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Primary Curriculum

Big Book: Pumpkin, Pumpkin

Time Allotment: One hour per day for two weeks
Grade Level: 1st
Overview: Jamie plants a pumpkin seed and watches in stages as it grows.
The following is a link to the blog that inspired some of our lesson ideas:

Week 1:
Read Pumpkin, Pumpkin out loud to class on the carpet
Class discussion about the book
Follow up activity:
KWL about pumpkins with partners, then come together as a class to put in on the


Science lesson
Read The Pumpkin Patch
Life cycle art activity
Worksheet where the students draw each of the stages of the pumpkin cycle
When completed, each stage will be put in order inside of a pumpkin for each individual


Putting on a Play
Reread Pumpkin, Pumpkin
Give students time to explore the pumpkin books that are provided in the class
Separate the students into groups of about 4
Have them create and act out a story about a pumpkin incorporating the life cycle

Bring in pumpkin
Children explore the pumpkin using their senses
Big pumpkin visual web with adjectives describing the pumpkin
Bumpy, lined, sticky, orange, slimy, hollow, cold, big, dirty, bruised

Writing lesson
Students create a short story and draw a picture to go along with it
The stories will be placed below the pictures of their pumpkin and displayed in the
During independent reading time the children will be encouraged to go into the
classroom Pumpkin Patch. Here we will have all the books about pumpkins that we

are using during this lesson along with other books about fall. The big book that the
entire lesson is based off of will also be available for the class to look at.

Week 2:

Field Trip
Before Field Trip:
Reread Pumpkin, Pumpkin to review last week's talk about pumpkins
Generate questions to ask the farmer about pumpkins
During Field Trip:
Children pick their own individual mini pumpkins
Teacher picks a big class pumpkin
After Field Trip:
Reflection on the answers to the questions
Final thoughts about the day


Math lesson
Read the book Ten Orange Pumpkins: A Counting Book
Height- The kids will each take a close look at the big pumpkin that we bought on the
field trip. They will make a guess of how tall (in inches or centimeters) they think the
pumpkin is.
Weight- They will each make a guess on how heavy (in pounds) they think the pumpkin
Circumference- they will each make a guess as to how wide the pumpkin is around.
We will make a class chart of the three different characteristics with everyones guesses
on it.
The teacher will then measure the height, circumference and weight of the pumpkin with
the whole class and we will see which guesses came closest.


Social Studies lesson about voting

Read Vote by Eileen Christelow
What is a democracy? What does voting do?
Chart with different features of a pumpkin (Different eyes, nose, mouth) that children will
vote on. Features with most votes will be carved onto the class pumpkin.

After the students cast their vote, they will have independent reading time and will be
encouraged to go to the Pumpkin Patch to pick a book to read by themselves quietly.


Carve and Decorate (class pumpkin and mini pumpkins)

Reread Pumpkin, Pumpkin
The teacher will carve the big class pumpkin.
Teacher will cut pumpkin open and take the pumpkin pulp out for the kids to play with
and feel
Students will have a small plate of pumpkin pulp in front of them. They will be allowed to
play with it for 10-15 minutes or until they have picked out the pumpkin seeds. They will
put the seeds in a big bowl when they are done. The teacher will take those seeds
home that night to cook and bring the next day.
Then while the teacher is carving the face into the pumpkin the kids will be given time to
decorate their little tiny pumpkins
They can use markers, paint, glue, glitter, feathers, stickers, etc.
At the end of the day we would revisit our KWL charts from the beginning of the
previous week and fill out the learned column.


Pumpkin Celebration
We invite the parents for the afternoon
Have the students read Pumpkin, Pumpkin with the teacher to their parents
Each student will be asked to bring in a food that is made from a pumpkin or resembles
a pumpkin at some point during its life, and the teacher will bring in the pumpkin seeds
that the students collected the day before.
The students will then be able to show to their parents all of the activities they did that
week that incorporated pumpkins
At the end of the day the students will take their decorated pumpkins home with them
***An option for free time for the students during these two weeks would be to pick a
book from the classroom Pumpkin Patch. This is where we will have all of the books
that we use throughout the week plus other books about pumpkins and fall.***


Bibliography of books used for the week:

Christelow, Eileen. Vote! New York: Clarion, 2003. Print.
King, Elizabeth. The Pumpkin Patch. New York: Dutton Children's, 1990. Print.
Savage, Stephen. Ten Orange Pumpkins: A Counting Book. N.p.: Penguin Young
Readers Group, 2013. Print.
Titherington, Jeanne. Pumpkin, Pumpkin. New York: Greenwillow, 1986. Print.