Objective: Children will learn the characteristics fruits and vegetables, including size, color, shape, and texture, and that fruits and vegetables can match the colors of a rainbow.‹ Return to Theme
Note: Prior to the start of the lesson, using a pencil, lightly draw (and color, if desired) a rainbow on the butcher paper.
Fruits and vegetables come from a variety of different plants. Fruits grow on trees, bushes, and vines. Vegetables come from different plant parts, such as leaves, stems, and roots. Fruits and vegetables have different characteristics; they can be smooth, bumpy, shiny, dull, long, short, round, fuzzy, soft, or hard. Fruits have seeds, but vegetables do not. Some things that we usually identify as vegetables—such as tomatoes—are actually fruits. The one thing fruits and vegetables have in common is that they are colorful.
Fruits and vegetables give us vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that help keep our bodies healthy and strong. The more fruits and vegetables we eat, the better it is for our health. One way to eat the foods we need to stay healthy is to eat a variety of the many fruits and vegetables that are the colors of the rainbow.
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.