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									                                                       MCSD PRESCHOOL
           HARVEST OF THE MONTH ACTIVITY PACKET



                                Peas and Asian Vegetables
                                                                March 2007

                                       READ ALOUD BOOKS
          Week 1:
             Eat Your Peas, Ivy Louise by Leo Landry
             Mabel O'Leary Puts Peas in Her Eary-y by Mary Delaney
          Week 2:
             The Pea Blossom by Amy Lowry Poole
          Week 3:
             The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin
          Week 4:
             Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
          Week 5:
             The Monster WHo Ate My Peas by Danny Schnitzlein

                         Other books to include that go with the theme:
          How a Seed Grows by Helene J. Jordan
          We Can Eat the Plants* and Pick, Pull, Snap: Where Once a Flower Bloomed*
          *From 2005-2006
                        Materials provided by:
         Merced County Office of Education, Nutrition Network
          Contact us: 209-385-5394 or nnetwork@mcoe.org
Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Stamp Program, an equal opportunity provider
and employer, through the California Nutrition Network for Healthy, Active Families. 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
                      Peas and Asian Vegetables
                    HM Theme: Growing and Changing
                               Week 1

Building Peas           (literacy, onset and rime)
Books: Eat Your Peas, Ivy Louise;
       Mabel O’Leary Put Peas in Her Ear-y

Objectives:
Students will blend onsets and rimes.
Students will name one reason why Louise should eat her peas.

Supplies:
Peas with onset and rimes

Directions:
   1. Read each story and discuss. Explain that peas are vegetables. Ask
      the children if they have ever eaten peas before. Discuss why peas
      help you grow healthy.
   2. Have the children discuss why Louise should eat her peas (they are
      healthy for her, they taste good, etc.
   3. Point out words that rhyme with peas. Have children name some pairs
      of rhyming words from either text.
   4. Tell them you need their help in putting some peas together. Show
      them the half of the pea with the onset and see if they can say the
      sound, then show them the other half of the pea and explain to the
      students that all of the peas end with the /ez/ sound. So when they
      build the pea, encourage them to blend the onset and rime.
   5. Pea parts: b-ees, k-eys, f-ees, /n/- ees, p-eas, s-ees, t-ease, pl-ease,
      br-eeze, fl-eas




MCOE Nutrition Network: Preschool Activity Packet: March 2007   Activities—Page 1 of 9
                     SMALL GROUP ACTIVITIES
                      Peas and Asian Vegetables
                    HM Theme: Growing and Changing
                               Week 1

Places Peas Should Never Go                          (after reading Mabel O’Leary
Put Peas in Her Ear-y, literacy)

Objectives:
Students will illustrate and describe places you should not put peas.
Students will describe why they like peas.

Supplies:
Chart paper, marker

Directions:
Shared Writing or class book
   1. After reading the story, brainstorm a list of places you should never
      put peas.
            Example: Peas should never go in your ears.
                       Peas should never go up your nose.
                       Peas should never go in your shoes.
   2. If making a class book end the book with, “Where should peas go?” In
      your mouth! WHY? They taste yummy and help you grow healthy!
   3. Give each child a green sticky dot and tell them that is their pea and
      they need to do an illustration showing where peas should not go. Have
      one child do the last page: a pea in a mouth.
   4. Have students describe what they like about peas.




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                     SMALL GROUP ACTIVITIES
                      Peas and Asian Vegetables
                    HM Theme: Growing and Changing
                               Week 2

Story Retelling with a Chant and Props                           (literacy)
Books: The Pea Blossom, (How a Seed Grows also goes well with this lesson)

Objectives:
Students will retell the story using the chant and story props.
Students will describe how the pea grows in the story.

