Watermelon Facts: Lesson for Kids

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  • 0:03 What is a Watermelon?
  • 1:28 All Those Seeds
  • 1:56 Watermelon Pickles
  • 2:14 Where Does It Grow?
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Instructor: Diane Sieverson

Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.

Come learn about the watermelon! You probably already know something about this fruit, but there is more to learn. This lesson will teach you about watermelons, where they grow and some cool facts about them.

What Is a Watermelon?

You are on a picnic and it's a hot, sunny day. You are ready to cool off with the bright red treat waiting for you! It's sweet and juicy, but watch out for those hard, black seeds! As you bite into the delicious slice, the cool juice runs down your chin and onto your shirt. This is what summer tastes like. This is a watermelon!

Sliced Red Watermelon
Sliced Red Watermelon

A watermelon is a large, oval fruit with green skin; sweet, juicy pulp; and seeds. Although red watermelons are the most common ones we see, they come in other colors, too, like orange, yellow and white. Watermelons are 92% water and related to cucumbers, squash and pumpkins.

Different colored watermelons taste a little different from each other because of the substances that give them their colors, but they are all sweet. For example, the substance that gives red watermelons their color (lycopene) is the same thing that gives red tomatoes their color, and the substance that gives carrots their orange color (beta-carotene) is the same thing that gives orange watermelons their color!

Yellow Watermelon
Yellow Watermelon

Some people consider watermelons a vegetable instead of a fruit, and it has some qualities of a vegetable, but we mostly use it and think of it as a fruit in the United States.

All Those Seeds

Many kinds of watermelons have hard, black seeds that you usually spit out. You may have even had a watermelon seed spitting contest with your friends to see whose seed could fly the farthest!

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