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Life Cycle of a Pumpkin – 3rd Grade Science Unit

life cycle of a pumpkin
 
NGSS 3-LS1-1. Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.
 

Your 3rd-grade class will LOVE this October activity!

This unit explores the life cycle of a pumpkin with hands-on activities.  It’s great for Halloween, but you can use it at any time of the year.

There are A LOT of activities included in this unit – check out just a few of them…

Includes pumpkin life cycle cards:

 
pumpkin life cycle

A cute pumpkin craft:

pumpkin life cycle NGSS  3-LS1-1
 
 

Two smoosh books on Pumpkin Life Cycle:

reading activity

A nonfiction article on the life cycle of pumpkins with response pages:

Life Cycle of a Pumpkin Reading

A seed experiment with a layered book:

flip book on seed experiment
 
 

And SO MUCH MORE – hands-on lessons, interactive notebook flaps, task cards, and a true/false sort.

This resource is aligned with NGSS Standard 3-LS1-1.

Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.”

Your class will LOVE these pumpkin activities!

Other teachers love it too…check out two of the dozens of perfect ratings:

“This is a wonderful unit. Very engaging. My students enjoyed the labs and the interactive notebook flaps.” -Amy V.

“Worked well for the NGSS standards.. This unit is really comprehensive and is appropriate for the grade level. The nonfiction passages are excellent. Nice science and literacy integration.”

-Solo A.

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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

Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
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2016-05-03T18:05:39-06:00

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
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!

 
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Richard S

Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
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2016-05-03T18:07:52-06:00

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
As always, Lynda provides perfect alignment with the standards.

 
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Sharon M

Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
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2016-05-03T18:24:44-06:00

Sharon M

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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Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
2020-11-03T20:44:55-07:00

Expedition Fourth

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

Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
2020-11-03T20:45:49-07:00

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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