On December 12, 2nd graders in Ms. Connor's class and Ms. Yoshida's class learned about eating a rainbow. It's important to eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables because we get vitamins and nutrients from them. They help prevent disease. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/vegetables-and-fruits/ We started by drawing a rainbow on the white board and labeling the colors. The students then helped fill in the fruits and vegetables that went with the colors. Along the way I gave occasional hints such as, we eat the root of this plant, it's red and it's not a carrot. The children generated most names for the green section.
The children wrote in their garden journals while I made a smoothie that used foods from most of the colors. The journal page was titled Eating a Rainbow. They wrote the names of some of the fruits and veggies in the rainbow. Some also copied the smoothie recipe, which was adapted from the Whole Kids Foundation.
Here is some more information in case you want to make your own smoothies at home: https://www.wholekidsfoundation.org/filewrapper/?filename=https://www.wholekidsfoundation.org/downloads/kids-club/better-bites-smoothie-solutions.pdf. It's fun to pick fruits and veggies and see how they go together!
The smoothie recipe that we used:
1 c. spinach
1 c. vanilla yogurt
1/2 c. orange juice
1/2 c. apple juice
1/2 c. raspberries
1/2 c. blueberries