Supplies:
Story retelling props and chant

Directions:
   1. Read the story and discuss how peas grow.
   2. Using “Text Talk” strategies, discuss the book and then tell the
      students you are going to teach them a rhyme/chant to help them
      retell and remember the story.
   3. As you say the rhyme/chant, put up the story props and then repeat
      having the students do as much as possible.
   Chant/Rhyme:
                                 The Pea Blossom
                        5 little peas and not one more
                    A bird ate one and then there were 4.
                        4 little peas as quiet as can be
                    A frog ate one and then there were 3.
                       3 little peas that grew in the sun
                     An emperor ate two and there was 1.
                          1 little pea did not stay still
                    Flew through the air onto a windowsill
                   There he grew into a beautiful pea plant
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             The girl became healthy and he was happy and content.
                     SMALL GROUP ACTIVITIES
                      Peas and Asian Vegetables
                    HM Theme: Growing and Changing
                               Week 2

Watercolor Pea Plants (art)
Objectives:
Students will paint a pea plant.
Students will discuss the different parts of the pea plant (tendrils, blossom,
pod, vine, etc.)

Supplies:
White paper, tan and green colored pencil (1 per child), watercolor paints

Directions:
   1. Do a directed drawing of the pea plants from the book using the green
      colored pencil on the white paper.
   2. Have them draw the tendrils of the pea plant and flowers.
   3. Show children how to water color them.
   4. Use the tan pencil for the background after painting has dried.




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                     SMALL GROUP ACTIVITIES
                      Peas and Asian Vegetables
                    HM Theme: Growing and Changing
                               Week 3

Beautiful Vegetables                  (art and diversity)
Books: The Ugly Vegetables

Objectives:
Students will name 1 Asian Vegetable and tell the class if he/she has ever
seen or tasted it before.
Students will draw a Chinese vegetable from the story.

Supplies:
White construction paper, crayons

Directions:
   1. After reading and discussing the story, show them the vegetables they
      will taste during the taste test. Show the children the vegetable
      drawings on the last page in the book and how they are written in
      Chinese. Practice saying them.
   2. Explain that the vegetables are not really ugly and just like the little
      girl learned that were not only beautiful, they were tasty! Explain that
      they are going to make “beautiful Chinese vegetables.” Let them
      decide which ones they want to draw and do 2-4.
   3. Have students cut out their favorite and add to a chart or class book.




MCOE Nutrition Network: Preschool Activity Packet: March 2007   Activities—Page 5 of 9
                     SMALL GROUP ACTIVITIES
                      Peas and Asian Vegetables
                    HM Theme: Growing and Changing
                               Week 4

Plate of Peas            (math)
Book: Little Pea

Objectives:
Students will discuss how peas grow.
Students will describe how many peas are in a pod.
Students will count the peas that they make.

Supplies:
Pictures of snap peas from flash cards or books, green play dough or clay,
small plates

Directions:
   1. Discuss with the class how peas grow inside a pod. Make a pod with the
      green play dough or clay.
   2. Explain to children that they are going to get to make a plate of peas.
      Show them how to roll the play dough into small balls.
   3. Encourage them to make as many as they want. When they are
      finished, they will need to count their peas and write the number on
      their plate.




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                     SMALL GROUP ACTIVITIES
                      Peas and Asian Vegetables
                    HM Theme: Growing and Changing
                               Week 4

Family of Peas in a Pod                    (3-D art)
Objective:
Students will create peas and label who the peas are.
Students will describe how peas grow in a pod.

Supplies:
Green play dough; green construction paper, black construction paper, pink
construction paper, scissors

Directions:
   1. On the green construction paper, show children how to draw a big pea
      pod. Have them cut it out.
   2. Review how peas grow inside the pod.
   3. Using the play dough, encourage children to roll at least 3 balls for
      their pea family: the Papa Pea, the Mama Pea, and the Little Pea. Use
      the pea family to illustrate how the peas grow from Little Pea to Mama
      and Papa Pea.
   4. Using the black construction paper, children can make faces (mouths,
      eyes) to put on their peas.
   5. Encourage children to label their peas.




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                     SMALL GROUP ACTIVITIES
                      Peas and Asian Vegetables
                    HM Theme: Growing and Changing
                               Week 5

Peas and other Vegetables that are Green                                (literacy)
Book: The Monster Who Ate My Peas

Objectives:
Students will brainstorm a list of vegetables that are green and will help to
write the letters in the words.
Students will decide which vegetables grow above ground and which grow in
the ground.
Students will name which vegetables are from Harvest of the Month.

Supplies:
Chart paper, marker

Directions:
   1. After reading and discussing the book, explain to the children that
      they have been reading a lot of stories about peas. Have the students
      describe a pea.
   2. After someone mentions that it is green, list on the Chart paper: Foods
      that are green.
   3. Interactive Writing: Brainstorm a list of foods that are green. Have
      the students decide if the food grows above ground or in the ground.
      Circle the green foods that are from Harvest of the Month
      Examples:
                 peas
                 broccoli
                 spinach



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4. You can make a class book: Foods That are Green and let the children
illustrate each page. Example: Peas are green, broccoli is green, etc.




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   Food Experience Calendar
                 March 2007

Friday   3/2    Taste Test--Peas

Friday   3/9    Pea Salad

Friday   3/16   Taste Test--Asian Vegetables

Friday   3/23   Fruit Flowers

Friday   3/30   Apple Raisin Sandwiches
                           Food Experience Recipes
                                 March 2007
                                      Fri 3/2/07
Taste Test—Peas
1 pound of fresh green peas OR 1 bag (16 ounces) of frozen green peas
1 can (15 ounces) No Salt Added peas
½ pound of fresh sugar snap peas (available in the fresh produce section by bulk or
in 8 ounce bags by the bags of pre-washed lettuce) IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO FIND
FRESH SUGAR SNAP PEAS, YOU CAN PURCHASE A FROZEN (14 OZ) BAG.
½ pound fresh snow peas

Directions:
1. Thaw frozen peas in the refrigerator or in a colander with running warm
   water until they are thawed. Place in a bowl and set aside.
2. Open canned peas and drain. Place in a bowl and set aside.
3. Wash snap peas and snow peas and trim the ends or stems. Place in
   separate bowls and set aside.
4. Place a spoonful of each variety on a plate for each student to taste
5. Discuss the difference in color, texture and flavor between the
   fresh/frozen and canned peas.
6. Discuss the difference between the snow peas and snap peas.
7. Ask the students if they have ever tasted peas before
8. Which is their favorite?
9. Discuss how peas grow.
                                                                   Makes 20 Taste Tests
                                Developed by Merced County Office of Education Nutrition Network




MCOE Nutrition Network: Preschool Activity Packet—March 2007              Recipes—Page 1 of 4
                                      Fri 3/9/07

Pea Salad with Fresh Herbs
1 pound of sugar snap peas
8 ounces snow peas
1 pound of fresh or frozen peas
½ bunch mint, finely chopped (use your mini chopper)
½ bunch cilantro, finely chopped (use your mini chopper)
½ bunch Italian Parsley, finely chopped (use your mini chopper)
1 TBSP olive oil
2 TBSP rice vinegar
1/8 tsp salt

Directions:
1. Wash peas and remove any stems.
2. If using frozen peas, thaw in the refrigerator ahead of time or in a
   colander with running warm water until they are thawed.
3. Combine all peas in large bowl.
4. Blend herbs, oil, vinegar and salt until smooth.
5. Pour mixture over peas and serve.
                                                     Makes 20 (1/4 cup each) Taste Tests
                                                Recipe adapted from www.harvestofthemonth.com




MCOE Nutrition Network: Preschool Activity Packet—March 2007           Recipes—Page 2 of 4
                                      Fri 3/16/07

Taste Test—Asian Vegetables
1 head of Bok Choy
1 head of Baby Bok Choy
6 carrots, cut into 10 coins each
3 daikon roots (if available), cut into 10 coins each
1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1/4 cup grated fresh ginger root

Directions:
1. Show the students the vegetables during the story The Ugly Vegetables.
2. Wash Bok Choy and Baby Bok Choy under running water.
3. Separate leaves, cut into ¼ inch strips and set aside (you can give each
    student a leaf to cut).
4. Scrub carrots and daikon roots well, then cut into coins and set aside.
5. Wash the bell pepper, cut into thin strips and set aside.
6. Wash the ginger root and grate (each student can take turns grating the
    ginger).
7. Place a spoonful of each variety on a plate for each student to taste.
8. Discuss the different vegetables and how they were grown in the story.
    Did they eat them raw or cook them in soup?
9. Ask the students if they have ever tasted the vegetables before.
10. Which is their favorite?
                                                                       Makes 20 Taste Tests
                             Developed by the Merced County Office of Education Nutrition Network




MCOE Nutrition Network: Preschool Activity Packet—March 2007               Recipes—Page 3 of 4
                                      Fri 3/23/07

Fruit Flowers
5 kiwi, sliced into 4 slices each
5 oranges, peeled and sectioned
5 pears or apples (not both) sliced into 10 slices each

Directions:
1. Wash the fruit.
2. Peel the kiwi and slice each fruit into 4 slices.
3. Peel the oranges and divide sections. Slice each section in half.
4. Cut each pear or apple into 10 slices.
5. Place 1 kiwi circle, 2 pear/apple slices, and 4 orange pieces on each plate.
6. Have the students make a flower (center—kiwi, pedals—pears/apples and
   oranges).
7. Discuss the different fruit with the students. Have they tasted kiwi
   before? What does the kiwi look like on the outside? How does it taste?

                                                                       Makes 20 Taste Tests
                             Developed by the Merced County Office of Education Nutrition Network


                                       Fri 3/31/07
Apple Raisin Sandwiches
5 small apple (golden delicious or red delicious)
7 Tbsp peanut butter
½ cup raisins + 2 TBSP

Directions:
1. Wash the apples and cut into eight slices.
2. Place ½ tsp of peanut butter and ½ TBSP raisins on each child’s plate.
3. Allow children to mix the peanut butter and raisins together.
4. Give each child 2 eighths of the apple and have them spread the mixture
   onto the apple slices.
5. Place both slices together to create a “sandwich” and eat.

                                                                       Makes 20 Taste Tests
                             Developed by the Merced County Office of Education Nutrition Network

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                             Preschool Activities Shopping List
                                        March 2007

      Each shopping list is for one class session (unless otherwise noted.)
                        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 3/2/07: Taste Test—Peas
1 pound fresh green peas OR 1 bag (16 ounces) of frozen green peas
1 can (15 ounces) No Salt Added peas
½ pound fresh sugar snap peas
       (available in the fresh produce section by bulk or in 8 ounce bags by the bags of
       pre-washed lettuce) IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO FIND FRESH SUGAR SNAP PEAS,
       YOU CAN PURCHASE A FROZEN (14 OZ) BAG.
½ pound fresh snow peas


Fri 3/9/07: Pea Salad with Fresh Herbs
1 pound sugar snap peas
       (Available in the fresh produce section by bulk or in 8 ounce bags by the bags of
       pre-washed lettuce) IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO FIND FRESH SUGAR SNAP PEAS,
       YOU CAN PURCHASE A FROZEN (14 OZ) BAG.
½ pound fresh snow peas
1 pound fresh or frozen green peas
1 bunch mint, (can be used for AM and PM class)*
1 bunch cilantro, (can be used for AM and PM class)*
1 bunch Italian Parsley, (can be used for AM and PM class)*
1 small bottle of olive oil (one per site)
1 small bottle of rice vinegar (one per site)
1 small container of salt



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Fri 3/16/07: Taste Test—Asian Vegetables
1 head of Bok Choy
1 head of Baby Bok Choy
6 carrots
3 daikon roots (if available)
1 red bell pepper
1 piece of fresh ginger root

Fri 3/23/07: Orange, Apple and Kiwi flowers
5 kiwi
5 oranges
5 pears OR apples
*be sure to purchase the kiwi and pears ahead of time so they can ripen

Fri 3/31/07: Apple Raisin Sandwiches
5 small apple (golden delicious or red delicious)
1 small jar of peanut butter (can be used for AM and PM class)*
1 canister of raisins


Other Materials to Purchase:
Paper Plates: 20 plates X 5 recipes = 100 plates per class session for the month.
Plastic forks for salad/split: 20 forks X 2 recipes= 40 forks per class session for
the month.




MCOE Nutrition Network: Preschool Packet—March 2007         Shopping List—Page 2 of 2

								
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