In college the biggest thing I remember my education teachers telling me was "beg, borrow, steal." I love the education world because so many teachers are always willing to share their activities with you and don't mind when you steal them :)
I was very lucky with the fact that my Superintendent has a big garden and a lot of pumpkins! He was kind of enough to give my class 12 pumpkins! How cool! I "stole" the idea from a fellow teacher of having students work in groups to figure out the circumference, height, and number of seeds in the pumpkin. To figure out these questions we became "Pumpkin Investigators".
To be investigators, the students needed mustaches...you can't be a detective without one. I then gave each group their guessing sheet, a yard stick, ruler, and piece of yarn. I then let them investigate on their own. It was so neat to watch them interact with each other to solve the problems and figure out the answers. After they got their answers we compared the two pumpkins together to see which was larger. The kids loved getting their hands messy and investigating to solve the problems.
Stay tuned for the next post about "Roll-A-Pumpkin" :)