Lesson Plan Title : Life Cycle of a Pumpkin
Age Range: Grade 6 through grade 8 (Middle School)
Overview and Purpose: In this lesson students study a pumpkin's life cycle from seedling to full grown pumpkin. A classroom mural helps students visualize the process.
Objective: The student will be able to
*describe the life cycle of a pumpkin.
*work with a group to create a mural that shows the life cycle of a pumpkin.
Long piece of bulletin board paper
Internet access for each group of students
Talk with students about the life cycle of a pumpkin. Have the students work in small groups to research the information on the internet, list in their science journals the different stages of growth, and draw a small picture showing each stage next to the description. After everyone is finished, assign each group a different stage. Have them create a section of the mural that shows that stage. Encourage students to be creative and include people, animals, and other plants in their picture.
You may want to encourage students to make their mural 3D. Have them make pumpkins out of paper bags or Papier-mache and vines out of crepe paper or twine and construction paper.