Outdoor Hour Challenge
Autumn Series #5 Pumpkins
(See Also Crop Plants Challenge #6)
Inside Preparation Work
Read in the Handbook of Nature Study pages 611-617. Make sure to highlight or underline some facts about pumpkins and also a few ideas for completing your nature study during your pumpkin time.
You can either plan a field trip to a pumpkin field to observe pumpkin plants and pumpkins or you can purchase a pumpkin at the grocery and bring it home and complete this study with a real pumpkin. You could also plan on doing both!
If you have a real pumpkin to observe, use the suggestions on pages 616 and 617 in the Handbook of Nature Study. Pull out your nature journals and make a colorful pumpkin entry. There is also a free printable notebook page in my set: Autumn 2009 Notebook Pages.
Here are some additional observation suggestions for you to try with your children.
- Thump your pumpkin and describe the sound.
- Observe the creases on the outside of the pumpkin.
- Can you tell which way your pumpkin sat on the ground when it was growing?
- Cut your pumpkin open and view the seeds. Sketch the arrangement in your journal.
- Are pumpkins mostly full or empty?
- Observe the thickness of the pumpkin shell. Is it the same all over the pumpkin?
- Carefully sketch a pumpkin seed into your journal.
- Describe the feel of the pumpkin both inside and out. What is the stringy stuff for?
- Describe the smell of the pumpkin inside.
- Describe the taste of cooked pumpkin or the pumpkin seed after roasting.
Also try these links:
Pumpkin life cycle: http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pdf.htm?pumpkin_lesson.pdf
Pumpkin poem for your nature journal: