Halloween Scienceby: Richard Konicek-Moran

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Students may well have the usual “bigger is better” conception about comparing different items. Pumpkins are the perfect object to help engage students in investigative science and answer most of their questions by direct observation.

Grades
  • Elementary
  • Middle
Publication Date
3/12/2010

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Reviews (3)
  • on Sun Oct 23, 2016 8:36 PM

I loved this resource! The small story at the beginning gives the students the capability to make a personal connection. In addition, the chapter lays out this idea for older grades, which is fantastic. As I was reading this, I automatically thought about how I would implement it in my own classroom. Perfect for a seasonal lesson plan!

Audrey Stall
Audrey Stall

  • on Tue Oct 04, 2011 5:20 PM

What a perfect story to connect science and Halloween. With stuffed curriculum, sometimes we need to weave a little fun into our classrooms. This story sets the stage for an inquiry into pumpkins, volume vs mass, and plant biology. This would be a great segue into a hands-on exploration with pumpkins, or squash.

Angelika Fairweather  (Bradenton, FL)
Angelika Fairweather (Bradenton, FL)

  • on Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:55 AM

What a nice inquiry to keep students involved during Halloween. What is a predictor for the number of seeds in a pumpkin? You could have students roast the seeds after the inquiry. The only downfall is all the pumpkins you will need to supply students at the older grade levels.

Susan German  (Hallsville, MO)
Susan German (Hallsville, MO)


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