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My Pumpkin Story



  • Arts & Humanities
    --Language Arts
    --Visual Arts
  • Educational Technology


  • K-2
  • 3-5

Brief Description

Students use an online tool to "carve" a pumpkin. Then they write a story about their pumpkin.



  • will use technology to create a unique pumpkin face.
  • will write a story about the special characteristics of their pumpkin.


pumpkin, story

Materials Needed

  • Internet access (site links provided in Lesson Plan below)

Lesson Plan

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 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.

Writing Activity
After students use one of those online tools to create their personal pumpkins, have them write a story about their pumpkin.

  • Younger students might begin their stories with the sentence This Halloween I carved the most unusual pumpkin. My pumpkin is very special because Students' stories might include information about
    --- their pumpkin's special qualities/abilities;
    --- its likes and dislikes;
    --- its friends and family life;
    --- a special problem it encountered; or
    --- a day that didn't go so well.
  • Older students might use this Halloween Story Planner to help them plan the characters and conflicts they will include in their stories.


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.

Lesson Plan Source

Submitted By

Gary Hopkins

National Standards

NL-ENG.K-12.5 Communication Strategies
NL-ENG.K-12.12 Applying Language Skills

NT.K-12.1 Basic Operations and Concepts

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Originally published 10/19/2006
Last updated 10/02/2007