We had quite an experience with our pumpkins. First, we measured the height of the pumpkins from the floor to the top of the stem. We also weighed them with a scale. We made conjectures about the pumpkins based on their appearance. For instance, we reasoned that the bigger pumpkins would have more seeds inside (incorrect) and generally weigh more (correct) as compared to the smaller pumpkins. We also reasoned that the white pumpkins may have lighter colored interior flesh as opposed to the dark orange pumpkins. This was also correct. White pumpkins have grapefruit colored flesh inside and an almost cantaloupe smell to them. Finally, we cut the pumpkins open and counted their seeds.

After we recorded all of our findings on a chart, we turned the pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns and put them outside. We would have toasted the seeds but that idea went by the wayside. Too much excitement going on.

Weighing Pumpkins

Weighing Pumpkins

Counting Seeds, Hundreds of Seeds

Counting Seeds, Hundreds of Seeds

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