The girls have been so excited about their pumpkins that they brought to school. We have been using the pumpkins to explore everyday math and science concepts. We measured height, weight and length of our pumpkins and used them to introduce estimating and how to form a hypothesis. The girls learned that making an estimate or forming a hypothesis is the way mathematicians and scientists make a guess about a possible outcome to a problem or question. They loved guessing how much their pumpkin might weigh, counting the lines on their pumpkin, measuring with string around their pumpkin and most of all, watching to see if would their pumpkin 'sink or float' when they dropped it in a tub of water.
What makes a pumpkin float?
The water holds the big part on the bottom up
The pumpkin has seeds, pumpkin goop and air inside of it. The pumpkin floats because it has air in it like a balloon! -Emilia
Where do pumpkins come from?
The pumpkin feels slimy, soft, gooey, yucky and it's juicy!
-observations by the girls