Pumpkin Carving for K-2 Students

Pumpkin Carving for K-2 Students

by Judie Haynes

Children love Halloween and your English language learners are no exception. They usually have little experience with celebrating Halloween the way we do in the United States and will love this lesson on carving pumpkins.

Proficiency/Grade level

Beginning, advanced beginners, grades K-2

Content Concepts and Skills

Pumpkin carving; estimating the number of seeds

Vocabulary needed

Halloween, pumpkin, jack-o'-lantern, carve, eyes, nose, mouth, triangle, draw, scoop, stem, seeds, pulp, slippery, slimy.

Materials or Resources

Several pumpkins of different sizes and shapes; sharp knife, large spoon, newspaper, paper towels,

Instructional Sequence for Grades 1-2

Instructional Sequence for kindergarten

Activity Downloads

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PDF filePumpkin Insides (71k .PDF)

PDF filePumpkin Pattern (71k .PDF)

PDF fileParts of the Pumpkin (118k .PDF)

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