1. Topic-
Purely Pumpkins
2. Content-
Pennsylvania Standards:

>2.32A: "Demonstrate that a single object has different attributes that can be measured in multiple ways."

>2.32B: "Use tools to estimate and measure in standard units."

>2.32F: "Estimate and verify measurements of length, weight, and capacity."

Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening-
>1.2.2.E- "Read, understand, and respond to essential content of text in all academic areas."

>1.5.2.A- "Write with a focus, with an understanding of topic and audience."

>1.5.2.C- "Organize writing in a logical order. Include a recognizable beginning, middle, and end."

>1.5.2.F- "Use grade appropriate conventions of language when writing and editing.
--Spell common, frequently used words correctly.
--Use capital letters correctly.
--Punctuate correctly.
--Use correct grammar and sentence formation.
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1. Lesson will provide a fun new outlook on one of Halloween's most recognized symbols.

2. Students will be inspired to research other Halloween traditions.

3. Students will be inspired to research other culture's October traditions.
4. Objectives-
1. Students will recall information.

2. Students will comprehend the pumpkin cycle as described in the book, "Pumpkin, Pumpkin".

3. Students will assist other group members.

4. Students will report other cultures' October celebrations.

5. Materials and Aids-
Pumpkin, Pumpkin, by Jeanne Titherington
Pumpkin Carving Knife
Black Marker
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

1. Ask students what they know about pumpkins.

2. Give fun facts about pumpkins.

3. Read the book, "Pumpkin, Pumpkin" by Jeanne Titherington. (A book about the growth cycle of pumpkins).

B. Development-

1. Ask students if they know what the inside of a pumpkin looks/feels/smells like.

2. Perform an in-class demonstration by dissecting a pumpkin. Put the pumpkin seeds and pulp in a container and pass around the class.

C. Practice-

1. Students will break into groups of three. Each student will be given 1 pumpkin, 1 scale, 1 ruler, and newspaper. The students are asked to measure a record the weight of the pumpkin, the stem, and to count the ridges. The teacher will cut off the top of the pumpkin so that the students can take out the seeds and count how many seed there were.

2. Teacher will write the results on the board and will show the students the mean, median, and mode of the results.

D. Independent Practice-

1. Students will be asked to recall the pumpkin growth cycle, as displayed in the book, "Pumpkin, Pumpkin". Students will be asked ti create their own story about the life cycle of a pumpkin. Stories can be similar to the novel, where a person plants the pumpkin and the cycle is told by the human's view, or kids can get creative and write the cycle through the narration of a pumpkin. (IE- the pumpkin tells the story).
***The book, "Pumpkin, Pumpkin" will be available at the front of the classroom for students to use as a reference, should they need to.

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-


F. Checking for understanding-

1. Teacher will check each group's recordings of the different measurements.

2. Teacher will read the stories to make sure that the sequencing is correct. Creativity, spelling, grammar, and logical order will also be assessed.

G. Closure-

1. Students will go back to their groups and given a black marker and Jack O' Lantern patterns. The students will use the same pumpkins from their group and will be asked to scoop out any remaining pulp and to choose a Jack O' Lantern face to draw onto the pumpkin.

2. Teacher will promote a class discussion about other October traditions. The teacher will ask students if their families have any October traditions. For homework, students will research "October traditions". Students will share this research with the class.
7. Evaluation-
1. A rubric will be given out for the stories.

2. Teacher will note group behavior and measurements from the group activities.

3. The teacher will check the homework for accuracy.

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