Food Related Books and Activities
(Originally produced in cooperation with the Summer Library Reading Program)
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It’s Alive Biological Science
Book: How Groundhog’s Garden Grew
Author: Lynn Cherry
Publisher: Blue Sky Press
Age Level: 4 to 8 years
Little Groundhog learns how to plant and tend to his own food garden.
- Manila folders 1 per child with the following adhered to them
- New or recycled paper with an unused side (3 sheets per folder)
- Handout of tops, middles, and bottoms of vegetables (laminate if possible)
- Letter size envelope
- Scissors if you want children to cut vegetables apart (you will need to cut for smaller children, older children can cut them)
- Food model cards for vegetables on handout and vegetable cards in handout below (make a colored copy on card stock if possible and laminate or use clear contact paper)
- Manila folder assembly
- Parts of a Plant
- Root Crops cards
- Seed and Leaf Crop cards
- Vegetable and Fruit Crops cards
- Stem Crops cards
Cooked vegetable food model cards
- After reading the How Groundhog’s Garden Grew give each child a manila folder
- Have children take vegetables out of the envelope and put them face up in front of themselves (pictures showing).
- Hold up 1 food model card vegetable at a time and ask children what vegetable it is. With the food cards and with the new vegetable cards you will have plenty of vegetables for this lesson. You do not need to do all of them; children may become bored if you do.
- As you show the food model card explain to children this is the part of the vegetable that we eat.
- Hold up the smaller card that you/child cut that belongs with the vegetable model card and have children place it into the vegetable crop where it belongs: root, leaf, seed, stem, and vegetable/fruit.
- Do this for as many vegetables as time permits (remember small children may become bored easily).
Last update: Wednesday, December 07, 2016