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Pumpkin Math

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From: Jeanne (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Oct 16, 2000 at 11:55:10
Subject: Re: Pumpkin Math

Hello Angie, Sounds like you have a nice opportunity for some measurement, data collection activities and graphing activities. Students could measure the circumference and weight of each pumpkin. Take the class data and compute the mean, median and mode, make a scatterplot (circumference vs weight) of the data. The largest pumpkin at the 27th Annual Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off the Heavyweight Championship in the Pumpkin Capital of the World Half Moon Bay, California (1999) weighed 991 pounds. There's a picture of it on the Half Moon Bay site, which is: http://www.miramarevents.com/weighoff/facts.html . Could your class' data help the kids predict its circumference? Or perhaps they could predict the mass of an especially large pumpkin that your school might acquire/borrow from a nice farmer? This way they can see how close they got. Students could predict the number of seeds inside his/her pumpkin, then do a count. Perhaps make a histogram of this data. I found a webpage on a Pumpkin Festival in New Hampshire. They are going for a world record. They have a record of the numbers of jack o'lanterns brought to the event over the years. Perhaps you could do a graphing activity and a have a discussion of trends? Pumpkin Festival 2000: http://www.centerstagenh.com/record.html Hope this helps. -Jeanne, for the Teacher2Teacher service

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