Have you ever wondered about the seeds in a pumpkin? As you know, I am a runner, and random thoughts like that cross my mind often as I pound along for 10-20 miles. I decided to take that question and turn it into a great science project for our class. I asked them to find out if the circumference of a pumpkin determined the number of seeds. Circumference is not a 2nd grade skill, (its 3rd grade) but I decided to push these amazingly smart students into a higher level of learning. As you will see in the pics below, a great time of learning was had by all.
The set up at each group.
Introducing the tape measure.
Teaching about circumference.
Observing the inside to make a prediction of how many seeds are inside.
Cleaning out the guts!!!
Counting the seeds.
Discussing the results of the experiment.
Of course, we had to try on the pumpkin slime!