Pumpkin Investigation: The Case of the Pumpkin Patch (Printable PLUS Google)

Grade Levels
K - 2nd
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31 pages
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Are your students ready to join the ranks of the infamous Pumpkin Patch Police Patrol (P-4)? Guide students through an exploration and investigation of all things pumpkins! Bring science, math, and art together in this cross-curricular resource.

This resource includes:

*Teacher tips

*Booklet cover

*Recommended resources

*Pumpkin life cycle page

*Labeling pumpkin parts

*Measuring height

*Measuring weight

*Measuring circumference

*Sink/Float Test

*Seed estimation and counting

*Seed tasting recording page

*Seed tasting graph

*Pumpkin disguise portrait page

**Orange pumpkin books are NOT included in this resource. These can be purchased at the Dollar Spot of your favorite red and white bullseye store.**

The PDF version of this resource is a booklet style that is perfect for those Dollar Spot pumpkin books OR on it's own with the included half page version of the booklet. Updated 9/10/20 - this resource now includes a DIGITAL version for Google Slides!

Beachfront Celebration Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


Total Pages
31 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 days
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