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.
- 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
Pumpkin Science Lesson
- Start the lesson by reading Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell. This is a cute story that will detail the life cycle of a pumpkin.
- 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.
- Explain to the students that they will observe what will happen to the pumpkin when placed in the container.
- Place the pumpkin in the container and shut it.
- Keep it in the container where students can easily observe the decomposition process.
- Decomposition can take a few days to weeks, depending on your pumpkin.
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.