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Pumpkin Unit and Life Cycle Activities NGSS 3-LS1-1

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Learning Objective

Students will develop a model to show the life cycle of a pumpkin. They will participate in fun life cycle activities and make a cute pumpkin craft.


Pumpkin Unit: Students will love these pumpkin activities and learning all about pumpkins. This pumpkin unit explores the pumpkin Life Cycle with hands-on pumpkin life cycle activities. Great October activity! Great for Halloween! Includes pumpkin life cycle cards and a cute pumpkin craft. See more ideas for Teaching About Pumpkins

This resource addresses the NGSS Disciplinary Core Idea: Molecules and Organisms: Structure and Processes.

This is a great resource for teaching about organisms and focuses on pumpkins and the life cycle of a pumpkin.

This resource is aligned with NGSS 3-LS1-1 Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.

This resource includes:

  • hands-on lessons
  • interactive notebook flaps
  • task cards
  • life cycle sorting cards
  • a true/false sort
  • a nonfiction article
  • response pages
  • a seed experiment
  • a layered book
  • two smoosh books

Great for Halloween and October activities!

For NGSS 3rd Grade

Next Generation Science Standards

Science Concepts Include:

Making predictions

Making observations

The life cycle of a pumpkin

What plants need

Parts of plants

Seed germination

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STEM Magnet Unit With Interactive Notebook Folds and Flaps

STEM Balloon Rocket Lesson

Camouflage Lesson With Slide Show

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20 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death. Changes organisms go through during their life form a pattern. Assessment of plant life cycles is limited to those of flowering plants. Assessment does not include details of human reproduction.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.
Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.


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