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Preparing for Pumpkins

28892 min.

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Grade Standards Subjects Topics
2nd 2-LS4-1. Science LIFE SCIENCE
2nd 2-LS2-1. Science LIFE SCIENCE
3rd 3-LS3-2. Science LIFE SCIENCE
5th 5-LS1-1. Science LIFE SCIENCE


Students will predict outcomes, identify variables, plant seeds, interpret data and compare and contrast, all while gaining a valuable lesson on the life cycle of a pumpkin seed.

Big Idea

How long does a seed to germinate to become a pumpkin?

Students will pretest their knowledge of new vocabulary (seed, germinate, soil, climate, nutrients, harvest) by playing a game of match (teacher created multimedia presentation numbered slides with one word per slide and one definition per numbered slide. Students must successfully match words to definitions by slide number.

Students will:

  • watch a video on growing pumpkins via YouTube at https://youtu.be/KRdjiuIgrtE by glacious11.
  • predict outcome of planted seed(s)
  • write any wonders on the pumpkin wonders chart.
  • plant actual seeds and provide necessary water, light and nutrients to soil.
  • create a digital journal (per group) to record pictures, seed type, soil type, and temperature.
  • monitor growth of seed.
  • interpret data about light, soil and growth.
  • compare and contrast results through harvest.

Students will write a journal entry related to their group’s work. Students should include their original predictions and answers to their wonders. Students should also include a sequence of their steps and end result of the project.