Who doesn't love pumpkins? I'm going to share with you today how to have a fun day of investigating pumpkins, while also incorporating language arts, math, science, and art!
Here's what our day looked like:
Each of the kids got their own small pumpkin to investigate. First we talked about words that describe the outside of the pumpkin and the kids drew a picture on their investigation sheets. This is a great way to review adjectives and other descriptive language.
The kids made predictions about their pumpkins and wrote them down. We predicted what the inside looks like, whether it would sink or float, how many seeds are inside, weight and height, and the length around.
Next, we did some investigations to find out the facts!
|Finding weight by measuring the kids with the pumpkin and without! Great way to incorporate more math!|
|Counting seeds by making groups of 10|
We wrote the findings on the second investigation worksheet.
You can grab these worksheets for free HERE.
The cleaning out and counting seeds took awhile since I had to help them all with it, so if this is an activity you want to do with a classroom of students, I would suggest doing it in groups with parent volunteers!
First we dyed the seeds by putting some in a plastic bag and adding a small splash of vinegar and food coloring! We made green, orange, and brown (red, green, and yellow food coloring). The kids had fun squishing the seeds inside the bags to coat them.
Next we laid them out on paper towels to dry. It took several hours, so we ended up finishing the craft the next day.
You can grab the pumpkin investigation sheets that we used HERE!
I also have several pumpkin freebies in my TpT store! Get each one by clicking the picture.