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By Cara Bafile

 

Grade Level: 3-6

Story Preview: On their way to grab a snack in a supermarket, siblings Fred and Virginia encounter some talkative produce that persuades them to choose fresh, healthy alternatives to chips and cookies.

Roles: Mom, Narrator, Fred, Virginia, Salad Mix, Star Fruit, Banana, Potato, Celery, Onion, Green Beans, Broccoli, Apple, Carrot, Blueberries, Lemon, Grapes, Strawberries, Hot Pepper, Tomato

Setting: present day, supermarket

Theme: nutrition


Additional Resources

Eating a variety of "colors" of fruits and vegetables daily contributes to keeping the body in terrific shape. This is just one of the messages your students will learn through the coloring pages, scavenger hunt, and more from Fruits and Veggies: More Matters.

Vocabulary:
  • carambola: star fruit
  • pealing: uttering loudly
  • pungent: having a strong smell or flavor
  • antioxidants: compounds found in some foods that help the body protect cells
  • squabbling: noisy, petty quarreling (fighting)

Props: None required

Follow-Up Questions:

  • What is the most popular fruit in the United States?
  • What mineral does the potato provide?
  • How can you tell that the carrot contains Vitamin A?
  • How many grapes are considered a serving?
  • How many tiny seeds are in every strawberry?
  • What fruit doesn't speak but is chosen by Virginia?
  • What snack does Fred select?
  • What produce item in this tale can be considered both a fruit and a vegetable?
  • What puts a stop to the argument between the fruits and vegetables?

Follow-Up Activity:
The Dole 5 A Day Web site features cartoon versions of fruits and vegetables -- like Bobby Banana, Sam Celery, and Terry Tomato. Using this site for inspiration, have students create a character for some fruit or vegetable and design a poster that includes several facts about the item selected and how it benefits the body.

Additional Notes: Check out Fruits and Veggies Matter from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for additional information about the nutritional value of produce, how much of each the body needs, and how to get it.

Click here for a printable script.

Article by Cara Bafile
Education World®
Copyright © 2008 Education World

03/11/2008

 

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