Lesson Plan

Pumpkin Fun

Students will learn about the life cycle of a pumpkin and measure them using various tools
Courtney S.
Classroom teacher
Central City Elementary School
Huntington, WV
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My Grades K
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
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Students will be able to, disucss the life cycle of a pumpkin.

Students will be able to, discuss how a pumpkin grows and the various stages of their life cycle, and place them in order. 

Students will be able to dicuss and create a story using the parts of a life cycle and explain it using their own words.


English Language Arts
letter formation
life cycle
Grades Pre-K - 2
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1 Introduction/Hook

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We will begin the lesson by dicussing what the students already know about pumpkins.  We will do a KWL chart on the SMART Board.  The students will discuss what they wantto know and what they hope to learn about pumpkins.  We will then watch a video on BrainPOP Jr. about the life cycle of a plant. I will then pull out the cards that have the life cycle of a pumpkin on them. We will discuss the various stages of the life cycle.  

2 Guided

Activity: Creating

We will begin the lesson by reviewing what they have already learned and what we wrote on our KWL chart. We will then sing "Do you know how Pumpkins Grow?" We will watch this video on Youtube.   I will then read "From Seed to Pumpkin."  This story teaches the students the various stages of the pumpkin life cycle. As we read, I will stop and ask the students questions about the story and what we have read.  After we have finished the story, the students will watch a song about the life cycle of a pumpkin. http://www.teachertube.com/video/the-life-cycle-of-a-pumpkin-134153  When we finish the song, we will then go and create our own pumpkin life cycles.  The students will cut out the life cycle and place them in order using yarn. http://printables.atozteacherstuff.com/download/pumpkins/pumpkin_lesson.pdf

3 Exploring

We will first review what we have learned on the previous days about pumpkins.  We will add to and review our KWL chart.  We will then listen to our song, "Do You Know How Pumpkins Grow?" We will then learn about measurement and the variety of way you can measure and what you measure.  Each student will be given a ruler, a piece of yarn, paper clips, and blocks.  They will then measure various things in our classroom and work on relatign the measurement with their unusual tools to that of a ruler. They will work with a partner to compare and contrast the sizes of various things in our classroom. They will then be given an iPad to share with thier partner, they will explore the app Measurement HD.  They will do the lesson for long and short.  When they have completed the lesson, we will pull out our pumpkins.  We will measure our pumpkins using our various tools.  The students will first predict how round and tall it will be.  We will then explore.  We will write the data collected on the SMART Board.  Then students will add the data to their science journals. We will then go over the data and discuss which tool needed more and what was the easiest way to measure the pumpkins.

4 Continued Exploration

Students will continue their exploration of pumpkins this day.We will add to and review our KWL chart. We will read the book "Pumpkins," and review the life cycle.  We will listen to out song, "Do You Know How Pumpkins Grow?"  The students will then get to further explore a pumpkin.  We will begin by predicting how many seeds will be inside the pumpkin.  We will then cut open and explore.  The students will count the seeds and we will discuss if their predictions were correct.  After the pumpkin is cut open, we will place it in a pot of soil and observe the changes of a period of time.  They will record this in their science journals.  When we have finished the lesson, students will get on the iPads or computers.  They will get on the Starfall Pumpkin app and explore a pumpkin patch and measure and weigh the pumpkins on the app, or get on Starfall.com/pickapumpkin and do the create a pumpkin activity. 

5 Conclusion

Students will start the final lesson by completing their KWL chart.  They will then have to work independtly to complete the life cycle of a pumpkin on a paper using the correct colors and order. They will then get with their partner and create a project based on what they have learned about pumpkins.  Students will have two assignments.  They will first create a story on Puppet Pals, the characters in their story must discuss the stages of the pumpkin life cycle.  They must discuss the colors of the stages and the correct order.  They can also sing the song we have used throughout to add to the fun.  Once they have completed their story, they must share it with me and tell me the parts of their story, the characters, setting, and what they are doing.  After that, they must work together to create an iMovie explaining all we have done to someone not in our classroom.  They can add pictures of the projects, their assignments, their science journals, and they must explain each part in detail.