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Pumpkins have boy flowers and girl flowers.  There’s a picture of them below so you can tell the difference.  The girl flowers are the ones that turn into pumpkins, but only if the bees pollinate it first.  

In this Solo podcast, Alfonso takes you to a pumpkin patch in Hanover County in the Piedmont region.  Learn about the life cycle of a pumpkin; find out about farm animals and transportation, and meet junior Trekker Jordan. Come on, let’s go trekkin’!

SOL Correlation:

K.6 The student will investigate and understand basic needs and life processes of plants and animals

  1. a)living things change as they grow, and they need food, water, and air to survive;

  2. b)plants and animals live and die (go through a life cycle); and


1.4 The student will investigate and understand that plants have life needs and functional parts and can be classified according to certain characteristics.  Key concepts include 

  1. a)needs (food, air, water, light, and a place to grow);

  2. b)parts (seeds, roots, stems, leaves, blossoms, fruits); and

  3. c)characteristics (edible/nonedible, flowering/nonflowering, evergreen/ deciduous).


2.4 The student will investigate and understand that plants and animals undergo a series of orderly changes in their life cycles.  Key concepts include

b) flowering plants undergo many changes, from the formation of the flower to the development of the fruit


3.8b The student will investigate and understand basic patterns and cycles occurring in nature.  Key concepts include

  1. d)animal and plant life cycles.


3.10 The student will investigate and understand that natural events and human influences can affect the survival of species.  Key concepts include

a) the interdependency of plants and animals;  (bees & pumpkins)


4.4 The student will investigate and understand basic plant anatomy and life processes.  Key concepts include

  1. a)the structures of typical plants (leaves, stems, roots, and flowers);

  2. b)processes and structures involved with reproduction (pollination, stamen, pistil, sepal, embryo, spore, and seed);

Boy flower is on the left and girl flower is on the right.  Photo Credits