|Pumpkins! (Jackie, Flickr.com)|
Throughout the years I have found other resources and ideas for pumpkin science to tweak my lesson plan. I have put some of my favorites and those I think others would find most useful in the resource section below.
Pumpkins can be the springboard for teaching Ethnobotany, decomposition, or cooking. The great thing about using a pumpkin as a teaching tool is that it does not have to be used exclusively for Halloween or in the fall, spring lessons in seed germination and pollination can easily be achieved indoors or out.
Gardening pumpkins throughout the summer at home or at a summer camp can be a great activity. I am sure there are many, many other science and math investigations to be tried! If you have an excellent pumpkin resource to share, please add it in the comment section below.
- Pumpkin Facts (History.com)
- Pumpkin Discoveries- Science and Math Lesson (TpT)
- Math and Science Pumpkin Project (Scholastic Lesson Plan)
- Pumpkins! NSTA Teaching Science Through Tradebooks Lesson
- Sid The Science Kid: The Decayed Pumpkin (PBS-Activity)
- Exploring Decomposition with a Rotting Pumpkin
- Kidsgardening.org Ethnobotany
- Ethnobotany resources from the US Department of Agriculture and US Forest Service