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Food Related Books and Activities
(Originally produced in cooperation with the Summer Library Reading Program)


2014 Fizz Boom Legumes


Book: I will not ever NEVER eat a tomato
Author: Lauren Child
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Age Level: 4 and up
Lola is a fussy eater. She won’t eat her mashed potatoes (until Charlie explains that they’re cloud fluff from the pointiest peak of Mount Fuji). There are many things Lola won’t eat, including - tomatoes. Or will she?

Activity Supplies:
Doing the Activity:
  1. Tape the MyPlate poster where it can be seen by all children.
  2. Ask “Has anyone seen this poster before?” (If so, ask where they have seen it).
  3. Explain this poster shows a new way to plan our meals.
  4. Ask, “What does the colorful part of the poster look like?” (A plate and cup) That’s why it is called MyPlate.
  5. Ask, “How many colored sections do you see?” (Five) “That’s right. Let’s look at each one.”
  6. Say “The red section is labeled “Fruits.” In this section, we find lots of fruits that are good for us. Fruits help give us vitamins and minerals we need each day. Who can name three fruits?” (Let students answer.) “On your table you have some crayons. What color is the Fruits section? (Red) “Using the red crayon, color the fruit section red.”
  7. Say “Ok, now let’s look at the “Vegetable” section. It is the green section on the MyPlate poster. Who can give me an example of a vegetable?” (Call on children who have not answered previously.) “Vegetables also give us vitamins and minerals that make us healthy; now, we need to color the Vegetable section green.”
  8. Say “The next section of MyPlate that we are going to look at is the orange section – the Grains section. Who can tell me some foods that would be found in this section?” (Call on three or four children.) “So what color do you think the Grains section should be colored?” (Orange)
  9. Say “Let’s look at the purple section on MyPlate. What is the name of this section?” (Protein Foods) “What are some protein foods you can think of?” (Let three or four students answer.) “Ok, now let’s color the protein section on your MyPlate purple.”
  10. Say “The last section of MyPlate is the Dairy section. Why do you think it looks like a glass?” (Many people get their dairy in the form of milk.) Say “Most people do drink milk but what are some other foods we can eat that are made from milk?” (Cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, etc.) “Using the blue crayons, color the Dairy circle blue.”
  11. Say “Now let’s look at your paper. Here you can see some food pictures. Draw a line from the food picture (like the chicken leg) to the food group it belongs to.”


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