CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. -- Students in second-grade classes at the Furnace Woods School celebrated Halloween in a festive, yet very scientific, way -- with Pumpkin Math on Friday, Oct. 31.
Parent volunteers brought in pumpkins of various shapes and sizes, and each volunteer worked with a small group of children to gather data and answer a number of questions.
The students began with predictions, such as “Do you think your pumpkin will float?” and “How many pounds do you think your pumpkin weighs?” Later, they weighed and measured their pumpkins, checked the number of creases, the size and number of seeds and much more.
Eventually each group carefully turned its pumpkin into a Halloween Jack-o-lantern and chose a name for it. Before getting down to a class party, students also entered their scientific data on a class chart.
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