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Food and Farm lesson plans

Classroom Activity Accompanying Books Description Suggested Month
Introducing Vegetables 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. August
Tomato Exploration 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. August
Cucumber Exploration 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. September
Cabbage Exploration
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. October
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. October
Potato Exploration Two Old Potatoes and Me Introduce students to potatoes and how they grow. November
Thanksgiving for Farmers The Gardener Introduce letter writing, specifically thank you letters, and guide students in writing thank you letters to farmers in your county or region. November
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. December
My Plate 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. January
Farm Animals My Farm Friends, Our Animal Friends Introduce students to different farm animals and what food and materials they can provide us and our community. February
Lettuce Exploration 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. March

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