Anatomy of a Pumpkin


The savory aroma of toasted pumpkin seeds wafted through the corridors of Conservatory Lab last week, heralding the coming of autumn and the conclusion of a successful math lesson. Fourth graders spent time estimating, counting, and graphing the number of seeds in each pumpkin, not to mention scooping out pumpkin goo, separating the seeds, and roasting them with sugar and spices.

The pumpkin seed project has become a beloved fourth grade tradition, and serves as an example of math lessons which employ targeted skills to solve an authentic problem. As students work to divide the seeds of several pumpkins among a hungry classroom, they must perform their calculations accurately and document their results thoroughly.