Final Unit Project
• Describe - Show class the Reynolds Farm website
www.reynoldsfarm.com to show students what they will
see on their field trip to the pumpkin farm.
• Read the book, Pumpkin, Pumpkin by Jeanne
• Explain - Present steps for the “life cycle” of the
pumpkin through a power point. The steps are
presented in the book, Pumpkin, Pumpkin. Use
www.teachingheart.net for facts about pumpkin and for a
carve a pumpkin activity.
• Science - Put together life cycle pumpkin project. Color booklet
pages and assemble into mini booklet. Access booklet pages at
www.KIZCLUB.COM for sequencing booklet. Paint paper plates
orange. They are cut on top for an opening, and stapled together
with plate bottoms out. Draw a “jack-o-lantern face on both sides.
There are 6 pieces that will be attached to a green piece of yarn, 30
– Paint 2 paper plates orange on the bottoms of the plates. Staple
the plates together to make a pumpkin with a pocket in the
middle, (see sample). You will place the life cycle booklet inside.
Cut a green piece of yarn 30 in. long. Attach the following parts
for the life cycle by tying each piece about 2 in. apart.
– Cut brown construction paper 3 in. x 3 in. That represents the
soil. Glue a pumpkin seed on the middle of the brown square.
– Cut a piece of green crepe paper about 5 in. long and tie to the
yarn spacing it about 4 in. from seed card. This is the sprout.
– Have students cut out the next 4 steps. The pumpkin plant is
drawn green construction paper for cutting out. Punch a hole
and put reinforcer around the hole. Tie 4 in. from the sprout.
– Cut out a light orange pumpkin flower, punch hole,
and tie onto “vine ( green yarn ) 4 in. from plant step.
– Cut out a small green pumpkin, punch hole,
reinforce, add to vine.
– Cut out larger orange pumpkin, punch hole,
reinforce, and add to the “vine”.
– Staple or punch a hole in corner of the top side of
the plates and attach the vine to the plate with the
seed card nearest to the plate.
• Religion lesson – Use the pumpkin shaped prayer card.
Make copies on orange paper. Have students cut out
the pumpkin shape. Give them each a piece of black
construction paper, 4 1/2 in. x 6 in. Glue the pumpkin
prayer to the construction paper. Read the prayer
together and talk about what it means. Then carve a
real pumpkin while reading the Pumpkin Prayer that
begins with, “Dear Jesus”.
• Math Lesson –
• 1. Estimation lesson:
a. Have children guess the weight of a large pumpkin
and a small pumpkin
b. Guess how many seeds are in the pumpkin.
Have students help scoop out the seeds in the
pumpkin. Then count the seeds.
2. Measurement: Ask the school nurse to bring the
scale to the class room to weigh the pumpkins. See who
came closest to the correct weight. Measure the height
of the two pumpkins and compare the difference.
• Persuade – Culminating activity: language arts/art,
“Build a pumpkin”. Use www.starfall.com website and
click on the pumpkin icon. Music – Use “5 Little
Pumpkins” poem, and music found in the websites
included throughout this report.
• Assess- Social Studies Go on field trip to Reynolds
Farm. Discuss parts of a pumpkin and do worksheet
about “What a Pumpkin Needs”.
Extending activities – Bake pumpkin seeds for snack:
Clean seeds in cool water and dry. Place 1 to 2
tablespoons of olive oil on a jelly roll pan. Place dry
seeds in a single layer on sheet. Sprinkle salt to taste.
Place in oven @ 200 degrees. Bake about 20 minutes.
Keep an eye on the seeds so they don’t overcook.; make
pie, cookies, pudding, etc.
Other helpful websites:
Life Cycle of a Pumpkin
• Plant a pumpkin seed
• The pumpkin seed sprouts
• The pumpkin plant grows
• A pumpkin flower grows.
• A green pumpkin forms.
• The pumpkin gets bigger and becomes
What Can You Do With Your Pumpkin?
• Carve it.
• Make pumpkin pie.
• Count the seeds.
• Bake the seeds for a snack.
• Guess its weight