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Pears (3-5)

9 minutes
Primary subjects: 
Health
Grade: 
3, 4, 5
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This lesson includes a discussion of pears and identification of its nutritional benefits. At the end of this lesson, students should be able to identify the food group that pears belong to (fruit) and other benefits of pears. They will be able to identify that pears have fiber, Vitamin C, and potassium.

Key objectives for students
Expose students to pears, their nutritional benefits, appearance, and taste
Identify which food group contains pears
Discuss the varieties of pears
Discuss how pears get to the grocery store
List two main nutrients in pears
Secondary subjects
Agriculture Science, Health and Nutrition
Topics
Healthy choices regarding food, Five food groups, Nutritional benefits of healthy food
Skills
Communication skills
Values
Curiosity, Optimism
Methods
Real-World Application
Background information for teachers

The majority of 9-Minute Nutrition Ninja lessons include taste tests of the day’s lesson. We have provided an allergy form. Please provide this allergy form to all students approximately one week before the tasting activities to allow ample time for parents/guardians to read, sign, and return to the classroom.

HOW TO SERVE:

  • Serve pears at room temperature
  • Wash and slice pears
  • Serve on cocktail napkins or small plates
  • Ask questions such as “Do you like the taste of pears?”, “Have you had pears before and does this pear taste like that?”
In Advance

One week

Please provide a printed copy of the allergy form to all students approximately one week before the tasting activities to allow ample time for parents/guardians to read, sign, and return to the classroom. Check your school policies to understand how to handle food allergies and modify the tasting activities for students with food sensitivities.

Two Days

  • Purchase pears; prepare to wash and slice the day of the lesson
  • Provide gloves for those handling food
  • Use tongs for passing out food
  • Provide cocktail napkins or small plates
Materials needed

Fruit:

  • Whole pears and sliced pears for tasting
  • Gloves for those handling food
  • Pair of tongs
  • Enough cocktail napkins or small plates for each student

Visuals
Pears Handout

Time Exercise Description
9 minutes Discussion
Implementation

DISCUSSION:

  • Hello Nutrition Ninjas!
  • Today we are going to be talking about pears.
  • Who knows how pears grow?
  • That’s right, pears grow on trees all summer long.
  • What food group are pears in?
  • Can you think of any other foods that are fruits?
  • There are lots of different kinds of pears and they are all part of the fruit family or fruit food group.
  • Do you know how many kinds of pears there are in the world? There are more than 3,000 kinds of pears around the world!
  • Some types of pears that you might see in our grocery stores are Anjou, Bartlett, Bosc, and Seckel.
  • What do all these types of pears have in common? They are delicious!
  • Has anyone ever tried a pear? When? Where? Who gave it to you? How was it served?
  • How do you think a pear gets to the grocery store?
  • Pears must travel to get to the grocery store, just like you do. They might travel from far away or from very close by depending on where they are grown.
  • The majority of pears are grown in these six states: California, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington.
  • Do we live in one of these states? Which state is the closest to us?
  • Do you think that is a big distance for a pear to travel to get to your grocery store?
  • Who here thinks that pears are good for you? Why?
  • Yes! Pears are very good for you!
  • They are full of vitamins and nutrients.
  • Vitamins and nutrients are the part of foods and help to keep you strong and healthy.
  • Pears have lots of fiber, Vitamin C and potassium in them.
  • Vitamin C is like a superhero and helps you from getting a cold.
  • Fiber is part of fruits and it helps keep your body clean and running smoothly.
  • Potassium is good for your heart and muscles. Let’s see your muscles.
  • Let’s try some pears today! (give pear samples)
  • So what does everyone think about pears? Do you like them? What have you learned?
  • I also have something about pears for you to take home with you today (pass out Pear Handout).
Assessment Opportunities

At the end of this session, each student should be able to answer 3 questions correctly. Questions can be as simple as “How many different kinds of pears are there?”, “Name some states in the US where pears grow,” and “Is a pear a fruit?”

Standards assessment

Grades 3-5 Health and PE state-by-state standards_Pears

Grades 3-5 Science state-by-state standards_Pears

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science Grade 4
STRAND: NGSS.4-LS. LIFE SCIENCE
TITLE 4-LS1. From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
PERFORMANCE EXPECTATION 4-LS1-2.
Students who demonstrate understanding can: Use a model to describe that animals’ receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways.

Community connections

Students can discuss with family members what they learned about pears, and show them the Pears Handout. Encourage students to share with their family members a new fact they learned, such as “There are over 3,000 kinds of pears in the world” and report back if their families knew this fact.