We love Fall! With the cool, crisp air and pumpkin everything around us, it is so fun to find recipes, autumn decor, and engaging activities involving pumpkins with the kids. If you’re in need of an enjoyable book for kids about pumpkins, this one is tops on our list. How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? by Margaret McNamara and G. Brian Karas is the perfect book to incorporate literacy, math, and science.
The book is about a boy named Charlie and his classmates in Mr. Tiffin’s class. The teacher asks the class how many seeds they think are in pumpkins. It is an adorable tale that covers math concepts such as estimation and skip-counting.
The use of this picture book is a great way to reinforce reading and writing skills. Children can:
- Make predictions of the book based on the pictures and the title.
- Practice reading aloud
- Work on comprehension skills by stopping along the way to discuss what is happening. (I have created a set of comprehension questions in a printable unit for your use. Find the download below).
- Write a description of the pumpkin’s exterior and interior. Discuss various adjectives that can be used in their writing.
The tale takes you through Mr. Tiffin’s class’ investigation on how many seeds are in a small, medium, and a large pumpkin. With math embedded in the story, incorporating math concepts of estimation and counting in your own activities are seamless. Math can be used by:
- Estimating how many seeds are inside of your pumpkins
- Skip counting the seeds
- Weighing your pumpkins and talking about measurement
Here are a few ways to incorporate scientific skills and concepts with How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?:
- Use your five senses to explore the outside and inside of a pumpkin.
- Talk about different sized pumpkins and the cycle of a pumpkin