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I love doing a lot of fun pumpkin activities this time of year! Incorporating it into science, math, and reading makes it so much fun for the students. For this week’s literacy snack idea, we are reading, The Biggest Pumpkin Ever, by Steven Kroll.
“Desmond the field mouse wants to carve the biggest jack-o’-lantern in the neighborhood with his pumpkin. Clayton the house mouse wants to win the Biggest Pumpkin contest with his. But when they discover that their choice pumpkins are actually the same one, Desmond and Clayton decide to work together to grow the biggest pumpkin ever!”
For our snack this week, we’re keeping it simple and the students will get a small pumpkin snack and a biggest “pumpkin” snack.
These resources work well with this article.
each student will need
2 candy pumpkins
You can choose to leave the peels on the oranges for the students or have them all peeled ahead of time. You could even go with the smaller Cuties which are easier for the kids to peel themselves but still are “bigger” than the pumpkin candies.
You could take the snack a bit further, and as a class, have them measure and weigh the orange and the candy pumpkins to in fact see that the orange, “pumpkin” is the biggest.
While the students are enjoying their snack, I made a free printable for them to work on. They get to draw a picture and write a sentence about what they would do with their pumpkin if it grew the biggest.
You can download the free printable from my teacherspayteachers store below.
This is also a great book choice to use while going over the pumpkin life cycle as they get to see the pumpkin grow throughout the book. Our, How Does A Pumpkin Grow fill in the blank book goes along well with it.
And if you are looking for a fun and easy pumpkin craft you might like this paper plate pumpkin craft.
I hope your students enjoy the pumpkin story and their snack this week.
We’ll see you next time!