Third graders have been exploring measurement in math. This week, the team took it one step further by creating a fun activity that really brings a new meaning to the phrase ‘hands-on learning.”

Students were given a set of parameters to create their own jack o’lanterns with precise measurements. The instructions included the height and width of specific shapes, such as squares and triangles, and distances between each.

The first day they spent time making careful estimates on weight, circumference, and diameter of the pumpkins. After each estimate students made an actual measurement and then calculated the difference between the estimate and actual. They focused on customary and metric units, as well as volume and capacity.

After carefully plotting their spooky designs, they then received a little help from a few big buddies on campus. A team of seventh graders helped the third graders scoop out the insides of their pumpkins and prepare for carving. Third graders then completed the project by carving their very own jack o’lantern.

In addition to the math concepts learned by the third graders, this fun activity was another opportunity for Upper School students to build confidence and character by partnering with younger children. “We were thankful to have a team of seventh graders on hand to work with the younger children. These types of opportunities happen across campus and I love seeing the younger students respond to the assistance of their older friends,” says Mrs. Slavin, a third grade teacher. “It is one of the things I love about this school.”