Lesson Plan:

Plant Life Cycle: Pumpkins!

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September 26, 2015
by Sharon Schellenberg

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to describe how a seed grows into a plant.


Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Gather your students where they can see you.
  • Show students the cover of The Tiny Seed.
  • Invite your students to recall or guess what the story may be about.
  • Tell your students to pay special attention to how the seed grows into a plant.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Read the story while pausing to note what happens to the tiny seed during each stage of its journey.
  • After reading the story, summarize the growing stages of the tiny seed.
  • Explain that many plants begin and end in similar ways.
  • Explain that a cycle is something that repeats over and over again.
  • Explain that a life cycle of a plant is when something begins with a seed, grows into a plant and then makes more seeds.
  • Load the How Pumpkins Grow video, or print and use the pdf version to display to your class.
  • If time allows, you may want to show the video Peep and the Big Wide World: Peep Plants a Seed.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Hand out the Pumpkin Life Cycle worksheet.
  • Tell your students to sit in a circle with the worksheet on the floor in front of them.
  • Tell your students that they will be cutting out the pictures and gluing them in the correct order on the worksheet.
  • Go around the circle of students to give every student a chance to describe a picture and where it will fall in the pumpkin life cycle.
  • Continue this practice by telling your students to point out the pictures from first through last in the cycle.

Independent Working Time (10 minutes)

  • Instruct your students to cut the pictures out and glue them in the correct places.
  • Tell your students to lay out all of the pictures first before gluing!
  • Dismiss your students to work in their table spots.
  • Go to each student as they finish and ask them to describe the parts of the cycle on their worksheet.



  • Enrichment: Advanced students who finish early may continue with the Plant Life Cycle worksheet included in this plan.
  • Support: Some students may need extra time to complete the assignment. Some students may need visual and verbal clues to help them finish the worksheet.


Assessment (5 minutes)

  • During Guided practice: Look for students who are pointing at the correct picture on the worksheet.
  • During Independent practice: Your students should be able describe the pictures in the life cycle of a pumpkin.

Review and Closing (5 minutes)

  • Ask your students to describe what happens to a seed.
  • Ask your students to name what needs to happen for a seed to grow.
  • Invite your students to name one thing they learned in today’s lesson.
  • If time allows load and watch the song That’s How A Pumpkin Grows.
  • Compliment your students on their hard work!

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