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Fruit Kebob Tag

Students learn about healthy snacks in this wacky version of tag

Tags: nutrition activities, middle school, additional activities

OVERVIEW
Description: Students run in an attempt to escape their "fruit kebob" fate--getting "dipped" by the yogurt.
Objective: Students will recognize a variety of fruits they can eat in a fruit kebob.
ACTIVITY
  1. Begin this activity by having the students stand shoulder to shoulder at one end of the room.
  2. Ask them if they have ever eaten a fruit kebob. Tell them a fruit kebob is like fruit salad, except it’s on a stick. Tell them fruit kebobs are especially delicious when they are dipped in low-fat yogurt.
  3. Explain that they are going to play a version of "Tag."
  4. Have the students count off by fruit ("watermelon," "apple," "pineapple," "strawberry," "peach") and tell them to remember which fruit they are.
  5. Point to a mark or line at the other end of the room and explain that this is "base."
  6. Explain that you are the yogurt and your objective is to catch them, the fruit, so you can "dip" them.
  7. Stand in the center of the space, and call out one of the five fruits, such as "PEACH!" All the "peaches" should try to run to the line at the opposite end of the room without being tagged by you.
  8. If a student is tagged, she or he joins you in the middle as a tagger and must call out the next fruit with you. If more than one student is tagged, together they must decide which fruit to call out next. Taggers can compete to see who gets the largest kebob.
  9. After a few minutes, ask the students for examples of other fruits they can have on a fruit kebob (see below for ideas).
  10. Reinforce this is a healthy and delicious food to have for snack, dessert, or at a birthday party!

Activity Note

If possible, bring in a fruit kebob or a picture of one to show to the students.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Fruit provides bodies with the 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 an even better choice. In general, 5th-8th 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:

  • one medium piece of fruit (apple, pear)
  • six strawberries
  • two plums
  • fifteen grapes
  • a half cup of 100% juice

Fruits:

  • apples
  • grapes
  • kiwi
  • melons
  • mangoes
  • oranges
  • papayas
  • peaches
  • pears
  • plums
  • apricots
  • bananas
  • cantaloupe
  • coconuts
  • cranberries
  • nectarines
  • pineapples
  • strawberries
  • tangerines
  • watermelon

Related National Standards

NHES: 1.5.1, 7.5.1
NSPSELA: E3b
NSPE: 1, 5
NS: NS.5-8.6

Further information about the national standards can be found here.

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