As we enjoy Halloween we should also take a moment and celebrate the pumpkin. The pumpkin is a symbol of Halloween that can be found on doorsteps and windows but also in drinks, donuts, and dining rooms. As I explored the Library’s online collections, I found all sorts of pumpkin-related items.
Here are a few suggestions on how to bring pumpkin-related primary sources into the classroom:
Looking for a story to read to your students? How about The Pearl and the Pumpkin by Paul Clarendon West and W.W. Denslow? It tells the story of a girl and her cousin, who is an expert pumpkin carver. And if you want to add to the atmosphere there is sheet music from a stage play of the same name.
A few years ago, the Teaching with the Library team discussed how many pumpkin pies could be created from a 707 pound pumpkin. Does thinking about that make you hungry? The Library’s Inside Adams blog explored the Library’s cookbook collections for recipes featuring pumpkins.
Looking for pictures of pumpkins? The Library’s Prints and Photographs division has a blog post just for you.
Looking for some ideas on decorating with pumpkins? Minerva’s Kaleidoscope has some suggestions. And if the ideas from this blog post give you some ideas our good friends at the Consumer Product Safety Commission remind us to be careful when carving our pumpkins. I wonder how they would feel about these children carving a pumpkin with a large knife without parental supervision?
How will you bring primary sources to your students while studying pumpkins and Halloween? Let us know in the comments.