# Pumpkin Plotting Project

## Instructional Plan

Overview:

Students complete equations to determine values of points. They then plot the points to create a design. Next, students make a design on a coordinate plane and create equations to equal the points of their design. Finally, students enter the Pumpkin Contest.

Objectives:

- Solve multi-step equations
- Create multi-step equations
- Plot points on a coordinate plane

Materials:

- Pumpkin Plotting Activity
- Rulers

## Pumpkin Plotting

Students will complete the Pumpkin Plotting Activity. This activity requires students to solve equations to determine the coordinates of a design. Students then plot the coordinates to make the design.

## Create Your Own Pumpkin Design

1.
Design a picture on a coordinate
plane that only has lines (no curves).
The design must have __at least 10 points. __

2. Figure equations that equal the x and y values of all the points of your picture. (Make sure to meet the equation requirements.)

3.
** Enter
the Pumpkin Contest**-Carve or paint your
design onto a pumpkin. A winner from each class will receive a prize. All
pumpkins must be submitted to the contest by

October 30^{th}.

__Equation
Requirements__

1. Includes at least 20 equations (2 equations for each point)

2. 5 include multiplication

3. 5 include division

4. 10 2-step equations

5. 5 include negative numbers

## Enter the Pumpkin Contest

I make this part of the project optional for students. Students can carve their design on a pumpkin and submit it to the Pumpkin Contest. All students who enter the contest get their work and a picture of their pumpkin displayed.

## Assessments and Extensions

Assessments:

- Use the Pumpkin plotting to assess students ability to solve equations and plot points on a coordinate plane.
- When students create equations for their own design, teachers are able to assess their level of understanding by their type of equations and accuracy.

Extensions:

You can have students solve each others' equations to make their design.

Require more or less difficult equations to differentiate for students. In my attachment, there is a more difficult example of the Create Your Own Pumpkin Design that could be use for 8th grade or a more challenging 7th grade activity.