Pumpkin science

Pumpkin science

by Judie Haynes

This "Pumpkin Science" lesson gives English language learners a background in how plants grow. It also provides them with practice in estimating and in predicting outcomes.

A pumpkin theme unit can be related to either Fall harvest or Halloween. These lessons are written to follow the TESOL Pre-K-12 ESL Standards: Standard 2, Goal 2.

Lesson topic

How plants grow; experiments with pumpkins

Proficiency/Grade level

Beginning, advanced beginning ESL students grades 2-6

Content Concepts and Skills

Plant growth vocabulary; how pumpkin seeds grow into mature plants; floating and sinking; predicting and estimating.

Vocabulary needed

Soil, seeds, cover, water, sunlight, roots, shoots, ground,sprout, vines, leaves, buds, flowers, green, yellow, orange, pick, seeds, pulp, estimate

Materials or Resources

It's Pumpkin Time by Zoe Hall;
The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll

Instructional Sequence

Descriptors and Progress Indicators

During this unit students worked on the following skills:

Activity Downloads

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PDF filePumpkin Insides (71k .PDF)

PDF filePumpkin Pattern (71k .PDF)

PDF filePumpkin Activity Sheet (29k .PDF)

PDF filePlant-Seed Cycle (25k .PDF)

PDF filePumpkin Worksheet (29k .PDF)

PDF filePumpkin Vocabulary (89k .PDF)

PDF fileHow to Grow a Pumpkin (5k .PDF)

PDF fileParts of the Pumpkin (118k .PDF)

PDF filePumpkin Records (71k .PDF)

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