GEMS First-Graders Explore the Mathematics of Pumpkins!

Target 1 – Student-Centered Learning: FWSU students will engage in personalize learning involving collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creative learning opportunities.

Action Step – Highlight, create and model innovative learning opportunities that promote collaborative, inquiry  problem solving and creativity for students and staff.

How about a little Halloween fun in school? Last week GEMS first grade students embedded math, science  and technology with their literacy as they read the story, How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin“. They learned that color, size, and number of segments on a pumpkin can influence the total number of seeds. As scientists, they predicted the total amount and backed their hypothesis with rationale from their text and prior life experiences.  They recorded information in their science journals and used StoryKit to share with peer scientists.

Click for StoryKit of students sharing their learning!

After carving, these young scientists became mathematicians  They were required to estimate, sort, count and total. Skip counting was completed in 2’s, 5,s, and 10’s to figure out the total sum.  They actually found 656 seeds in a pumpkin! You can see and hear individual estimates by clicking on the link above.

2 thoughts on “GEMS First-Graders Explore the Mathematics of Pumpkins!

  1. Wow! I didn’t realize that you could predict how many seeds are in a pumpkin by looking at color, size and number of sections on a pumpkin.


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