Descriptive writing activities using pumpkins

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Descriptive writing activities using pumpkins

The Life Cycle of Plants When I taught first grade and second grade, we always carved a pumpkin to practice estimating, grouping, and counting.

The first time I brought pumpkins into third grade was one of my all-time favorite teaching days. The kids were so excited to literally roll up their sleeves and get to work! I created a packet of printables to use and am happy to share it with you all for FREE.

We had been working on rounding, so I was sure to incorporate practice with that skill. I also added in a subtraction activity for them to work on independently while I assisted with the pumpkin dissection.

descriptive writing activities using pumpkins

Since we had been working on strengthening our descriptive writing skills with the Haunted House for Sale project, I tweaked the template we use for that and included it, so they could reinforce their understanding of nouns and adjectives using the pumpkin.

Knowing my class would go five kinds of crazy upon entering the classroom and seeing a large pumpkin, I kept it hidden. I placed it into a crate, placed a black cloth over it, and taped a giant question mark onto the front. The kids came in that morning and went ten kinds of crazy.

But the excited buzz was the perfect activator and tied in very well to the learning we had been doing about inference skills through the super engaging Mystery Mail activities. We talked about using what we know to infer what was hidden. Each student made a guess. I began giving them bits of information and they continued to infer and predict what was under the sheet.

Once the pumpkin was revealed, we started talking about estimation and about how many seeds we thought might be inside. I took the top off which I highly recommend cutting at home and they looked inside and made new estimates. While they worked on the pumpkin-themed rounding and subtraction activity pages, I invited a few students at a time to come to the table and remove and count a handful of seeds.

I had them generate descriptive words about how it looked, smelled, and felt while they were doing so. This became the base of their descriptive writing. We added up all the individual student seed amounts to find the sum of all the seeds inside.

This was great review of our prior work with place value and addition strategies.

descriptive writing activities using pumpkins

The students used that info to complete the math page. Students who were finished early had the choice between rounding their classmates estimates to the nearest 10 and or finding the difference between estimates and the actual sum.

I leave these charts posted throughout the week as easy extension activities for early finishers. During our language arts time, they began their work on the descriptive writing pieces by talking with their peers and brainstorming lots of adjectives.


I guided them through a graphic organizer to plan ideas and then they worked independently on a draft. In third grade, we do a comprehensive science unit each spring that focuses on the life cycle of plants. This year, I did a mini-unit on the life cycle of an apple and will spend some time this week learning about the life cycle of a pumpkin.Kristin is a Literacy Specialist from Western NY.

Click the image above to learn more about her! What to Do: Fill the classroom with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes and invite students to observe them using all five senses. Ask students to write down as many descriptive words as possible. How does a pumpkin look, smell, feel, taste, and sound?

On pumpkin-shaped paper, have the students write pumpkin poems using their descriptive words. Nude Babes, Big Boobs and a lot of ass. April showers bring May flowers! Use the clues to fill in the blank boxes in this rain-themed spring crossword puzzle.

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Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins A Thematic Unit By Anson H. Baker Deborah Cooley Kristin Pingel Pumpkin Pumpkin Vocab & Writing- Students will extend their vocabulary, comprehension, and language use and To extend vocabulary comprehension and language use through various activities using the book Pumpkin Pumpkin.

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