Third-graders at Rhame Avenue are “Falling into Math!” The students read the book “How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?” and used their estimating skills, before measuring mass, circumference and the number of creases on each pumpkin.
Each group made predications as to how many seeds they had after they scooped out their pumpkin. The next day children discussed the best way to count the seeds, and did so in groups. They then worked individually to organize the seeds into rows and columns to represent multiplication sentences. They also wrote related multiplication and division facts. Conclusions were drawn based on the measurement data they had taken and the information provided in the book about the size of their pumpkins and the number of seeds.