Students use an online tool to "carve" a pumpkin. Then they write a story about their pumpkin.
Begin the lesson by introducing students to one of the following Web pages:
Pick a Pumpkin to Carve
Click on one of the pumpkins, then use the cursor (knife) to carve a face on the pumpkin. Print the end result.
On this page from PrimaryGames.com students move mouth, nose, and eye parts to create a pumpkin face. Once they create their face, they can move the unused pieces to the side and print their pumpkins.
Virtual Jack O' Lantern
Students choose from a menu of eyes, noses, and mouths, then click the "Carve It" button to create their special jack o' lantern face. Then they print out the face and draw their pumpkin around its features.
After students use one of those online tools to create their personal pumpkins, have them write a story about their pumpkin.
Set your specific goals and expectations in advance of giving this writing assignment; share those expectations with students. Then assess student writing based on those specific expectations.
GRADES K - 12
NT.K-12.1 Basic Operations and Concepts
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Originally published 10/19/2006
Last updated 10/02/2007