Vegetable Exploration lesson plans
||Eating the Alphabet, An Edible Alphabet
||Children see whole vegetables and learn to identify which parts of vegetables we eat. They see and explore various vegetables, then make a vegetable crown to wear to the cafeteria. Choose two vegetables to taste and eat for snack.
||I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato
||Children explore tomatoes, learn about the different types of tomatoes , and taste several varieties (from heirloom to sun gold cherries). They make a fun "tomato" craft and create a journal page about tomatoes.
||The Pickle Patch Bathtub
||Students taste cucumbers and explore them through close observation with a magnifying glass. They learn cucumber facts and information about vegetables that grow on a vine. They create a journal page capturing their thoughts about cucumbers.
|The Giant Cabbage
||Introduce students to cabbage and guide them in closely observing characteristics of different of several cabbage varieties. The lesson wraps up with a cabbage tasting.
|Pumpkins in the Fall
|How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?
||Introduce students to pumpkins and how they grow. Use a pumpkin seed activity to practice sorting and counting in 2s, 5s, and 10s.
||Two Old Potatoes and Me
||Introduce students to potatoes and how they grow.
|Giving Thanks for Food and Farms
||Introduce letter writing, specifically thank you letters, and guide students in writing thank you letters to farmers in your county or region.
|All About Apples
||Apple Picking Time, Applesauce Season
||Introduce students to the systems farmers use to sell the vegetables and fruits (apples!) they grow. Set up a “farmers market” in the classroom where students will sort, sell, and buy apples.
||To Market, To Market
||Students will learn that foods are divided into food groups and that a well-balanced diet includes a variety of foods. They will be able to identify healthy foods and will be empowered to make good food choices.
||My Farm Friends, Our Animal Friends
||Introduce students to different farm animals and what food and materials they can provide us and our community.
||And the Good Brown Earth
||Guide students in using scientific inquiry to observe and learn about several varieties of a vegetable. Create a line plot to record the results of a class tasting and interpret the data collected on the line plot.
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