Objective: Children will investigate different fruits and learn that some fruits, including oranges, come from trees; then, they will make orange juice.
NOTE: Download Fruit Pictures before getting started
Note: Before the start of the lesson, place a colored dot on each of the fruit pictures – red for fruits that grow on trees, green for fruits that grow on vines, and yellow for fruits that grow on bushes.
Fruits grow from different types of plants. Some fruits, such as bananas, cherries, and apples, grow on trees. Other fruits, such as strawberries, grapes, and watermelons, grow on vines. Fruits like blueberries and raspberries grow on bushes. All fruits contain seeds. Most seeds are on the inside of the plant, but the seeds on strawberries are on the outside of the fruit.
There are several different types of oranges. Orange juice is made from the sweet orange. Orange juice is made by squeezing fresh oranges and extracting the juice. Widely known for its health benefits, orange juice contains a high amount of vitamin C per serving and also contains several other healthy minerals.
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.