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PK - 12
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  • Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden by George Levenson
  • pumpkin seeds
  • potting soil
  • spade
  • water
  • 2 small planting pots
  • marker
  • chart paper


Students will "recognize that animals (including humans) and plants are living things that grow, reproduce, and need food, air, and water." --Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework

Resource Instructions

As a group, plant the seeds in the pots. Have students predict what will happen to the individual seeds if one seed is watered and the other is not. Record the predictions on the chart paper.

Water one of the seeds, making sure to label it as having been watered. Label the other one as not having been watered. During the next few weeks, have students observe what happens with the two seeds. (Be certain to continue to water the one plant.) Meet as a group to review the predictions on the chart paper, and how they relate to what actually happened with the seeds.


Students can try planting individual pumpkin seeds, placing one in the dark and one in the light. Use recycled lunchtime milk cartons for planters. Use a shoebox to shield one of the plants from light.

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