While sipping a pumpkin latte with the aroma of pumpkin spice wafting from a candle warmer and pumpkin décor adorning the room, it’s quite apparent that fall has arrived. Yes, it’s the time of year for everything pumpkin. Its flavors, scents, and designs are found at every turn, and no great leap is needed to integrate this seasonal favorite into classroom activities and learning. Whether a follower of the pumpkin craze or not, there are innumerable ways to make pumpkins an entertaining and engaging part of the curriculum at a variety of grade levels. These resources are the perfect way to bring a taste of pumpkin to the classroom.
Arts & Crafts
Jack-o-Lantern (Pumpkin) Crafts from DLTK– These craft ideas offer lots of opportunities to practice fine-motor skills and foster creativity. Transform a stack of paper plates, socks, containers from the recycle bin, and more into fun and festive décor. Some items could even be created and donated to a hospital, assisted living center, or other local business to give students a chance to add a little community service to their artistic endeavors.
Easy Pumpkin Crafts from Crafty Morning– This collection of easy DIY options has some unique offerings. Students can craft a bird feeder from an upcycled 2-liter bottle or use yarn to create a variety of pumpkin/fall decorations. An appealing collection with additional links to lots of other fall crafting activities.
35 Pumpkin Crafts for Kids to Make and Learn from Hands on As We Grow– What do pasta, Legos, and buttons all have in common? They can be fun mediums for kids to use in creating pumpkin crafts. These 35 ideas offer some visually unique and engaging ways to get crafty, and a portion of the collection also focuses on crafts that incorporate an additional learning twist. The link to 42 Apple Crafts is another must view!
Math & Science
The Pumpkin Project: Math, Science, & Fun! from Scholastic– A wonderful unit of study for upper elementary grades. Students are able to estimate, weigh, measure, and get messy as they investigate their pumpkins. Lots of science and math standards are covered, and the templates provided for data collection coupled with the links to additional resources make this an engaging cross-curricular study.
Pumpkin Seed Multiplication from Laura Candler– This freebie from Laura Candler is a great way to help kids make the connection between addition and multiplication, practice writing equations, and have some fun with pumpkin seeds! By subscribing to the newsletter, teachers are able to receive loads of other free resources and preview some others that are worthy of a purchase.
Math Activity Themes: Pumpkin Math from Mathwire.com– A host of activities are available for the discovering with this collection. Mathematical concepts covered include symmetry, measurement, graphing, and more. There are also several resources for a math-language connection and even multiple problem-solving activities with pdfs provided to really get kids thinking.
32 Books about Pumpkins from The Measured Mom– This book list includes some great descriptions to help teachers find the perfect book or two or three or more to share during a pumpkin unit or just as an anytime read. With non-fiction selections, choices for early readers, books to build math concepts, and more, there are a variety of levels and storylines to appeal to a diverse audience.
The 15 Best Pumpkin Books to Read in the Classroom from We Are Teachers– This list is divided into books for lower and upper elementary to ensure that a pumpkin tale can be found for a wide range of grade levels. Some excellent choices with science connections that will have students thinking about composting and plant reproduction. With both entertaining and educational selections, this is definitely a list to bookmark.
Pump Up the Curriculum with Pumpkins from Education World– This post offers a multitude of pumpkin ideas and activities for a variety of subject areas. The ELA connections shared will get students’ creative juices flowing as they devise figurative language and complete a short writing activity with some artistic results.
Making the most of a seasonal favorite has never been easier. Students will be able to read, calculate, and create as they embark on a study of everything pumpkin. With this collection of resources, teachers can sip a pumpkin latte while it’s still warm because their lesson planning is already done!