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Make a Halloween pumpkin face with geometry shapes here


Art, Language Arts, Math  



Title – Introducing Shapes with Pumpkins
By – Jessica LiCalzi
Primary Subject – Math
Secondary Subjects – Art, Language Arts
Grade Level – K

Overview and Rationale:

    This lesson incorporates math, art and language arts. In the excitement of Halloween, the children are excited about the topic of pumpkins. The children have also mastered the concept of sorting at this point. This activity is a culmination of all of these lessons.

New York State Standards:

      This lesson will incorporate art, math and language arts and meet the following NYS Standards:

        ELA #1: Language for information and understanding


      Math Standard #1: Mathematical reasoning


  • Pumpkin Heads! by Wendell Minor
  • Assorted cut-out shapes (squares, triangles, rectangles and extra black paper to be used to cut circles)
  • Large black construction paper
  • Traced pumpkin
  • Shape recording sheet
  • Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Glue
  • Scissors


  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of some concepts about print.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the following shapes: (squares, triangles, rectangles, diamonds, and circles).
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of classifying shapes.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of counting and writing numbers.


      The children will be seated on the rug as calendar time will be ending. The teachers will discuss the upcoming holiday and brainstorm ideas on how they celebrate. After discussing what a Jack O’ Lantern is, we will introduce the book,

Pumpkin Heads!

    by Wendell Minor. Students will participate in an ongoing interactive read-aloud. After the book we will discuss a variety of pumpkin faces through different expressions and how to use different shapes. The teachers will model different ways to create an expressive pumpkin and make an example for the children to guide them as they generate their own. Once completed, the teachers will model how to use the pumpkin face to help log the number of different shapes on the recording sheet. Next, the pumpkin and the recording sheet will be glued on a piece of black paper and will be displayed around the classroom for our Halloween party. Children will be directed where the supplies are and to start their projects at the designated work tables. Teachers will encourage and assist those students needing help.


    This lesson meets the needs of all learners as it is differentiated by using both words and picture clues. The recording sheet offers numbers at the bottom to use as a support system if necessary.


    Once the projects are completed, children will ‘read’ Halloween books until the entire class is done. Afterwards, we will share the completed pumpkin projects.


    This lesson is a concluding lesson on geometric shapes. The recording sheets will be used as an assessment tool.

Extending Activities:

    We can utilize this format to create other lessons creating faces for other holiday themes (turkeys, gingerbread men, etc.)

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