5 Little Pumpkins:
Mr. Pumpkin (tune: Where is thumpkin)
Pumpkin Song (tune: I'm a little teapot)
KWL Chart: what we KNOW, what we WANT to know, and what we LEARNED about pumpkins.
Pumpkin Science: estimate and then measure the circumference and weight of the pumpkin, predict whether the pumpkin will sink or float, describe how the pumpkin looks and feels, scoop out the insides and examine them, etc.
Jack-O-Lantern Graph: let the children vote on what kind of face to carve on the pumpkin by creating a graph. I had the kids place a pumpkin sticker or small picture of a pumpkin that they drew next to the kind of face they wanted on the pumpkin (scary, silly, or happy--scary always seems to win!).
Make a class book: At the end of your unit, have each child illustrate a page on what they learned about pumpkins. Make a pretty cover and bind the pages together. Place in your class library.
Field Trip: Take a field trip to a pumpkin patch or nursery that has a neat pumpkin display.
Pumpkin Pudding Cones:
Let the children help mix the pudding with the milk according to instant pudding directions. Add the pumpkin pie filling and stir well (or use electric mixer). The children then spoon the mixture into ice cream cones. "Frost" the tops with whipped topping (note: I sometimes just make the pudding without the ice cream cones and just use small dixie cups and spoons to eat).