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How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? by Margaret…

How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?

by Margaret McNamara

Other authors: G. Brian Karas (Illustrator)

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This book would be perfect for 3rd or 4th graders because it builds curiosity. They can start questioning how many seeds are in a pumpkin and make it into a competion, which kids this age love. You could plan a field trip around this and take your students to Huber's farm. Each student could pick a small pumpkin that they could take back to class and actually do the activites that are mentioned in the book. The children could cut open their pumpkins (or the teacher could do the cutting) and the students could pull out all the seeds and guts and go through and count how many each pumpkin had. You could then do the follow up activity and make dried pumpkin seeds. This lesson teaches the kids about making predictions in math and has fun activities to do so. ( )
  vross316 | Feb 4, 2016 |
This book would be great to read to children during the fall time, teaching them all about what pumpkins are and how many uses they have.

Age - 5-6
Source - Pierce County Library
  msalema6557 | Dec 2, 2015 |
The book is a counting book, just using pumpkin seeds.
Ages: 3-5
Source: google
  Taylorhals | Nov 18, 2015 |
28 months - what a great way to incorporate math concepts into reading an into the class room. This was a fun read and we learned a little something too. I hope we can borrow this book again in a year or two at Halloween and do our own seed counting experiment. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
One kid get super excited when his teacher brings a pumpkin into the classroom, and the smaller pumpkin has the more seeds.
Age: 4-6
Source: Pierce College
  DaisyMendoza | Nov 13, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375840141, Hardcover)

Here is an adorable picture book for curious kids, which explores skip counting and estimation in a fun pumpkin-themed classroom experiment. "How many seeds are in a pumpkin?" Mr. Tiffin asks his class as they gather around the big, medium, and small pumpkins on his desk. Robert, the biggest kid, guesses that the largest one has a million seeds; Elinor, sounding like she knows what she's talking about, guesses the medium one has 500 seeds; and Anna, who likes even numbers better than odd ones, guesses that the little one has 22. Charlie, the smallest boy in the class, doesn't have a guess. Counting pumpkin seeds is messy business, but once the slimy job is done, to everyone's surprise, the smallest pumpkin has the most seeds! As Charlie happily exclaims, "Small things have a lot going on inside of them." This book makes a wonderful read-aloud companion to any math or science curriculum, and it's a fun way to reinforce counting skills at home.


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Charlie, the smallest child in his first grade class, is amazed to discover that of the three pumpkins his teacher brings to school, the tiniest one has the most seeds.

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