During the fall season, kids are learning from pumpkins, including activities for pumpkin math. The second “Math Pumpkin Palooza” was held at Daleville Alabama’s Windham Elementary School, where fifth graders in Maryann Littlejohn’s class centered all math activities around pumpkins.
Meeting the College and Career Readiness Standards and the Alabama Math Science and Technology Initiative while having fun and stimulating interest was the goal. The pumpkins were used throughout the school to enhance student understanding of Math and Science.
During the “Math Pumpkin Palooza” students determined the circumference, volume, height, and width of the pumpkins.
“It’s just an interesting way to mix the holiday and math,” explained Littlejohn. “The kids, from now on, will always connect the two. They’ll realize that math can be fun. It’s not always just work.”
The science activity in Michelle Stanfield’s class was modeled after the “World Championship Punkin Chunkin” competition. This is a real life event where pumpkins are launched with a catapult. The class activity was modified using candy pumpkins. They built catapults to make the little pumpkins fly. This involved measurement, estimation, and a whole lot of fun.