Have you seen the Pinterest project where you grow pumpkin plants inside a pumpkin shell? I thought it looked like fun, but some of the teachers at my school said the pumpkin would rot before the seeds could grow.
Hmm…that made the science teacher in me very curious. And I wanted to share my curiosity with my students. So I created a library center!
Here’s what it looked like.
I cut the top from a pumpkin, scooped out most of the inside, filled the hollow part with potting soil and a few pumpkin seeds near the top of the soil. I watered it. I put plant books out on the table, with markers and a prompt on the butcher paper.
The prompt says, “I predict the pumpkin will sprout first because…” on one side, and “I predict the pumpkin will rot first because…” on the other side. We are working on sentence stems with our students, and this is one of the stems to provide evidence for a prediction. I drew bubbles for the student responses.
And here are a few of the responses I got.
Gotta love a little pumpkin science! Tell me, what does YOUR library grow?