Pumpkin Biology Tour
Bring life science class to the pumpkin patch for the Pumpkin Biology Tour.
Twenty minute hands-on Pumpkin Discovery lesson.
Hayride to the pumpkin patch
Everyone picks a small pumpkin
Kid's Play Area (K-1st) or Agrimaze
Dates: October 1-26, 2013
Ages: Kindergarten - 2nd Grade
Time: One hour guided tour + play/maze time
Cost: $4.00/child and adult*
*one teacher is free for every fifteen students. All other adults/siblings are $4.00.
A minimum of 15 paying individuals or $60 is required to schedule a tour.
Key Educational Concepts Covered:
Pollination and honey bees
Seeds, planting, air/light/water
History of pumpkins
Differences between different types of squash and pumpkins
How the weather can affect farming.
Pests that you might find in the pumpkin patch.
Indiana Academic Standards: Science: K.4.1, 1.4.1, 1.4.2, 2.4.1, 2.4.3; Social Studies: K.3.5, 1.3.6
Additional curriculum resources are available below for before and after your tour.
Additional Elementary Tours:
Additional Curriculum Resources
The Pumpkin Patch: An Integrated Thematic Unit
The Great Pumpkin Story: An activity for younger students to help reinforce the pumpkin's life cycle.
How Pumpkins Grow
Pumpkin Ag Mag
Pumpkins by Ken Robbins
Pumpkin Circle by George Levenson
Pumpkins by Jacqueline Farmer
How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin by Margaret McNamara
From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer
The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons
Many of these lesson plans and activities were developed by Ag in the Classroom or Farm Bureau organizations across the country. You can find more Ag in the Classroom resources on their national website.