Social Studies:

History:

Students can research where pumpkins originated. When were they first raised? By whom?
What is a jack-o'-lantern? Where did the term come from? What are other meanings of the term jack-o'-lantern?

Economics:

Demonstrate the concept of “Division of Labor”
Give students directions for creating a specific jack-o-lantern. Divide students into two groups. One group should create the task using an assembly line. The other group should do it individually.

WebQuest:

The following information was created by Melanie B. Spell and presented in a WebQuest at the following web address:
http://www.sampson.k12.nc.us/Countypage/Technology/Web%20Quests/melanie% 20webquest/indexp.htm

Excerpt from the WebQuest:

    1.   Visit the website, The Pumpkin Circle, www.pumpkincircle.com/growing.html

    2.   Read the information provided about how to grow a pumpkin.

    3.   Answer the questions that are written below on a piece of paper.

    4.   In the computer lab, type your answers to the questions using a word

          processing program.

QUESTIONS:

    1.   Where should a pumpkin seed be planted?

    2.   How often should a pumpkin plant be watered?

    3.   How far apart should pumpkin seeds be planted?

    4.   When should pumpkins be picked?

    5.   In what sequence does a pumpkin grow? (Hint: There are 6 steps.)

Visit University of Illinois Website:

Visit the website, The University of Illinois Extension Services, www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/pumpkins.
1.   Read the Giant Pumpkin questions and answer section.
2.   Record on a piece of paper 10 questions and answers that you found interesting.
3.   Create a brochure, using your 10 questions and answers, of Tips for Growing A Giant Pumpkin. The brochure should be made out of construction paper. Ask Mrs. Spell for help if you would like to print out pumpkin pictures from the computer