Predicting Pumpkins

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If you want more pumpkin seeds, you should get a bigger pumpkin—right? Young harvesters use estimation skills to make a hypothesis about how many seeds they will find in a pumpkin before examining the real number inside.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Plan the lesson after a class trip to the pumpkin patch
  • Encourage pupils to bring in pumpkins
  • If you don't have enough time or pumpkins for the full lesson, use one pumpkin for the entire class as a demonstration, allowing individuals to make their own hypotheses
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson requires a large number of pumpkins, recommending one pumpkin for every two students
  • Class members will need a scale and measuring tape
  • Teacher should cut open the pumpkin for safety; this may take some time from the lesson if you need to open ten to fifteen pumpkins
Pros

  • Includes multiple disciplines in one lesson
  • A great way to integrate fall and autumn activities into science
Cons

  • None