Have children observe the pumpkins and describe:
- The color of the inside and outside of the pumpkin
- The appearance of the inside and outside
- The size, color, and shape of the seeds
- If the ribs on the pumpkin correspond to the ridges on the stem
- The purpose of the bottom of the pumpkin
Prediction and Measurement Activities
Have children first predict and then measure or count:
- How heavy the pumpkin is
- How tall
- How big around
- How many ribs it has
- The thickness of its skin
- The thickness of its meat
- The number of scoops of seeds it contains (use coffee scoops or spoons to measure)
Ask the children to predict what will happen when a pumpkin is placed in a container of water.
- Do they think it will float or sink?
- What position will it be in: Stem up? Stem down? Stem to the left? To the right?
Then, place a pumpkin in water to see the results. Ask children to guess if all pumpkins float the same way. Try other fruits or vegetables. Will they float or sink? What position will they be in?
- Have children draw a picture of what they think the inside of a pumpkin will look like when it is cut open.
- If there is a toaster oven at your school, roast the pumpkin seeds for children to eat.
- Children can grow their own class pumpkin plants. Rinse off a scoop of pumpkin seeds and allow them to dry. Then place them either in a paper cup with a little soil or on a piece of damp paper towel in a sealable plastic bag. Keep in the sun and observe their growth.