Sunday, October 28, 2012

Pumpkin Centers and Activities!

This past week my students had a blast learning about pumpkins!  We did many activities with pumpkins and gourds throughout the week.  Here are just some of the things we did this week...
First, I sent home a note asking parents to donate pumpkins and gourds to our classroom if they would like.  I ended up getting many donated!
I picked the biggest pumpkin we got donated and used it as our "Class Pumpkin."  With our class pumpkin we did many whole-group estimating and measuring activities with our pumpkin.
We measured the circumference of our pumpkin.

We measured how many cubes tall our pumpkin was.

Then, we measured how many inches tall our pumpkin was.

Finally, we weighed our pumpkin.
We also used this anchor chart to add words that describe a pumpkin.  It was an intro into a lesson about Adjectives.
We made these fun pumpkin glyphs!  The students followed the directions to make their own pumpkin glyph.  Then, as a class we used the clues the students used to make their pumpkins to guess whose pumpkin was whose.

Finally, on Friday I set out 9 different pumpkin centers.  Each center had a different pumpkin or gourd activity.  My students absolutley loved doing these pumpkin centers!
Center 1:  The students glued the pictures in order to show the life cycle of a pumpkin.
Center 2:  The students used the stamps to make different patterns.
Center 3:  The students used the magnifying glasses to observe the pumpkins and gourds up close.  I even opened one of the pumpkins up so the students could see inside.
Center 4:  The students used cubes to measure the height of three different pumpkins.
Center 5:  The students measured how many pumpkins tall they were.
Center 6: The students drew and ordered pumpkins.
Center 7:  The students tested whether the pumpkins and gourds would sink or float.
Center 8:  The students got to draw and paint their own pumpkin.
Center 9:  The students weighed three different pumpkins with cubes.
Click HERE to download my Pumpkin Centers and Activities packet from my TpT store that has all these activities in it! 


  1. I love centers and yours were great! Thanks for sharing.

    Granny Goes to School

  2. Thanks for sharing some awesome pumpkin center ideas!!

  3. First I just want to say that I love your ideas!!! Putting all of this stuff together can feel sooooo overwhelming at first but it is sooooo worth it in the end. I used some ideas from your spider unit. I'd love to share what my we did.

    Mrs. Wright's 2nd Grade Class

  4. Hi Mrs. Terhune,

    I am currently a senior at the University of Florida studying Elementary Education. I came across your blog through Pinterest. I have really loved looking through all of your posts. For one of my courses this semester, I am gathering research about different ways that teachers are using blogs for education purposes. If you wouldn't mind answering a couple of questions that I can add to my data collection, I would really appreciate it. You can email them to me at Thanks!

    1. Why did you create your blog?
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    Thank you so much for your time!

    Allison Crowson
    University of Florida
    Gainesville, Florida

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  7. Hello Mrs. Terhune,
    I'd love to feature these pumpkin math activities in an article I'm writing for Instructor magazine. If you could reach out to me as soon as possible, I have a couple of questions to ask/permission to receive.
    Thanks a million!

    1. Hello! What kind of questions do you have? I would be happy to answer any.

  8. Hell Amanda,
    I'll need your permission for me to summarize the lesson and quote from your blog post. I’m on a tight deadline and, as such, would appreciate your response by Friday, July 31.

    Please also send along the following information for me to include:

    • Full name (as you'd like to see it published):
    • Grade you teach:
    • School where you teach and city/state:
    • Would you like for me to include your blog’s name (and link to it in the online version of the article)?
    • Anything you’d like to add about the activity:

    Also, if you could include a picture and a photo credit, I would be much obliged.

    It would be fantastic if you could email me this info but I'm not quite sure how to leave you my email without publishing it. Perhaps I can privately message you on this platform or find you on Facebook? Let me know when you can!

    1. Yea, if you could find me on Facebook that would be great. Then message me your email address and I'll send all this information your way.