I love all things seasonal! Whether its lighting a Trader Joe’s Vanilla Pumpkin candle, drinking from a pumpkin mug, or grabbing a Pumpkin Creme Cold Brew from Starbucks, I try to incorporate fall in any way I can because #itsfallyall 🙂 And you can bet that incorporating fall into lesson plans are no exception!
This lesson plan I created is geared towards first or second grade, but can definitely be used in the upper elementary grades as well! Below you are going to find a fun and interactive activity that incorporates it all into one lesson plan–literacy, the engineering design process, writing, and team-building.
This integrated S.T.E.M. challenge, Pumpkin Towers, is based on the book The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Jane E Gerver. Students can participate in a read-aloud to practice current literacy techniques such as retelling (beginning, middle, and end), story connection, or predictions. Not only will your kiddies love the read-aloud, they will also practice and refine science and engineering skills by building a structure that will hold up a pumpkin (orange plastic golf ball)! Complete with a design brief, design constraints, materials list, an assessment, and an engaging worksheet this activity will be the perfect addition to your classroom! Take a little sneak peak below, or head to my TPT page to purchase.
If you tried out this activity, let me know how it went in the comments section below! And also feel free to share below any fun fall activities you like to incorporate into your classroom!
Happy Fall Y’all! 🎃