for Pumpkin Day
students will dissect a pumpkin and record data regarding
the parts of the pumpkin.
- 5 medium sized pumpkins.
- Measuring tape
- "The Story of
Pumpkin" by Frank Fiorello, or another book that
discusses how pumpkins grow and the parts of a
- Metal spoons and vegetable
- Read the book about growing
- Divide the class into
small groups sitting around tables or desks that are
pushed together to form a table.
- Each dissection team will
receive; * one pumpkin (top should be on but pre cut
off), *several metal spoons, *one vegetable peeler (
be sure it is not too sharp )
- Lead the class through the
steps on the Dissection
- Give each group
one dissection guide or one to each person.
- At the end of this
exercise the students will have completed their
- For younger children, the
entire class may work together to fill out one
dissection guide under the leadership of the teacher.
- Have the students plant a
pumpkin seed and observe its growth over time. This activity will not be finished in
- Compare the pumpkin to
other fruits. Compare it to other vegetables. Decide
if it is a fruit or vegetable. Suggested reading for
this activity: "Itís a Fruit, Itís a
Vegetable, Itís a Pumpkin" by Allan Fowler.
- Have the students trace a
pumpkin seed's journey to become a ripe pumpkin.