Students learn about the small fraction of the planet available for growing food and ways this precious area can be protected. This two-part lesson is an excellent way to introduce students to the importance of preserving soil and soil’s role in feeding 7+ billion people.
While pumpkins are called vegetables, they are actually fruits. Technically, a fruit is the edible fleshy part of the plant that surrounds the seeds. In this activity students investigate the insides of these fruits, what the cavities look like, how seeds are attached at the ribs, and the number of seeds in pumpkins of different sizes.
Pumpkins are a great manipulative for math and science exploration. These activities are ideal to follow up field trips and make the most of the natural connections between pumpkins and math and science.
When Oregon farmers grow crops and livestock they do more than just produce food. Many other things happen as a result of agriculture. That's called a "ripple effect." Agriculture creates food that must be transported, processed and sold. Many things are necessary to produce the food you eat.