Older kids can have fun with pumpkins too! In this investigation, students will observe characteristics, make predictions, and collect scientific and mathematical data from a pumpkin. They will find the total mass, measure the height and circumference, as well as check for buoyancy.
Once the teacher cuts the pumpkin open, students will collect more data about their pumpkin, such as: the mass of the seeds, the mass of the pulp, measure the largest seed in the pumpkin, and then measure the smallest seed in the pumpkin.
In order to observe the data from all of the pumpkins in the class, students will create a class double bar graph that reports the number of seeds in each pumpkin, and the mass of each. Students will then answer questions in order to find relationships between a pumpkins size, and the number and size of seeds it has.
Last, students will make a circle graph that displays the percentage of the mass that is taken up by the seeds, pulp, and just the empty shell.
Purchase includes student data sheets, and class bar graph template.
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