Plant Parts and Pumpkins (Eng/Fr)

by  Royal Botanical Gardens (Canada)

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Most plants start from a seed, but what happens afterwards. We'll review what a plant needs to grow and how a plant grows from a seed. We'll explore in more detail pumpkins, squash and gourds and how a pumpkin plant grows. What do you like to do with pumpkins?

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About This Program


By Request: $150.00

Fee: Regular price: $150
Canadian schools and groups will pay in Canadian dollars (CAD).
American and other international schools and groups will pay in US dollars (USD)
* HST/GST will be added for CDN schools where applicable.
* International (including US) and Indigenous schools are tax exempt.
Invoices are emailed out at the end of the month that the program happens. If you need it sooner, please let the provider know.
Payment: Cheque/ check, credit card or e-transfer


Maximum 45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, Homeschool/Family , Learning Pod After school clubs Public Library: Library Patrons Various clubs such as Guides or Scouts

Minimum participants:

Preferably no less than 5.

Maximum participants:

For optimum interactivity, we suggest no more than 35 students

Primary Disciplines


Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
Google Hang Out
Microsoft Teams

Booking Information

This program works best between Oct 1 and November 10 when I will have real pumpkins, squash and gourds. It can be done other times, but I will only have images of these fruit.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs cancelled due to nature i.e. snow days. The full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 48 hours notice.

About This Provider

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Royal Botanical Gardens (Canada)

Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Royal Botanical Gardens is a living museum which serves local, regional and global communities while developing and promoting public understanding of the relationship between the plant world, humanity and the rest of nature.

Education at Royal Botanical Gardens encourages environmental stewardship by providing meaningful and diverse learning experiences that connect people with the wild and cultivated plant world. 
With over 15 years experience delivering engaging interactive videoconferencing programs, we offer topics that explore biodiversity, conservation, botany, plant ecology and the environment. Whether you are looking for an insect program; a program exploring wetlands, their functions and human impacts or you want to discover more about a delicious chocolate treat; we have a wide variety of plant-based programs to support and enhance your classroom needs or stimulate and entertain older adults. 
No matter where you are, your group can interact with our educators and scientists.

Karin Davidson-Taylor
905-527-1158 x249

Program Details


1. We begin by discussing what a plant needs to survive and how this compares to our needs.
2. We look at a basic plant and identify its parts (leaf, stem, root, flower, seed, fruit)
3. K - Gr1: Participants will learn an action song to review the plant parts
3. Gr 2 - 4: Participants will draw what a plant needs with the presenter; we'll use this page to also include a complete pumpkin plant if time allows.
4. We'll look at a basic pumpkin plant as it grows.
5. We'll explore a variety of pumpkins, squash and gourds to discover the difference.
6. Discover what people do with pumpkins... including you!


The participant will:
- engage in a discussion about what plants need to survive
- explore and identify different plant parts and their functions
- develop an appreciation that different plants inhabit different environments and are able to survive because of external features

Standards Alignment

National Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.1.SL.1b -- Build on others’ talk in conversations by responding to the comments of others through multiple exchanges.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.1.SL.3 -- Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to gather additional information or clarify something that is not understood.
LS1A 3-5 -- Structure and function
LS1A K-2 -- Structure and function
LS1B 3-5 -- Growth and development of organisms
LS1B K-2 -- Growth and development of organismsLife Science: K- 4
The Characteristics of Organisms:
• Organisms have basic needs. Organisms can survive only in environments in which their needs can be met.
• Each plant or animal has different structures that serve different functions in growth, survival and reproduction.

Life Cycles of Organisms:
• Plants have life cycles that include being born, developing into adults, reproducing and eventually dying. The details of this life cycle are different for different organisms.
• Plants (and animals) closely resemble their parents.

State Standards

California: Science Content Standard
Grade 1:
A) students know that different plants and animals inhabit different kinds of environments and have external features that help them thrive in different kinds of places.
B) Students know both plants and animals need water, animals need food, and plants need light
E) Students know that roots are associated with the intake of water and soil nutrients and green leaves are associated with making food from sunlight

Indiana Content Standards: The Living Environment
Kindergarten: Students ask questions about a variety of living things and everyday events that can be answered through shared observations.
Diversity of Life:
• Give examples of plants (and animals).
• Observe plants and animals, describing how they are alike and how they are different in the way they look and in the things they do.

Grade 1: (as above). They become aware of plant and animal interactions. They consider things and processes that plants (and animals) need to stay alive.
Diversity of Life:
• Observe and describe that there can be differences, such as size or markings, among the individuals within one kind of plant (or animal group).
Interdependence of Life:
• Explain that most living things need water, food and air.

Grade 2: (as above). They begin to understand plant and animal interactions.
Diversity of Life:
• Observe and identify different external features of plants and animals and describe how these features help them live in different environments.
Interdependence of Life:
• Observe and explain that plants and animals need water, animals need to take in food and plants need light.