Pumpkin Science {Physical Science Investigation}

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This resource is an engaging and effective way to integrate a fun fall twist into your Science curriculum. I created this resource to use in my 4th Grade classroom during our Physical Science Unit. We used pumpkins to discover, study, and discuss physical properties of matter. We then continued our study into physical vs. chemical changes. This investigation can last between 1-10 days (or more), depending on how you structure the activities. 

We used small pumpkins to investigate the physical properties of the pumpkin. Students worked in groups of 2-4 to investigate size, mass, color, shape, texture, hardness, and density of the pumpkin. 

We used a large class pumpkin to investigate physical vs. chemical changes. We also used the large pumpkin to discuss the physical properties of the inside of the pumpkin, such as smell.

What is included?
*The Physical Properties of Matter {Notebook Chart}
*Physical Properties of a Pumpkin {Notebook Recording Chart}
*Physical vs. Chemical Changes {Notebook Chart}
*Physical vs. Chemical Changes {Notebook Recording Chart}
*See Think Wonder {Notebook Recording Page}
*Rotting Pumpkin Observation Pages

Please see the preview for photos of how this might look in the classroom.


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Key Words:
Science, Physical Science, Pumpkin Science, Physical Properties, Physical Changes, Chemical Changes, Rotting Pumpkin, Observations