MCSD PRESCHOOL HARVEST OF THE MONTH ACTIVITY PACKET TOMATOES by jennbrink

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									                                                   MCSD PRESCHOOL

        HARVEST OF THE MONTH
           ACTIVITY PACKET
                                                           TOMATOES




                                                         AUGUST 2006

                                     READ ALOUD BOOKS
     Weeks 1-3
               Wash Your Hands by Tony Ross
               Tomatoes by Inez Snyder
               I Will Never Not Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child
               The Foods We Eat from The Foods I Eat…The Foods You Eat curriculum
               Tomatoes to Ketchup by Inez Snyder

                        Materials provided by:
         Merced County Office of Education, Nutrition Network
          Contact us: 209-385-5394 or nnetwork@mcoe.org
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and employer, through the California Nutrition Network. The Food Stamp Program provides nutrition
assistance to people with low income. It can help you buy nutritious foods for a better diet. To find
out more, contact 1-800-952-5253.
          SMALL GROUP ACTIVITIES:                                Tomatoes
                         HM Theme: Welcome to School

                                     Weeks 1-3
Glow Germ Activity
Objectives:
  • To demonstrate how germs are spread.
  • To demonstrate proper hand washing techniques.

Supplies:
  • Glow Germ Kit
  • Food Safety Kit (with mini bubbles)
  • Wash Your Hands story book by Tony Ross

Directions:
   • Read the story Wash Your Hands by Tony Ross.
   • Sprinkle a small amount of Glow Germ on your hands and shake hands
     with the children in your classroom.
   • Turn off the lights and demonstrate how germs are easily spread.
     Have the children wash their hands with soap and water and use the
     black light to check their hands after washing.

Discussion:
   • Where do germs come from?
   • What happened when the teacher shook hands with everyone?
   • Where else did the germs go (desk, chair, etc.)?
   • Use mini bubbles to demonstrate how far germs travel when you cough
     or sneeze.
   • How do you get rid of the germs on your hands? Demonstrate proper
     hand washing techniques and sing the song on page 2—“Wash, Wash,
     Wash your Hands.”




MCOE Nutrition Network: Preschool Activity Packet: August 2006     Activities-Page 1 of 4
          SMALL GROUP ACTIVITIES:                                Tomatoes
                         HM Theme: Welcome to School

                     Wash, Wash, Wash Your Hands
                             (Song tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat)
                             Wash, wash, wash your hands
                               With soap and water too
                             Scrub, scrub, scrub them well
                             And make them clean for you!


Comparing Tomatoes/Taste Test
This small group activity should be done during food experience
Objective:
  • The students will learn the basic rules for Friday Food Experience.
           wash hands first;
           do not touch anyone else’s food or utensils;
           cover your mouth if you cough or sneeze.
  • Students will taste different varieties of tomatoes.
  • Students will be able to describe the colors and shapes of the
     different varieties of tomatoes.

Directions:
   • Read the books Tomatoes by Inez Snyder and I Will Never Not Ever
     Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child.

Supplies:
See food experience list

Discussion (continued on page 3):
   • Show the children what the fruit looks like on the outside and inside.
   • Slice one tomato of each variety and place on separate plates.
   • Show the children the different varieties, noting colors, size, and
     how/where they grow.


MCOE Nutrition Network: Preschool Activity Packet: August 2006      Activities-Page 2 of 4
          SMALL GROUP ACTIVITIES:                                Tomatoes
                         HM Theme: Welcome to School

   • 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.
   • Ask the children to determine which tomato is the smallest and which
     is the largest, and arrange in order from smallest to largest.
   • Ask the children to name another fruit of the same color, something
     that is round or oval like a tomato, something bigger than a tomato,
     something smaller than a tomato, something the same size as a tomato.
   • Review how tomatoes are grown (from the book Tomatoes).
   • Ask the children if they have ever grown tomatoes at home.
   • What does Lola call tomatoes? (moonsquirters)
   • Use books, flashcards, or other tomato materials to enhance
     discussion.


