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MCSD PRESCHOOL

HARVEST OF THE MONTH ACTIVITY PACKET

Prunes, Figs, Dates and Raisins

NOVEMBER 2006

READ ALOUD BOOKS

Week 1:

Grapes to Raisins Each Peach Pear Plum A Story About Raisins

Week 2: Week 3:

How Do You Raise a Raisin

Materials provided by: Merced County Office of Education, Nutrition Network Contact us: 209-385-5394 or [email protected]

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SMALL GROUP ACTIVITIES Prunes, Figs, Dates and Raisins HM Theme: The Five Senses Week 1

Making Raisins

(science)

Objective: The students will be able to describe how a grape becomes a raisin. Supplies: 1 bunch of grapes Directions: 1. Lay out grapes on a tray and put them in the sun daily. Keep grapes dry or they will mold. 2. Keep a science log to document the changes. Be sure to write in the science log daily or at least twice per week. 3. Each day that the class records changes in the science log, have the students discuss how the grapes are changing.

Book: Grapes to Raisins

Objectives: Students will name different types of fruit. Students will identify the rhyming words from the story. Directions: 1. Read the book to the class. 2. Have the students look for fruit in each of the pictures. 3. Have the students name the fruit from the pictures. Ask the students if they have tasted the fruit before. What did it taste like? Did they like it? Why or why not? 4. Have the students identify the rhyming words from the story.

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Book- Each Peach Pear Plum

SMALL GROUP ACTIVITIES Prunes, Figs, Dates and Raisins HM Theme: The Five Senses

Week 2

Grape to Raisin Sequence

Book- A Story About Raisins

(science)

Objective: Students will describe how a grape becomes a raisin. Supplies: Props for grape to raisin sequence A Story About Raisins CD Directions: 1. After reading Grapes to Raisins and A Story About Raisins, show children the pictures of the grapes, grapes on the brown paper, the sun, the raisins on the tray. 2. Have children put the pictures in the correct order and describe the process of how a raisin is made. 3. Play the Rappin' Raisin Song and I've Been Workin' On My Grapevine song for the class.

Graphing favorites

(math)

Objective: Students will count how many children prefer raisins, figs, dates or prunes (dried plums). Supplies: Raisins, figs, dates, prunes (dried plums), chart paper Directions: 1. Let children taste the dried fruits and graph which one they like best. 2. Ask the children to share why this dried fruit was their favorite.

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SMALL GROUP ACTIVITIES Prunes, Figs, Dates and Raisins HM Theme: The Five Senses

Week 3

Raisin Facts

(literacy)

Book- How Do You Raise a Raisin? Objective: Students will describe what they have learned about raisins. Shared Writing: after reading How Do You Raise a Raisin?, have children tell you about what they know or what they have learned about raisins.

Weighing Grapes and Raisins

(math and science)

Objective: Students will estimate whether grapes or raisins weigh more. Supplies: 1 bunch of Grapes ½ cup of raisins, scale or balance Directions: 1. Show children a bunch of raisins and a bowl of raisins. 2. Have them estimate which weighs more. 3. Let children count out ten grapes and ten raisins. Have the children weigh them and compare the weights. If the scale does not measure just ten, count ten more and keep going until a weight is measured. 4. Discuss the different weights. 5. Discuss why it takes about 4 pounds of grapes to make one pound of raisins.

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SMALL GROUP ACTIVITIES Prunes, Figs, Dates and Raisins HM Theme: The Five Senses

Week 3 (con't)

Watercolor Raisins with Personality (art, multi-day activity)

Objectives: Students will create a raisin personality. Students will describe how raisins can be different colors. Supplies: White construction paper, black crayons, watercolor paints (yellow, red and purple) Directions: 1. Do a directed drawing of a raisin and have children watercolor it (day 1). 2. Show children the pictures in How Do You Raise a Raisin? that show the raisins with people features: faces, legs. 3. Let children add personal characteristics to their raisins to give them "personality." Model drawing sunglasses, adding legs or hair, a hat, etc. 4. Have the children talk about their "raisin personality".

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SMALL GROUP ACTIVITIES Prunes, Figs, Dates and Raisins HM Theme: The Five Senses

Chants

Grape, Grape

Grape, grape Lying in the sun You must be hot And you're not having fun. Grape, grape Where did you go? You once were green But not anymore. Grape, grape With smooth green skin You now have wrinkles, Oh-you're a black raisin!

