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The Decayed Pumpkin


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The Decayed Pumpkin

In this "Sid the Science Kid" activity, learners explore the effects of decay by comparing and contrasting something (an old pumpkin) that's decayed with the same thing before it changes (a fresh pumpkin). Use this activity during the Fall and Halloween! This activity includes a "Sid the Science Kid" video showing how to conduct the investigation.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 6

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • Old pumpkin that’s decaying
  • Fresh pumpkin
  • Trays or newspaper to protect the table
  • Knife to cut pumpkins
  • Gloves or sandwich bags to protect hands when touching decayed pumpkin

Subjects


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories


  • Gardening
  • Nature and Environment

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • smell
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, The Jim Henson Company, ©2008

Funding Sources:

  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • Vinci
  • MetLife
  • The RoseHills Foundation
  • S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
  • John W. Carson Foundation
  • The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations

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