Students get moving and dancing while learning a variety of fruits for dessert
|Description:||Students hop in and out of a giant circle according to the fruits they hear.|
|Objective:||Students will recognize a variety of fruits they can eat for lunch and dessert.|
|Materials (optional):||Small bell, whistle, or lunch-related noisemaker (e.g. soup spoon banging on soup bowl)|
While it is important to introduce students to new, healthy foods they can try, be sensitive to the limitations of lifestyle, income, transportation, etc. Try to include uncommon fruits, but not so uncommon they couldn’t find them in a local grocery store. If possible bring in fruits or pictures of them.
Fruit provides bodies with nutrients they need to stay healthy and strong. Fruits are an important source of fiber, complex carbohydrates, and other food components that can help reduce a person’s risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer. They also provide vitamins (such as A and C), minerals, are low in calories, fat, and sodium, and contain no cholesterol. 100% juice is one way to get fruit servings, but whole fruit is a better choice.
In general, K-4th graders should eat 1 ½ servings of fruit per day and vary their fruit choices as fruits differ in nutrient content. One serving of fruit is about:
More Common Fruits:
Less Common Fruits:
Further information about the national standards can be found here.
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