The Foods We Eat Shared Writing:
Objective:
  • Students will name the different fruits and vegetables and identify
    their colors.

Supplies:
  • Chart paper and markers
  • Pictures of fruits and vegetables or plastic fruits and vegetables

Directions:
   • Read The Foods We Eat story book from The Foods I Eat curriculum.
   • Show pictures or plastic food models and have the children name and
     describe the color as you label them on the chart.

Discussion:
   • Ask students to raise their hands if they have eaten the fruit or
     vegetable you are sharing.
   • Ask students to name a fruit or vegetable that they eat at home
MCOE Nutrition Network: Preschool Activity Packet: August 2006     Activities-Page 3 of 4
          SMALL GROUP ACTIVITIES:                                Tomatoes
                         HM Theme: Welcome to School

Other Resources:
  • “Orange is a Carrot” (Growing with Mathematics chart)
  • “Eat a Rainbow” (Shake It Up CD)
  • Creative Apron Color Cards
  • Color Me Healthy Poster: Remember To Eat All Your Colors


Tomatoes to Ketchup Sequencing
Objective:
  • Students will sequence the steps for making ketchup by dramatizing
    the steps or using pictures to describe the steps.

Supplies:
  • Pictures or real items:
        o tomato,
        o pot (cooking pot),
        o jar (vinegar),
        o box (spice),
        o ketchup

Directions:
   • Read Tomatoes to Ketchup story by Inez Snyder.
   • Dramatize or use the pictures and have students “cook” / “make”
     ketchup.

Discussion:
   • Review how/where tomatoes grow.
   • Ask students if they have ever eaten ketchup. What foods do they eat
     with ketchup?
   • Ask students to name other sauces that are made from tomatoes.




MCOE Nutrition Network: Preschool Activity Packet: August 2006     Activities-Page 4 of 4
   Food Experience Calendar
                August 2006

Friday   8/18     Tomato Tasting/Tomato Lady Bug

Friday   8/25     Pico de Gallo Salsa

Friday   9/1      Pizza Melt
                         Food Experience Recipes
                              August 2006
                                        Fri 8/18/06
Tomato Tasting
4 Roma Tomatoes
3-4 Tomatoes on the Vine (depending on size)
3-4 Yellow Tomatoes (if available)
1 package cherry tomatoes (enough form 20 tomatoes)
1 package grape tomatoes (enough form 20 tomatoes)
1 small bottle reduced fat Ranch Dressing

Directions:
1. Wash all tomatoes well. Cut each tomato in half.
2. Show the children what the fruit looks like on the outside and inside. Slice one
   tomato of each variety and place on separate plates. Show the children the different
   varieties, noting colors, size, and how/where they grow.
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. (If the children won’t taste the tomato, you can provide them
   with a dab of ranch dressing. Try to get them to taste the tomatoes without the
   dressing first.)
4. Ask the children to determine which tomato is the smallest and which is the largest,
   and arrange in order from smallest to largest.
5. Ask the children to name another fruit of the same color, something that is round or
   oval like a tomato, something bigger than a tomato, something smaller than a tomato,
   something the same size as a tomato.
6. Use books, flashcards, or other tomato materials to enhance discussion.
                                                                   Makes 20 Taste Tests
                                       Recipe developed by the Merced County Office of Education Nutrition Network



Continue activity with Tomato Lady Bugs (page 2)




MCOE Nutrition Network: Preschool Activity Packet: August 2006                     Recipes--Page 1 of 3
                           Food Experience Recipes
                                August 2006

