Objective: Children will explore the parts of a pumpkin and understand that pumpkins are edible.
Note: Do this lesson after you do the lesson, The Pumpkin and Its Parts, available on this website.
This recipe has a number of steps, but it is a wonderful way for children to see the original source of pumpkin puree (not from a can!).
There are many different types of pumpkins, and they can be orange, green, yellow, or white in color. Pumpkins are actually a type of winter squash. Winter squash is different from summer squash because of its thick, hard skin. Winter squash can also be stored for use throughout the winter; summer squash does not keep well. Most parts of the pumpkin are edible, including the fleshy shell, stem, seeds, and even the flowers! Pumpkins are very good for you; they are low in calories but high in protein, many vitamins, and nutrients.
Once it is ripe, a pumpkin can be boiled, baked, steamed, or roasted. In the United States, we use pumpkins to make things like pies, breads, and muffins. As a traditional part of the autumn harvest, pumpkins are typically mashed and made into pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup, and puree. Many cultures around the world also eat different parts of the pumpkin.
These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.
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There are currently no Common Core Standards for pre-k, but these lessons are aligned as closely as possible to capture the requirements and meet the goals of Common Core Standards. However, these lessons were neither reviewed or approved by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices or the Council of Chief State School Officers, which together are the owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards.