The Great Pumpkin Quest

The Great Pumpkin Quest
Posted on 11/09/2017

The fourth grade students at Merriwether Elementary participated in the Great Pumpkin Quest last week. Each student brought in a pumpkin and used the pumpkin to practice recently learned math skills. The students had to predict the weight and circumference of the pumpkin and then find the actual measurements. The students worked together to create charts and graphs as a means to show and interpret the data collected on each pumpkin. The students were challenged to take the pumpkin seeds home and cook them with their parents. Some of the students and families were very creative! We heard of sweet and sour pumpkin seeds, Jamaican flavored seeds, spicy seeds, etc.

“I couldn’t believe the pumpkin didn’t sink,” exclaimed fourth grader Jules Sides. “I really had fun when we made a mess with the guts while counting the pumpkin seeds,” Sides continued. “The Great Pumpkin Quest is a great way to show students that math skills learned in a classroom are applicable in our everyday lives,” stated fourth grade teacher Kristin Wells. “The students are having fun and getting messy; they don’t realize they are actually using math skills,” Wells continued. Our school district and community believe that students must be able to transfer skills learned in our classrooms to real world events in order to be world class citizens. The Great Pumpkin Quest showed our students that we must transfer the skills we learn in school to our daily lives in order to be a productive member of society.

The Great Pumpkin Quest

Pictured on the left: Shakayla Reynolds counting pumpkin seeds. Pictured on the right from L-R: Ahlani Wright and Emily Cloy

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