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Elementary Teacher Resources: Long-Term Investigation with Pumpkins
October 04, 2010

Long Term Investigation

I’ve really been groovin’ on these long-term investigations and came up with a dewsy this time.

We are going to compare “cut” and “uncut” pumpkins over time.

Basically, we are going to watch stuff rot.

It’s awesome!

So, here’s what I’m doing.

We started out reading Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden.

It’s a terrific book all about pumpkins, rotting pumpkins, pumpkin seeds growing into plants and more.

Then, I picked up two pumpkins, two clear containers and some duct tape at the home improvement store.

We left one pumpkin intact.

We cut the top off of the other one and cut a triangle out (like a Jack-o-lantern… except I don’t know how to do it, so we got 1 triangle).

We put both into their own containers and taped the dickens out of the lid to contain the potential stink.

Then, we filled out our “Pumpkin Long Term Investigation” booklet.

I hope that this project can make it to day 20.

If not, at least it will be interesting!

This is fun, easy and really engaging for the kids.

I hope you enjoy!

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