Ellsworth Elementary’s Pumpkin Fun project

Ellsworth Elementary, 38454 N. Carolina Ave in San Tan Valley, fifth graders wrapped up their “Pumpkin Fun” project, which was presented at the annual Teach-N-Treat.

Students brought in pumpkins and completed a variety of activities full of enrichment and higher order thinking. First, students learned about making quantitative and qualitative observations. Then, students were put into groups of three and asked to make predictions about their pumpkin. Such as, how much they thought their pumpkin would weigh, what the circumference and diameter would be, how many seeds were in their pumpkin. They had to have a strategy for their estimation, and if their pumpkin would float in water. Students weighed themselves. They then repeated this process, yet this time holding their pumpkin.

Each child had to utilize the standard of subtracting decimals to see how much their pumpkin weighed. Different mathematical properties were used when adding and multiplying the seeds within their pumpkin. Students also demonstrated their knowledge in charting/graphing, cooperative learning, rounding decimals, and fractions when identifying the mean, median, mode, and range of each pumpkin in the class. In the end everyone’s data was combined and students worked together to analyze the data.

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