Pumpkin Science

If you need a quick and easy pumpkin science activity to integrate fall fun and Halloween into your science curriculum, then I have the perfect project for you. 

This pumpkin science activity will cover: 

Read on to learn about the simple materials needed to get your project started. 

Pumpkin Science Materials

This pumpkin science activity requires a few materials but set up is so simple. 

Materials needed: 

  • Pumpkin Jack picture book
  • Small pumpkin cut into a jack o’lantern shape
  • Small Tupperware or other container that can be shut
  • Layer of dirt for the bottom of the container
Materials for pumpkin science activity

Pumpkin Science Lesson

  1. Start the lesson by reading Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell. This is a cute story that will detail the life cycle of a pumpkin. 
  2. Show students the pumpkin and talk about what stage it is in its life cycle. Then, talk about what happens to pumpkins after they are cut. 
  3. Explain to the students that they will observe what will happen to the pumpkin when placed in the container. 
  4. Place the pumpkin in the container and shut it. 
  5. Keep it in the container where students can easily observe the decomposition process. 
  6. Decomposition can take a few days to weeks, depending on your pumpkin. 

Curriculum Connections

This fun fall pumpkin science lesson makes connections to: 

  • Life cycles: Students are observing the life cycle of a pumpkin. Once the pumpkin has decomposed, the pumpkin seeds will be left behind. These can be used to grow new pumpkins so students can view the entire cycle. 
  • Making scientific observations: Have students collect observations about the decomposition of the pumpkin. This will help them to practice taking observations. 
  • Changes in matter: Use this activity to connect to a physical and chemical changes unit. Talk to students about the changes happening and how they connect to science. 

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