Language Based Science Lesson For Pumpkins

Fall is the perfect time to integrate science and language skills into one lesson. Build on background knowledge with this pumpkin compare and contrast lesson. All you need is an orange pumpkin, a white pumpkin.... no prep!!

Fall is the perfect time to integrate science and language skills into one lesson. Build on background knowledge with this pumpkin compare and contrast lesson. All you need is an orange pumpkin, a white pumpkin.... no prep!!

To begin, we talked about how a white pumpkin and an orange pumpkin are similar and different. Some of my students needed visuals to choose from. We used visuals for colors, bumpy, smooth, stem, pumpkin, etc. With the visuals, students were able to say that the pumpkins were different colors, but both had stems.

Next, we worked on making predictions about what we would find inside. Everyone in my class had carved a pumpkin before so we talked about that first to activate background knowledge. Then, we began making our predictions. We were split... half of the group thought the white pumpkin would look just like the orange pumpkin inside while the other half of the group thought they would look different inside. To reduce wait time, we made the predictions while I was cutting through the pumpkins. Leave the tops on until everyone has made a prediction!

To build the suspense and language opportunities, we took off the orange pumpkin top first. We talked about what saw. Here are some examples of our observations:

"There were a lot of seeds attached to the top."

"The pulp feels slimy."

"The orange inside the pumpkin is different than the orange skin on the outside of the pumpkin."

Fall is the perfect time to integrate science and language skills into one lesson. Build on background knowledge with this pumpkin compare and contrast lesson. All you need is an orange pumpkin, a white pumpkin.... no prep!!


Next, we opened the white pumpkin. First, we noticed what it the white pumpkin looked like inside. Then, we came up with sentences about how the insides of the pumpkins were the same and different. 

"There aren't any seeds attached to the top of the pumpkins."

"The seeds in the orange pumpkin are bigger than the ones in the white pumpkin."

"The pumpkins are different colors on the inside."

Fall is the perfect time to integrate science and language skills into one lesson. Build on background knowledge with this pumpkin compare and contrast lesson. All you need is an orange pumpkin, a white pumpkin.... no prep!!


So much language!! Don't let it end there, though. Build in literacy by having students draw about the differences in their journal or make a chart listing how the pumpkins were the same and different. Another option is to complete a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the pumpkins. So many skills can be targeted with this NO PREP science lesson.

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Fall is the perfect time to integrate science and language skills into one lesson. Build on background knowledge with this pumpkin compare and contrast lesson. All you need is an orange pumpkin, a white pumpkin.... no prep!!




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