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Strawberries (3-5)

9 minutes
Primary subjects: 
Health
Grade: 
3, 4, 5
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This lesson includes a discussion of strawberries and identification of its nutritional benefits. At the end of the lesson, students should be able to identify that strawberries are a fruit. They will be able to explain how strawberries are grown as well as the main nutrients found in strawberries.

Key objectives for students
Explose students to strawberries, their nutrtional benefits, appearance, and taste
Identify which food group contains strawberries
Discuss how strawberries are grown
List one main nutrient in strawberries
Discuss favorite snacks and foods that contain strawberries
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 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.

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 tasting activities for students with food sensitivities.

Two Days

  • Purchase whole strawberries for tasting
  • Provide tongs for handling food
  • Provide gloves for those handling food
  • Use cocktail napkins or small plates

HOW TO SERVE

  • Rinse whole or sliced strawberries
  • Serve on cocktail napkins or small plates
  • Ask questions such as “Do you think strawberries have a sweet taste?” “If you eat strawberries regularly, how do you like to eat them?”
Materials needed

Fruit

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

Visuals

Strawberries Handout

Time Exercise Description
9 Minutes Discussion
Implementation

DISCUSSION

  • Hello Nutrition Ninjas!
  • Today we are going to be talking about strawberries.
  • What food group are strawberries in?
  • That’s right, strawberries are in the fruit group.
  • Has anyone ever tried a strawberry? Did you like it?
  • Strawberries are small red berries with a green leafy top and are spotted with seeds. They are sweet and juicy.
  • This is a strawberry (show a whole strawberry).
  • Who knows how strawberries grow?
  • Strawberries grow on plants that are very low to the ground.
  • Has anyone ever gone strawberry picking? Was it difficult?
  • Most strawberries are picked by hand because they can bruise easily. Farmers and farm workers spend many hours leaning low to the ground to carefully pick the strawberries. So next time you see a package of strawberries in the store, remember that someone picked each one of those strawberries by hand.
  • Strawberries are very good for you. They are full of vitamins and nutrients.
  • Strawberries are packed with vitamin C. Vitamin C helps you from getting a cold and helps your body stay strong.
  • Strawberries also have nitrates, which keep your muscles healthy and strong.
  • Fruits and veggies come in a rainbow of different colors. It is important to eat all of the colors every day to stay healthy. Especially red!
  • Strawberries are one of the red fruits that help keep your heart healthy and help you to remember things!
  • Let’s try some strawberries today! (give strawberry samples)
  • I also have something about strawberries for you to take home with you today (pass out Strawberry Handout).
Assessment Opportunities

At the end of this session, each student should be able to answer at least 3 questions correctly. Examples of questions are “How are strawberries picked?” “Why do strawberries need to be hand-picked?”, and “Why does your body need Vitamin C?”
Questions can be as simple as “What food group are strawberries in?” as well as open-ended questions, such as “Why are strawberries good for you?”

Standards assessment

Common Core State Standards
Grades 3-5 Health and PE state-by-state standards

Grades 3-5 Science state-by-state standards

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 strawberries, and show them the Strawberry Handout. Encourage students to share with their family members a new fact they learned, such as “each strawberry has about 200 seeds” and report back if their families knew this fact.