Winter Squash Around the World Worksheet

Winter Squash Around the World Worksheet
Next Generation Science Standards
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This worksheet accompanies Early American Civilizations lessons. It also functions as a great botany lesson, teaching students that ”fruit have seeds inside!” Kindergarten can use the worksheet to observe and draw patterns that they see on the skin of the squash. The center of origin of winter squash is understood to be southern Mexico. Indigenous communities have been saving seeds of these fruits for centuries, and they are still planted in the Three Sisters configuration with corn and beans by tribes throughout the Americas. Pick up some squash at the grocery or show photos of squash on the projector and let students discover the many shapes and colors of winter squash - a food that humans have relied on for winter storage for centuries. The best part is if you cook a winter squash in the classroom and serve it up for your students to try. Ask students if their families cook winter squash or have any traditional recipes. To stick with the focus on Early American Civilizations and Southern Mexico, prepare Calabaza en Tacha, or Candied Pumpkin, a traditional Mexican recipe of calabaza (winter squash). It is said that this recipe dates back to pre-Hispanic times in Mexico, when the native Tarascans living in the northwestern state of Michoacán sweetened pumpkins with honey. Now, in Mexico, Calabaza en Tacha is prepared especially for the Day of the Dead - a holiday celebrated the first week of November.

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