Five Little Pumpkins Challenge

We read the poem “Five Little Pumpkins” to listen for rhyming words and find the sight word the. Then we had our first engineering challenge of the year: build a gate to hold five pumpkins. This project helped us to practice working together. We also learned the importance of trying and trying again when something doesn’t work the first time. Each team was given the same materials and set off the build a gate.

Some teams chose to draw a plan of how their gate might look.

They tried lots of different ways to use clothespins and craft sticks to construct a gate.

When they were ready, they balanced five pumpkins on the gate.

We walked around to observe how different teams constructed their gates.

We found out that there are so many ways to make a gate! We also discovered the importance of cooperation and not giving up.