Students sing and learn about colorful vegetables for lunch
|Description:||Students march and skip around the room, singing a fill-in-the-blank song about vegetables as they go.|
|Objective:||Students will identify a variety of vegetables they can eat for lunch.|
|Materials:||Pictures of vegetables or the vegetables themselves (see below for which vegetables)|
If time permits, introduce some less common vegetables (see below) and ask each student to name one new vegetable she or he will try. You can encourage them to have their parents buy one new vegetable each week.
Vegetables provide carbohydrates, vitamins A and C, and folate. (Folate helps the body form red blood cells which prevent anemia.) Most also provide high amounts of fiber, and some, especially dark, leafy greens, provide essential minerals such as potassium and iron. They keep the eyes, skin, and blood healthy, help reduce blood pressure, protect against infections, heal cuts and wounds, keep teeth and gums healthy, prevent constipation, and help children maintain a proper body weight because when they eat vegetables they feel full on fewer calories.
In general, kindergarteners should eat 1 ½ servings of vegetables a day. One serving of vegetables is about:
Further information about the national standards can be found here.
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