Grade 1: Sense of Touch- Pumpkin Carving

I created a science lesson for my grade 1 pre-internship class revolving around the 5 senses. For this lesson, I focused on the sense of touch. I decided to incoperate fall into the class, and use a pumpkin for the students to explore this sense. Below is brief/minimized description of the lesson I taught, which overall went very well, and was engaging for myself and the students.

Sense of Touch: Pumpkin Carving

Subject: Science                   Grade: 1image2

Content (Topic):
Students will display an understanding of the sense of touch by exploration of the insides and outsides of a pumpkin.

Outcome: SE1.1:
Investigate characteristics of the five traditional external senses (i.e., sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste) in humans and animals.

b) Identify characteristics used to describe the range of observations related to each sense (e.g., sounds can be described as loud or soft, high pitch or low pitch; tastes related to the tongue can be described as sweet, sour, salty, or bitter; textures can be described as hard or soft, smooth or rough, sticky or not sticky; smells can be described as musky, aromatic, pungent, or putrid; and appearance can be described in terms of shape, colour, and lustour

Adaptive Dimensions:

  • Students who may not want to touch the insides of the pumpkin can use their sense of sight, and discuss what they think it may feel like


  • Pumpkin
  • Carving knife
  • Plastic Bowls
  • Pictures of Pumpkins
  • Orange Pumpkin booklets with lined paper inside and outside
  • Sharpie marker
  • Coloring page (23)
  • Computer & projector
  • Inside & Outside Adjective Chart (bristol)
  • Pumpkin Voting Chart (bristol board)

Introduction:  2/3 minutes 

  • Explain and discuss with students about the difference between a pumpkin to jack o lantern
  • Show students various pictures of different jack o’lanterns, providing pictures which display a variety of emotions and faces.
  • Inform students  that we are going to be changing a pumpkin into a jack o’lantern as a class today, and we will decide what it will look like

Development: 30 minutes

  • Explain to students about the voting process- one by one, have tables come up to the guided reading table. Students will choose a characteristic out of each column, and the teacher will mark their vote with an “x”
  • Demonstrate to students an example of a vote

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  • Call table by table to the guided reading table where the pumpkin will be sitting as well as the chart
  • While students are waiting to vote , they will be using their sense of touch to feel the outside of the pumpkin and discussing their findings
  • Students who are seated at their tables will be working on a halloween themed coloring sheet
  • After everyone has voted and touched pumpkin, students will describe what the outside of the pumpkin felt like. The teacher will write these adjectives on the outside of the pumpkin diagram drawn on the board. image1
  • Tables will now be called up to the guiding reading table again to use their sense of touch to feel the inside of the pumpkin. The teacher will remove the top of the pumpkin.
  • Students will come up the the front, and will take turns each pulling out a handful of the insides of the pumpkin, and placing it in the bowl. Spoons will be
    provided for students who do not wish to use their hands to touch the pumpkin.
  • Once each student has had an opportunity to clean out the pumpkin, the teacher will clean out the remainder of the pumpkin. The teacher will then tally up the votes, and will carve the pumpkin according to the studetns vote.
  • The students will then be asked to describe what the inside of the pumpkin felt like, these adjectives will be added to the diagram on the board.

Conclusion: 10 minutes (left over time)

  • Students will be provided with a flip- book in the shape of a pumpkin, ensuring that dotted lined sheets are included on the inside and the outside for writting. image4image5
  • Instruct students to pick 3 words off the chart at the front that they feel best describe what they felt on the outside and the inside of the pumpkin. Students will then write these words on the outside, and the inside of their booklets accordingly to assess their understanding



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