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Book: An Orange in January
Author: Diana Hutts Aston
Publisher: Dial Books
ISBN-13: 978-0803731462
Age Level: 4 and up
Follow an orange from blossom to ripe fruit, from tree to truck to market . . . and into the hands of a boy who shares this treat with his friends, so that everyone can taste the sweetness of an orange in January.


Activity Supplies:
  • You will be making a vertical book. You will need a copy of the book handout, 1 per child.
  • Scissors
  • Stapler (if children are small you will need to make books for them, older children can cut, assemble and staple their own.)
  • MyPlate Poster
  • An orange or food model picture of an orange
  • Tennis ball or another small ball to show

Doing the Activity:
  1. Hold up the orange/or picture and ask the children how many of them like to eat oranges?
  2. Ask children if they know where oranges come from? (Oranges grow in warm climates, states like California and Florida)
  3. Ask children if they think oranges grow on a garden vine or in a tree?
    (Oranges grow in warm climates on trees. Once the tree is established you will get oranges from the tree every other season.).
  4. Show children the MyPlate Poster and tell them that today they are going to hear a story about how oranges become oranges and find their way into their homes.
  5. Tell children that an orange is a fruit and fruits are in the red section of MyPlate show them on MyPlate Poster. An orange the size of a tennis ball is 1 serving of fruit.

  6. Serving Sizes of Fruits for Children

    Gender

    Age

    Amount

    Boys and Girls

    2 to 3 years

    1 cup

    Boys and Girls

    4-8 years

    1 to 1 ½ cups

    Girls

    9-13 years

    1 ½ cups

    Girls

    14-18 years

    1 ½ cups

    Boys

    9-13 years

    1 ½ cups

    Boys

    14-18 years

    2 cups


  7. Read An Orange in January
  8. After reading have children make vertical An Orange in January books (you will need to cut and assemble for small children, older children can cut, assemble and staple their own.)
  9. After assembling books read them with the children.

 

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