Winter Squash Around the World Worksheet

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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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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.
Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms. Patterns are the similarities and differences in traits shared between offspring and their parents, or among siblings. Emphasis is on organisms other than humans. Assessment does not include genetic mechanisms of inheritance and prediction of traits. Assessment is limited to non-human examples.
Plan and conduct an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties. Observations could include color, texture, hardness, and flexibility. Patterns could include the similar properties that different materials share.
Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly. Examples of events and timescales could include volcanic explosions and earthquakes, which happen quickly and erosion of rocks, which occurs slowly. Assessment does not include quantitative measurements of timescales.
Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats. Emphasis is on the diversity of living things in each of a variety of different habitats. Assessment does not include specific animal and plant names in specific habitats.


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