Pumpkins

A Webquest for Grade 2, WebQuest Agricultural Series
by Missouri Farm Bureau and Missouri State University


INTRODUCTION
Fall has come and it is time to pick out the best pumpkin from the patch. How does a pumpkin grow? How large can a pumpkin get?


OVERALL TASK
Your task is to learn about  the life cycle of a pumpkin. You will also need to learn about the different sizes and shapes of pumpkins and the many uses of a pumpkin.


PROCESS
Step 1: Click on life cycles to see the different stages a pumpkin goes through. Create a pumpkin booklet with a picture and description of each stage of the pumpkin's life cycle (use one page per each stage). 

Step 2.  Pumpkins come in various shapes and sizes.   With a partner, measure the weight, height and circumference of the pumpkins provided by the teacher.  Also estimate (guess) the number of seeds you think are in each pumpkin.  Write your answers on the Pumpkin Chart form. 

Step 3.  Now choose one of the categories (weight, height, circumference or number of seeds) you and your partner measured and create a bar graph showing the information you collected.


CONCLUSION
You now know how pumpkins grow and that they come in all different shapes and sizes!  Pumpkins can also be used for a lot of different foods.  Challenge yourself to explore the different recipes (http://www.easy-kids-recipes.com/halloween-recipes.html) that can be used with pumpkins.  Oh - and don't forget to roast and eat the seeds as well!


EVALUATION
Rubric for Pumpkin Life Cycle Book and Pumpkin Chart and Graph Projects

Competency 

10 pts.

8 pts.

6 pts.

0 pts.

Pumpkin life cycle book Draws and describes all the life cycle stages Draws and describes most of the life cycle stages Draws and describes a few of the life cycle stages No attempt
Pumpkin chart and graph Graph has no errors Graph has one-two errors Graph has three-four errors Graph has five or more errors

 

PUMPKINS TEACHER'S PAGE


CREDITS
Photo is from the Agricultural Research Service, the research agency of the United States Department of Agriculture. The image is in the public domain.

This WebQuest was created by teachers participating in Missouri's Agriculture in the Classroom program at Missouri State University through a USDA grant.  The template on this site was adapted from a template from The WebQuest Page and the original was designed by Dr. Lyndon Irwin.  Assistance for this project was provided by Mrs. Barbara Irwin, M.S. and Mrs. Diane Olson, M.S.

Teachers are encouraged to adapt this lesson for classroom use only.  No part of this publication may be transmitted, stored, recorded or published in any form without written permission from Missouri Farm Bureau. This page was developed by Traci Cliffman, reviewed by Lyndon and the late Barbara Irwin and is maintained by Missouri Farm Bureau. 
Please address questions to Diane Olson at Missouri Farm Bureau.