A Lesson on Fruits and Vegetables
Here is a lesson plan which teachers can use with fruits and vegetables. Give students worksheets with pictures of fruits and vegetables. Let them also use magazine pictures they would have brought in as well, in addition to real fruits if possible. Have them identify and help them name the fruits and vegetables. Now ask them to point out the ones they already know.
If there are Hispanic students in the class, you will discover that the fruits commonly eaten by them are oranges, bananas, mangoes, watermelons, and papaya. Their vegetables include tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, cabbage, zucchini and chili, greens and onions. If there are Asian students, they will probably point out the same, including bamboo shoots and snow peas. If you do not have some of these real fruits or vegetables, you can do another lesson where you introduce these to students who are not familiar with them. Encourage students to try the foods that are unfamiliar to them, and compliment those who already have healthy eating habits, impressing on them that they should not succumb to unhealthy eating habits in the United States. Encourage those who prefer to snack on pizza, hamburgers, candy and ice cream for example, to aim towards a goal for healthy eating as defined by the USDA; by adding fruits and vegetables to their diets. Discuss the health values of the various fruits and vegetables.