                                    Fri 8/18/06 Continued
Tomato Lady Bugs
1 cherry tomato
8 black olive slices

Directions:
1. Wash the tomatoes and cut in half.
2. Lay tomato cut side down on a plate.
3. Make a straight cut down about 1/3 of the tomato to create the head.
4. Cut through the remaining two thirds of the tomato perpendicular to your first cut to
   make the wings.
5. Decorate the tomato to look like a lady bug. Place 2 slices of olives for the eyes and a
   half of a slice for the smile. The olives should stick to the tomato, but if they don’t,
   use a tiny dab of dressing.
6. Place additional olive slices on the wings of the lady bugs to make spots.
                                         Each recipe serves 1 Tomato Ladybug/1 Taste Test
                                   Recipe from: http://www.eatcatomatoes.org/Consumers/ContentPrint.aspx?recipeid=76



                                           Fri 8/25/06
Pico de Gallo
3 pounds Roma Tomatoes, chopped
1 Red Onion, chopped
1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
1 fresh Jalapeno Pepper, seeded and finely chopped*
6 Tbsp fresh lime juice (approximately 4 limes squeezed)
6 cloves garlic, minced (use minced garlic from a jar—read label to determine equivalency of 6 cloves)
¾ tsp salt
1 bag reduced fat tortilla strips
Directions:
1. Wash all items before chopping.
2. *do not let students chop the pepper
3. Combine ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
4. Taste immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
5. Ask the children if they have ever made salsa at home or at a restaurant.
          Recipe makes 9 cups of Pico De Gallo; this will accommodate 18 ½ cup taste tests
                                                                 Recipe adapted from Healthy Latino Recipes Cookbook


MCOE Nutrition Network: Preschool Activity Packet: August 2006                       Recipes--Page 2 of 3
                         Food Experience Recipes
                              August 2006

                                         Fri 9/1/06
Pizza Melt Sandwich
6 mini whole wheat bagels, sliced in half
2 large Roma Tomatoes, thinly sliced
12 TBSP pizza sauce
12 TBSP Mozzarella cheese, grated
Italian seasoning

Directions:
1. Place mini bagel halves on a plate.
2. Spread 1 TBSP pizza sauce on top.
3. Lightly sprinkle with Italian seasoning over the pizza sauce.
4. Place one tomato slice on each bagel half.
5. Sprinkle 1 TBSP of cheese on top.
6. To serve cold, cut each half in half again (1/4 of a bagel for each taste) OR
7. To serve warm, microwave for 10-15 seconds, and cut each half in half again (1/4 bagel
   for each taste).
8. Ask children what the pizza sauce is made of. Have they ever eaten pizza at home?
   Have they ever eaten pizza with sliced tomatoes?
9. What other sauces are made from tomatoes (spaghetti sauce, ketchup)?

                                                                         Makes 24 taste tests
                                                  Recipe adapted from California Tomato Commission




MCOE Nutrition Network: Preschool Activity Packet: August 2006           Recipes--Page 3 of 3
                  Preschool Activities Shopping List
                            August 2006
             Each shopping list is for one class session.
  If you teach a full day, you will need to double this shopping list


          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 8/18/06: Tomato Tasting
4 Roma Tomatoes
3-4 Tomatoes on the Vine (depending on size)
3-4 Yellow Tomatoes (if available)
1 package cherry tomatoes (enough for 20 tomatoes)
1 package grape tomatoes (enough for 20 tomatoes)
1 small bottle reduced fat Ranch Dressing

Fri 8/25/06: Pico de Gallo
3 pounds Roma Tomatoes
1 Red Onion
1 bunch fresh cilantro
1 fresh Jalapeno Pepper
4 limes
1 small jar of minced garlic (read the label to determine equivalency of 6 cloves)
1 container of salt
1 bag reduced-fat tortilla strips

Fri 9/1/06: Pizza Melt Sandwich
6 mini whole wheat bagels
2 large Roma Tomatoes
1 squeeze bottle Contadina Pizza Sauce
1 bag of grated Mozzarella cheese
1 small bottle Italian seasoning

Other Materials to Purchase:
Paper Plates: 20 plates x 3 recipes = 60 plates for the month per class session

								
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