Pumpkin spice, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin ice cream, even pumpkin beer. You name it, we’re putting pumpkin in it this time of the year. And I’m okay with that, really. Except I’m more crazy about decorating with pumpkins than eating them. 😉
I’ve always loved this time of year in third grade though. We roll right from Johnny Appleseed to pumpkins. There’s just something about getting all covered in pumpkin guts and listening to your kiddos squeal as they pull seeds out by hand. Do you know how many of your students have never actually had that experience in real life??
We do all kinds of pumpkin activities… plant them, weigh them, measure them, float them, taste them, decorate them, and plant them. The possibilities are endless! We also do creative activities with pumpkins– poems, art, creative writing. You name it! I’ve found that I get so much more “buy in” when we work in themes across the content areas. My students being little walking experts over our unit topics!
I compiled many of my favorites into my Pumpkin Unit for Big Kids. This pictures highlights some of my favorites– my life cycle cut and paste activity, a printable nonfiction book I wrote to use for guided reading, poetry options, types of sentences for language arts, an observation chart for science, and an informational “how to” writing prompt. There’s lots more in my unit though. =)
You can see the entire unit in my TpT Store and also be sure to grab the freebie life cycle here. I also decided to give away my pumpkin unit to one reader, along with mailing you this little Halloween treat pack for your class. The unit is *NOT* Halloween themed though, just pumpkins.
You can enter this win this week and I’ll draw a winner on Sunday. Tip: be sure the email address you use to enter is up to date so I can contact you if you win. Good luck!
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