Lesson Plan Healthy Eating - Learning about Fruits and Vegetables
Learn to identify different fruits and vegetables Learn facts about fruits and vegetables by arranging them into different groups based on their
characteristics Learn that fruits can be mixed together to make tasty smoothies and vegetables to make lovely
soups, and also children to use their creativity to make their own
Resources: All Available for free from www.bigplaystudios.com/smoothielesson
Interactive whiteboard lesson which includes 4 activities: IWB A1 -- Name the fruits and vegetables IWB A2 -- Sort the fruits and vegetables into groups IWB A3 -- Fruit and vegetable quiz IWB A4a -- Making Smoothies and Soups IWB A4b -- Making Smoothies and Soups IWB A4c -- Designing your own smoothies and soups IWB A4d -- Reviewing your smoothies and soups IWB A4e -- Homework
Printable resource sheets which include: Resource sheet A2 - Sort the fruits and vegetables into groups Resource sheet A3 -- Fruit and vegetable quiz Resource sheet A4C-- Create a Smoothie or Soup in Class with your classmates Resource sheet A4H -- Create a Smoothie or Soup at Home with your family
Resources: IWB A1, plus any real fruit/veg you can bring into the classroom
Ask the children to come up with one item of food they ate yesterday and write it on the board on page "IWB A1"
At this point, you may also want to talk briefly about food groups such as (I) starchy foods, (ii) meat, fish, eggs and beans, (iii) milk and dairy (iv) other food containing fats and sugars. Ask the children to talk about which of the groups are better for you and which ones you should limit your intake of. From this discussion push the children towards the idea of eating more Fruit and Vegetables as a way of staying healthy.
ACTIVITY 1 -- Names of fruits and vegetables
If you have sample fruit/veg in the classroom, then you could pass them around for the children to feel them, smell them and describe them
Show the children a range of different fruit/veg by dragging the fruit/veg on page "IWB A1" around the board from their current central position (you will reveal 20 in total)
Show the children that by dragging the fruit and vegetables around the board you can begin to sort them into different groups according to a range of criteria. Demonstrate sorting them into 'green' and 'not green' to make it obvious that a 'not' group is an acceptable means of sorting.
ACTIVITY 2 -- Sort the fruits and vegetables into groups
Resources: IWB A2, Resource sheet A2
Ask the children to come up with ideas on how to sort the different fruit/veg on "IWB A2" into groups. Print out "Resource sheet A2" and cut out the fruit/veg into 20 cards. Ask the children to work in groups of 4 (with no adult or 6 with an adult) to sort the fruits/veg into groups.
Discuss the ways in which the children sorted the food into groups. Perhaps ask some children to show the class by sorting the fruits/veg on page "IWB A2" on the board. Examples of groups include fruits vs vegetables, colours of fruits, those that grow above vs underground, those that need peeling, those that can be eaten raw vs cooked, those that have a stone...
Using the knowledge gained in Activity 2, see what your children have learnt by asking them to match the fruit/veg description with the fruit/veg name ' IWB A3'
ACTIVITY 3 -- Fruit & Vegetables Quiz
Resources and Worksheet A3
Show the children 'Resources sheet A3' and ask describe what they are to do. Pupils do this sheet independently with addition support for those that need reading assistance.
Explain to the children that one way you can eat a range of fruit and vegetables at the same time is to mix them up in a blender. Ask the children what they think will happen to the fruit and veg when it is blended up like this. If no child comes up with the answer that it could make a smoothie or soup, tell them that there are names given to liquids like these, and that depending on the contents they are smoothies or soups. Generally smoothies have more fruit than vegetables and soups have more vegetables than fruit in (and are not always served hot).
Show the children examples of a Smoothie recipe on page "IWB A4a" and a Soup recipe on page "IWB A4c". Drag the ingredients into the blender then touch the fun looking Smoothie/ Soup maker to play a video of it dancing to music whilst mixing the ingredients
ACTIVITY 4 -- Making Smoothies and Soups
Resources: IWB A4a and IWB A4b IWB A4c , Resource sheet A4C(classroom)
Using "Resource sheet A4C", ask the pupils to work in pairs to use the range of fruit and vegetables to come up with a recipe idea that they could sell to their friends. It must be healthy, nutritious and tasty, and also have a fun name! They also need to consider how the fruit and vegetables need to be prepared when they write their recipe, for example: Peel the Bananas, take the stone out of the peach etc
Each pair then joins another pair and tries to 'sell' there smoothie or soup to the other pair. After this peer review time the groups have to choose one of the recipes to feed back to the rest of the class.
Review the recipes each group of 4 has fed back write their names down on the board on page "IWB A4d). Have a class vote where the children can vote for their favourite one, and ask them to justify any choices they make.
If possible prepare the smoothie in class and allow each child to have a sample and review it!!
Give the children "Resource sheet A4H"(Homework) to take home. Tell them to ask their families what their favourite fruits/veg are so they can design a smoothie/soup for their family
Encourage children to make a smoothie or soup at home, thus encouraging healthy eating You could ask the children to bring in their "Family Smoothie and Soups" so they can share with
the rest of the class.