Pumpkin Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to help you teach students all about pumpkins, including how they grow and what their uses are. Students will practice reading informational text, answer comprehension questions, then apply learning in an engaging activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define what a pumpkin is
  • list characteristics of pumpkins
  • identify uses for pumpkins
  • discuss how pumpkins grow


1 hour


  • Copies of the lesson Pumpkin Facts: Lesson for Kids, one for each student or a shared copy the class to read together
  • Orange construction paper
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • A pumpkin or image of pumpkins and/or pumpkin seeds

Key Vocabulary

  • Pumpkins
  • Gourd
  • Fruit

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.1

Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.2

Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3

Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 2 topic or subject area.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.5

Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.


  • Connect students to learning and engage them with the topic by showing them a pumpkin, seeds, or image of pumpkins and asking them to brainstorm describing words or adjectives. After a few minutes, share and discuss observations.
  • Ask students to share their prior knowledge of pumpkins with a partner, then briefly share as a group. Tell students they will be learning more about pumpkins; preview vocabulary words.
  • Now distribute copies of the lesson or display as a shared reading. Instruct students to skim the lesson, noticing bold terms, images, captions, titles, etc. Discuss these together and make predictions about what the lesson will teach.
  • Read the first section of the lesson Pumpkin Facts: Lesson for Kids 'What Are Pumpkins?' together, pausing to define vocabulary. Discuss:
    • What are characteristics of a pumpkin that make it part of the gourd family?
    • What colors can pumpkins be?
    • Why are pumpkins considered a fruit?
    • How many seeds are typically inside pumpkins?
  • If you have a pumpkin, go ahead and carve it with students, allowing them to describe and explore the inside.
  • Have students turn and talk to a partner describing how they use pumpkins, then read the next section 'How Do We Use Pumpkins?' together. Discuss ways to use pumpkins taught in th lesson not identified by students.
  • Next read the section 'How and Where Do Pumpkins Grow?' together and discuss:
    • Where do pumpkins grow?
    • What type of soil do pumpkins need to grow?
    • How much sun and water do pumpkins need to grow?
    • When are pumpkins planted and harvested?
  • Read the Lesson Summary together and allow students to ask questions they may still have. Check for understanding of concepts by taking the lesson quiz as a group.

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