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Preschool lesson plans

Classroom Activity Accompanying Books Description Suggested Month
Colorful Plate Spinners Rah Rah Radishes! Students learn to identify new fruits and vegetables. Students associate vegetables and fruits with a positive experience making a fun art project. August
Tomato Exploration Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes  Children gain familiarity with different types of tomatoes and explore how they taste. Children become comfortable with tasting new foods in the supportive, positive environment of their preschool. Children learn that many vegetables come in lots of different varieties that all look and taste different. August
Tomato Salsa Chicks and Salsa Students will learn how to make fresh salsa with local ingredients. August
Melon Exploration
One Watermelon Seed Children learn about different types of melons (cantaloupe, watermelon, and honeydew) grown in WNC, become familiar with tasting new foods, and practice using their senses to explore environments. September
Cucumber Stacks I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato Children learn how to make their own snack and through a hands on cooking experience gain motivation to try a new vegetable. Children learn about kitchen utensils and how to use them to make a specific recipe. September
Cabbage Exploration The Giant Cabbage Children gain confidence in trying new foods and become familiar with a new vegetable. Through a hands-on activity, children explore a new vegetable and taste two varieties of cabbage. October
Pumpkin Exploration How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin Through a creative exploration of pumpkins, students gain a new understanding of this vegetable and all of its diverse uses. Students use a pumpkin seed activity to practice counting. October
Roots and Shoots Up, Down, and Around Teach students about how vegetables grow and guide them in tasting veggies that grow below ground and above ground. November
Sweet Potato Exploration Potato Joe Children use their sense to explore sweet potatoes and gain confidence in trying new vegetables. Students learn to identify a new vegetable. Students associate vegetables and fruits with a dynamic activity and positive experience. November
Apple Exploration Apple Farmer Annie Children use their sense to explore apples and gain confidence in trying new fruits. December
Insects in the Garden Insects are my Life Introduce students to insects and other bugs they will find in the garden, their characteristics, and how they affect plants. Teach students to observe (rather than harm) living things in the garden and natural environment. January
Cooking Play Sip, Slurp, Soup, Caldo, Caldo, Caldo Children learn about a variety of cooking tools including plastic knives, measuring spoons and cups, whisks and mixing spoons. Through a fun, dynamic learning environment children explore how to use the tools successfully. February
Fruit and Veggie Alphabet Border Eating the Alphabet Children gain knowledge and interest in new fruits and vegetables through making an alphabet border for the classroom. Students learn to identify new fruits and vegetables. Students work together to complete a class project. February
What Plants Need The Seed Song Children learn that plants need water just like people and animals need water. They will explore dry and wet soil and be able to describe the difference between them. Children will practice testing soil for dampness using their fingers. Children will be introduced to a rain gauge and its purpose. March
Watering the Garden Water, Weed, and Wait Children learn that plants need water just like people and animals need water. They will explore dry and wet soil and be able to describe the difference between them. Children will practice testing soil for dampness using their fingers. Children will be introduced to a rain gauge and its purpose. April
Garden Color Hunt Planting a Rainbow Students explore the garden and will practice garden rules. They will learn to observe and look closely in the garden by beginning to recognize and appreciate different colors. May
Veggie Crowns Oliver's Vegetables Children gain knowledge and interest in new fruits and vegetables through making vegetable crowns. Students learn to identify new fruits and vegetables. Students associate vegetables and fruits with a positive experience making a fun art project. June
Veggie Castles Scarlette Beane Children become comfortable with tasting new foods in the supportive, positive environment of their preschool. Children learn about and learn to identify different types of local fruits and vegetables. June
Berry Parfaits Blueberries for Sal Children learn about different types of fresh berries and practice their listening skills to follow instructions and make their own individual snack. July
Garden Plot Crackers Bear and Bunny Grow Tomatoes Children learn how to make their own snack and through a hands-on cooking experience gain motivation to try new local vegetables. July

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