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Food Experience Calendar

November 2006

Friday Friday Friday 11/3 11/10 11/17

Carrot & Sunshine Salad

Taste test

PB and PB sandwich (peanut butter and plum/banana sandwich)

Friday Friday

11/24 12/1

NO SCHOOL

Dried Fruit Trail Mix

Food Experience Recipes November 2006

Fri 11/3/06 Carrot & Sunshine Salad 3 packs (8 ounces each) of Shredded Carrots 3/4 cup raisins 1 ½ containers (8 ounces each) low-fat vanilla yogurt Directions: 1. Mix all ingredients together in a mixing bowl. 2. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes 3. Toss again before serving

Makes approximately 24 taste tests (1/4 cup each)

Recipe from: Produce for Better Health

MCOE Nutrition Network: Preschool Activity Packet: November 2006

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Food Experience Recipes November 2006

Fri 11/10/06 Taste test 20 Prunes (dried plums) 10 Calimyrna (green) figs, cut in half 20 Mission (black) figs 20 Dates 1 cup Black Raisins 1 cup Golden Raisins Directions: 1. Show the children what the dried fruit looks like. Place a dried plum, a date, and a few raisins (black and golden) on each plate. 2. Slice the dried figs in half. Show the children the different varieties, noting colors, size, and how/where they grow. Place one half of each variety on each child's plate. 3. Allow each child to taste the different varieties and discuss the taste (which one is the sweetest), smell (which one smells the best?), color, and texture (soft, crunchy, mushy) of the fruit. 4. Ask the children to name another fruit of the same color. Discuss how the fruit is dried. Ask each child to share which was his/her favorite variety.

Developed by Merced County Office of Education Nutrition Network

Makes 20 Taste Tests

MCOE Nutrition Network: Preschool Activity Packet: November 2006

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Food Experience Recipes November 2006

Fri 11/17/06 PB and PB sandwich (peanut butter and plum/banana sandwich) 10 slices of 100% whole wheat bread, sliced in half 20 dried plums 20 slices of bananas 30 teaspoons peanut butter Directions: 1. Place ½ of a bread slice on each child's plate. 2. Place 1 ½ teaspoons of peanut butter on each plate, and have the child spread it on the bread. 3. Place one slice of dried plum and one slice of banana on each plate. 4. Have the child place the dried plum and banana on the peanut butter and fold the bread in half to make a mini sandwich. Makes 20 taste tests

Recipe adapted from: California Dried Plums www.californiadriedplums.org

Fri 12/1/06 Dried Fruit Trail Mix ¾ cup raisins ¾ cup dates ¾ cup dried plums, cut in half ¾ cup figs, cut in quarters ¾ cup granola (use left over from October) ¾ cup mini pretzels ¾ cup dry roasted peanuts, lightly salted (omit for Peanut-free classrooms) Directions: 1. Put all ingredients into a bowl and mix together.

Developed by Merced County Office of Education Nutrition Network

Makes approximately 24 taste tests (1/4 cup each)

MCOE Nutrition Network: Preschool Activity Packet: November 2006

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Preschool Activities Shopping List November 2006

Each shopping list is for one class session (unless otherwise noted.) Some items were purchased last month for September recipes and the remainder should be used for these recipes. Preschool Activities Shopping Directions:

1. You must use the Save Mart card and shop at Save Mart or Food Maxx. 2. Purchase only the items that are on the shopping list. 3. If a specified item is not available, you may make an appropriate substitution. Please include a written explanation with your receipt. 4. Comparison shop for the best price. 5. Turn in your receipts promptly.

Fri 11/3/06: Carrot & Sunshine Salad 3 packs (8 ounces each) of Shredded Carrots 1 large container of black raisins (This will be enough for the 3 other recipes) 2 containers (8 ounces) low-fat vanilla yogurt Fri 11/10/06: Taste test 1 package (8 oz) of Prunes (dried plums) 1 package (6 oz) of Calimyrna (green) figs 1 package (9 oz) of Mission (black) figs 1 package (8 oz) of Dates 1 small package of Golden Raisins Fri 11/17/06: PB and PB sandwich (peanut butter and plum/banana sandwich) 1 loaf of 100% whole wheat bread 1 package of dried plums 2 bananas 1 small jar of peanut butter *substitute fat-free cream cheese for Peanut-free classrooms Fri 12/1/06 Dried Fruit Trail Mix 1 package of dried plums (if you don't have enough left over from the previous recipes) 1 package of figs (if you don't have enough left over from the previous taste test) 1 small bag of mini pretzels 1 small package of dry roasted peanuts, lightly salted (omit for Peanut-free classrooms)

Other Materials to Purchase: Paper Plates: 20 plates X 4 recipes = 40 plates per class session for the month

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