Have you ever wondered how a tiny pumpkin seed turns into an enormous jack-o’-lantern? This lesson on the growth cycle of a pumpkin will teach your students how!
Students will learn the growth process of a pumpkin, and how they develop from very tiny seeds into big, orange pumpkins!
Fiskars scissors; orange, brown, yellow, and green construction paper; glue; whole punch; five pieces of string—about six inches in length—for each student.
SET UP AND PREPARE
1. Review the life cycle of a pumpkin. Explain to students that a pumpkin begins as a seed, grows a sprout, then a vine, and then a flower. Next, it develops into a green pumpkin, and finally, becomes a full, orange pumpkin!
2. Review the cycle again, but this time stop along the way and cut the various stages of the pumpkin’s growth out of construction paper.
1. Cut small seeds out of brown paper.
2. Cut out a seed with a small green sprout and glue the two pieces together.
3. Cut a seed with a longer green vine out of paper and glue the two pieces together.
4. Cut a yellow flower out of paper.
5. Cut a small green pumpkin out of paper.
6. For the final step, cut out two large orange pumpkin shapes and glue them together to form a pouch.
7. Review with your class the life cycle again, but this time, reverse the process. As you go through each stage, punch a hole in the top of the crafts, take a piece of string and tie them together.
8. Begin with the orange pumpkin and tie it to the green pumpkin, then tie the green pumpkin to the flower, the flower to the vine, the vine to the sprout, and the sprout to the seeds.
9. Each stage will be stored inside the bigger pumpkin. Students can pull the string out of the pumpkin and explain the process themselves!