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First Grade Pumpkin Investigations

By Ms. Damron

First graders at Desert View Academy are spending their current unit learning about different life cycles. So far, they have learned about the life cycles of apples, frogs, sunflowers, and how animals grow from babies. This week, first graders had the opportunity to learn about how pumpkins grow from seed, to vine, to fruit! Mrs. Culpepper with the University of Arizona Yuma County Cooperative Extension made visits to all six classrooms to read a story and complete a life cycle activity.

On Thursday, the six first grade classrooms got to participate in pumpkin investigations. With donations from families and help from parents and teachers, students took time to explore the inside and outside of a pumpkin, count the seeds and ribs, measure the circumference and weight, and even carve their own jack-o-lanterns! Arizona first grade life science standards include learning about the life cycles of plants and animals.