Objective: Children will explore fruits and vegetables, sort and classify them, and compare seeds.
Note: Before beginning this activity, have the children wash their hands.
Scientifically, a fruit is the ripened part of a flowering plant that contains the seeds. Plants develop fruit to help them spread seeds and multiply. When we think about fruits, we usually mean apples, peaches, watermelons, and so forth. However, there are many fruits—such as tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and pumpkins—that are often identified as vegetables but are technically fruits.
A vegetable is a part of a plant that is edible. Vegetables are the leafy, stem, or root part of a plant that we eat. Vegetables include leaves, stalks, flowers, fruit, seeds, roots, and bulbs. All fruits and vegetables come from plants.
These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.
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There are currently no Common Core Standards for pre-k, but these lessons are aligned as closely as possible to capture the requirements and meet the goals of Common Core Standards. However, these lessons were neither reviewed or approved by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices or the Council of Chief State School Officers, which together are the owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards.