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Pumpkins Help Bronxville Kindergartners Build Math, Science Skills

Bronxville Elementary School students learned different math, science and language arts concepts through a number of hands-on activities with pumpkins.
Bronxville Elementary School students learned different math, science and language arts concepts through a number of hands-on activities with pumpkins. Photo Credit: Bronxville Schools
Bronxville Elementary School students try to balance a pumpkin.
Bronxville Elementary School students try to balance a pumpkin. Photo Credit: Bronxville Schools
A Bronxville Elementary School student draws a pumpkin as part of the lesson.
A Bronxville Elementary School student draws a pumpkin as part of the lesson. Photo Credit: Bronxville Schools
Bronxville Elementary School students learn different concepts through a number of hands-on activities with pumpkins.
Bronxville Elementary School students learn different concepts through a number of hands-on activities with pumpkins. Photo Credit: Bronxville Schools

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- Pumpkins were a learning tool at Bronxville Elementary School, where kindergartners engaged in a week's worth of hands-on learning.

Parent volunteers set up a mock "pumpkin patch" at the school so kids could pick a favorite, then use it to learn math, science and language arts concepts.

“So many different skills are embedded within the pumpkin study,” said kindergarten teacher Janissa Wiles, who has been teaching at the Bronxville school for 22 years.

“The students worked like scientists as they investigated and looked closely at their pumpkins," she explained.

A lesson included practicing language by having the students draw on their pumpkins and describe the illustrations. A science task involved observing whether pumpkins float or sink in water. For math, the children sorted their pumpkins and counted seeds, among other activities.

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