SES creates historical pumpkin patch

Published 3:36 pm Thursday, October 25, 2012

Jade Pate, Christian Headley, Landen Lawrence, Hannah Jackson and Laci Kelley show off their decorated pumpkins at Shelby Elementary. (Reporter photo/Christine Boatwright)


SHELBY – The gourd-y, orange-tinted likenesses of Pocahontas, Albert Einstein and George Washington peered from library shelves at Shelby Elementary School after the third grade classes decorated pumpkins as a class project.

Third grade teachers Kristal Lawrence and Lisa Carden instructed their 36 third graders to choose biographies for their October book club. After reading the books, the students dressed up pumpkins at home to represent each student’s person of choice. Finally, students showed off their creations and presented on their biographies to both classes.

Lawrence said giving oral presentations helps her students build confidence.

“I’m proud they got up in front of everybody,” she said.

Third grader Hannah Jackson chose to learn about Sacagawea because her grandmother is interested in the historical character. Jackson’s pumpkin included a “baby” pumpkin to represent how Sacagawea died while having a baby.

Christian Headley read about Amelia Earhart, and gave his pumpkin flight goggles and a full body.

Laci Kelley said she found Pocahontas “very interesting” when her dad told her the “real story” about how at 18, she was baptized and became a Christian.

Landen Lawrence, Kristal Lawrence’s son, learned that he shares his Sept. 11 birthday with Paul “Bear” Bryant. His pumpkin was complete with a Bear Bryant portrait and houndstooth fedora.

The inventor of the atomic bomb, Albert Einstein, caught Jade Pate’s eye.

“I picked him because I like scientists,” she said, holding up her painted pumpkin with a large tuft of hair.

The students also created posters in class full of facts and pictures of their chosen historical figures.

“We tried to have them pick someone they didn’t know much about,” Lawrence said. “We wanted them to learn new information rather than picking someone they already knew about.”