Fourth-Graders Conduct Pumpkin Experiments

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Helping to reinforce several of the science concepts on the New York State Science Test, fourth-graders in Karen Dennis’ class at St. James Elementary held a day of pumpkin experiments on Oct. 24.

With the help of an adult volunteer, students conducted difference science experiments while also having fun. The activities included predicting and determining the weight of a pumpkin, measuring the circumference of the pumpkin, predicting and counting the number of seeds, predicting and measuring the volume of the pumpkin, and finding the mass of the pumpkin seeds.

Students were tasked with using their math skills to find the difference in weights and masses and also sorting and counting all the seeds in their pumpkins. Afterward, the fourth-graders had a chance to carve their pumpkins in jack-o-lanterns.