Thursday: Produce

May 14, 2015   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Thursday: Produce

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish. Lily put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather, discussed the pattern and found the day of the week in Spanish.  Lily read all her sight words on her own and read the numbers in random order from 1-20.  We then reviewed all our Spanish and Sign Language words.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what the kids learned about flowers.  Today the children learned what Produce was since they didn’t know this term.  Discussed:  What food do you eat that comes from a garden?  Fun facts:  Produce is a generalized term for a group of farm-produced crops and goods including fruits and vegetables.  You can get produce at the grocery store, a farmers market or grow your own. Fruits are considered produce:  Strawberries, blueberries, cherries, apples, peaches plums…..Vegetables:  Asparagus, avocado, corn, potatoes, onions, lettuce…..*Tomatoes are a fruit not a vegetable  Tomatoes are the most popular fruits in the world. Dark green vegetables include more vitamin C than light green colored vegetables. It is recommended that you eat five servings  of fruit or vegetables a day. A serving equals one-half a cup.

Social Studies: Discussed:  Where do you find produce?  Some produce is sold in stores, roadside stands or farmer’s markets.  Invited the children to hunt for nature items such as flowers, sticks, berries, branches or other objects in the outdoor play area.  We then set up a nature market and pretended to buy and sell the items.  We used leaves or rocks for money.  Which items cost the most or the least?

Creative Development: Discussed:  What fruit or vegetables would you like to grow in a garden?  Invited the children to look through magazines or newspaper ads to find fruits and vegetables they like.  The children then drew circles, ovals, or other shapes to represent the fruits or vegetables that they would like to make.  

Social and Emotional Development: Discussed:  Who else might like to eat food from a garden?  We scattered the produce photos around the room and put the Rabbit Counters on and near the photos.  We then pretended the rabbits are invading the garden.  Encouraged the children to take turns running to the produce and catching a rabbit.  Each child brings one rabbit at a time back to the rabbit holes(cups), then tagged another child to take their turn.  Continued running back and forth until the leader says, “Stop”.  Paused to count all the rabbits caught and in the cup.

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed:   What types of produce do you eat at home?  Invited the children to explore the Pattern Cards and name the produce that they see.  Do they eat any of these?  Set out the Pattern Guide and invited the children to recite the pattern with me.  Encouraged the children to extend the pattern using the next card.  The children took turns extending the pattern with the produce photos.  We then created a new pattern with the cards.

Show and Tell:  The children brought in nature items.  They came up one at a time to show their items and discuss where they came from and other facts about them. We used them for afternoon centers.

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Invited the children to paint the egg carton brown.  The children then cut out different fruits and vegetables from colored paper then attached each to a craft stick.  We poked a hole in each section of the egg carton then invited the children to “plant” their produce.  Center 2-  The children used their nature items to make a collage.

Comments are closed.