Friday, November 5, 2010

Rooty Tooty Fresh and Fruity Fun

November is Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is food and we are having fun with food in the MWF classes. We started off talking about healthy foods and junk foods. We gave each child a scissors and a grocery ad and the children cut out food and glued on the 'HEALTHY' or 'JUNK' chart. The children were very enthusiastic about this activity. They spread out on the floor around the room and it was just fun! So fun we ran out of grocery ads so I had to do a shout out for more.

I have 3 x 5 cards with fruits and vegetables. The card has an illustration and the name of the fruit or vegetable. I showed the children a card and we identified as a fruit or vegetable. We talked about where it grew (tree, bush, vine, under the ground, etc.)

We gave the children the grocery ads, spread out all over the room and more cutting and gluing. We made fruit salad for snack which was super yummy and overall enjoyed by all the students. We had peaches, pears, pineapple chunks, mandarin oranges, maraschino cherries, blueberries and strawberries. I'll admit it was good!

We recorded if we liked or didn't like the fruit salad. When we record results we use a lot of math vocabulary-more, less, greater, least, etc. We look at the chart and estimate which has more and count. The children are also asked to 'write' the number on the carpet or in the air.

We also read the 'Seven Silly Eaters' by Mary Ann Hoberman and illustrated by Marla Frazee. This was a favorite with my youngest who was a 'silly eater'. Bread and ketchup was his favorite. I know...seriously it was his favorite. Thank goodness children do grow out of food phases. Anyway, Mrs. Peters has seven silly eaters and deserves sainthood for cooking special foods for all of them until a wonderful mishap occurs in the kitchen. The rhyming text and detailed illustrations make it a great addition to your home library or check it out at the library. I did a quick search on YouTube and didn't come up with anything worth viewing. We also wrote about if the children were silly eaters what would they eat.

Want to do more??? At the grocery store (if you have time), spend a little time in the produce section and look at all the fruits and vegetables. Try a new fruit or vegetable. Make fruit salad at home. We had the children help cut the larger pieces of fruit into bite size pieces. Make fruit kabobs. Have some rooty tooty fresh and fruity fun with your child.

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