I just got back from teaching 50, first graders about fruits and vegetables. Here is what we did:
- Read the story, “Gregory the Terrible Eater”
- This is an adorable story about a goat that would not eat anything but fruits, vegetables, bread, and butter. This disappointed his parents terribly, as they wished he would eat tires, shoelaces, tin cans, and cardboard. Everytime I said a food that was good or delicious, they would pat their tummies and say, “Yum, yum”. When I would mention a “food” that was not good, like boots, and coats, they would stick their finger in their mouth and give me a disgusting look.
- I brought a bowl of all the things that Gregory ate, and pretended to eat it.
- Discussion about the book: What foods could Gregory eat if he wants to be healthy? When Gregory enjoyed all foods, why did he get sick? Who wants to taste some shoelaces and a tin can? Will those make us strong? Use hand weights and one helper. Did anyone have any fruit or vegetables yet today? When we eat fruits and vegetables, we are strong!! When we eat food without vitamins and minerals, we are weak!!
- Game: For the game, I made a big dice with all the colors on the sides. We talked about how all fruits and vegetables come in all the colors of the rainbow.
The kids would roll the dice and think of a fruit or vegetable that was that color. Then I would tell them what was good about the fruit or vegetable, such as “Spinach makes our brains work better, so we can be smart!” Then we would sing for every single food item: (to the tune of “Are you sleeping?”, from www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org)
We love (oranges). We love (oranges)
They’re so sweet. They’re so sweet.
(Oranges) are delicious, and they’re so nutritious
Yum, yum, yum. Yum, yum, yum.
- Then we talked about different ways to get fruits and veggies:
- Fresh, dried, canned, frozen, and as juice
- Then we took a survey, they could only vote once. How many like fresh the best, frozen, etc. Decided which way most of the 1st graders liked to eat fruits and veggies.
- Then we pulled out food cut out of a newspaper and put them in Breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack, and talked about how we could add fruits and vegetables to each meal in order to get 5 in the day.
- Then, in conclusion, I handed out a page from this (page 21, the word search about fruits and veggies)
- We had a blast!!!
So, there you have it. If you are looking for some fruits and veggie presentation ideas, lesson plans, health curriculum, these are a few ideas for you! This was 1st grade, but pre-k through 3rd I think would be appropriate.