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Fall Pumpkin Lessons and Activities

Pumpkin Lessons and Activities for Fall

Are you thinking about those wonderful fall pumpkin lessons yet?  Here are some lesson ideas to get you started.  

Pumpkin Activities Third Grade

To get students thinking about the life cycle of plants, provide them with some pumpkins in various stages.  You can cut the lids ahead of time so that the students can pull them open and look inside.  Real-life and hands-on experiences are some of the best ways to teach concepts, therefore growing your own pumpkins and documenting each stage is a great way for students to learn and remember the life cycle of a pumpkin because they actually experience it and help grow the pumpkins.

Pumpkin lesson kindergarten
Pumpkin life cycle

Pumpkin science activities

Have students look inside and make observations  How are they different?  How are they alike?  Which pumpkin do you think was on the vine the longest? Why?
Photos of pumpkins in various stages are also helpful.

pumpkin lessons for elementary

pumpkins growth and life cycle lesson

You can also provide them with some seeds that are sprouting to look at.

pumpkin sprouting activity

Below is a cute little video on the life cycle of pumpkins.

Have the students come up with the life cycle of a pumpkin and record it in their notebooks. 

pumpkin activity for interactive notebook

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pumpkin lesson sentence stems

More Notebook Ideas!
Make a large pumpkin pocket.  Using green yarn connects the stages of the pumpkin’s life cycle. Super cute notebook idea for younger grades. 
pumpkin interactive notebook

pumpkin life cycle craft
You can find all the pieces here Pumpkin Unit
pumpkin unit kindergarten

Pumpkin Life Cycle Unit Third Grade

Pumpkin Unit and Life Cycle Activities NGSS 3-LS1-1

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  1. What a cute idea!! We invite the parents in to do a whole science investigation on pumpkins (sink float, will it roll…) I added your button to the bottom of my post so others can see your awesome science activities.

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I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!

 
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Tina S

I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!   Science and Engineering Practices Distance Education Unit
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Richard S

The elephant article was excellent but I also thought the lab on dissecting a flower was broken down so easily, even telling me where to get inexpensive flowers!  This resource helped me teach this challenging standard in an engaging way.  Worth every penny!   Structure and Function NGSS 4-LS1-1 and 4-LS1-2
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As always, Lynda provides perfect alignment with the standards.   Age of the Earth and Geologic Time Scale NGSS MS ESS1-4
Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.

 
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Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.   Honey Bee Digital Escape Distance Learning
My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.

 
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Heidi J

My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.   Compare and Contrast Two Texts on Reindeer
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