~Pumpkin Theme~


We read Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington.


We talk about what we will do at the Pumpkin Patch!


  • Pumpkin seeds can be roasted as a snack.
  • Pumpkins contain potassium and Vitamin A.
  • Pumpkins are used for feed for animals.
  • Pumpkin flowers are edible.
  • Pumpkins are used to make soups, pies and breads.
  • Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.
  • Pumpkins range in size from less than a pound to over 1,000 pounds.
  • The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,140 pounds.
    • Pumpkins are 90 percent water.
    • Pumpkins are fruit.
    • Eighty percent of the pumpkin supply in the United States is available in October.
    • In colonial times, Native Americans roasted long strips of pumpkin in an open fire.
    • Colonists sliced off pumpkin tops; removed seeds and filled the insides with milk, spices and honey. This was baked in hot ashes and is the origin of pumpkin pie.
    • Native Americans flattened strips of pumpkins, dried them and made mats.
    • Native Americans called pumpkins "isqoutm squash."
    • Native Americans used pumpkin seeds for food and medicine.

How a Pumpkin Grows

Use these sequence cards and have your students put them in order to illustrate how a pumpkin grows!



 1 Little, 2 Little, 3 Little, Pumpkins,
4 Little, 5 Little, 6 Little, Pumpkins,
7 Little, 8 Little, 9 Little, Pumpkins,
10 Pumpkins growing on a vine!

We sequence the stages of a pumpkin growing!

Who Took
the Pumpkin From the Pumpkin Patch?

By: _____________________

I created a fun little Halloween easy reader to go along
with my Pumpkin Theme. First, I put this book on a pocket chart.
After reading our chart several times, each student gets
to create their very own book to read and take home!

Download book


Each child gets to estimate how wide they think our class
pumpkin is. Once I collect all the students "estimates" we measure the
circumference. The students always get a chuckle when we measure
 the circumference of the pumpkin as a whole group. 


Students get to create their own pumpkin! Students use a variety of
different shapes to build their pumpkins. (Everyday Math) I make a
Pumpkin Patch on our classroom bulletin board. I use green butcher
paper as the vine.



Students measure how many pumpkins tall they are! We make a class book for our Reading Center. ________ is ________ pumpkins tall.


Here are our fabulous pumpkins hanging in our Reading area!


Who Took the Pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch?
_______ took the pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch?
Who me?
Yes you!
Couldn't be!
Then who?

Students get to play with different Halloween characters and
 substitute their names in as they read this pocket chart! We
read this chart several times together and then on Friday,
students get to make a take home book of the poem!
Download book



Students get to play Pumpkin Memory! Students get a match if they find a pair
of Halloween characters!


 Students get to copy one October word and illustrate a picture
of that word in their journals. Students that complete the above
are encouraged and expected to add detail! 


Students get to put pumpkins and ghosts in order from Aa-Zz.



We cut open a real pumpkin! Students get to use magnifying glasses
 to "observe" the pumpkin seeds and pulp.


Students get to make pumpkins! The students use  a cookie, orange frosting, candy corns, M&M's, and a green sour stick to decorate their pumpkin! What a YUMMY pumpkin treat!



Take a trip to the Pumpkin Patch!


We write about jack-o-lanterns!





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