Students will create their own version of an “Eating a Rainbow” book based on their own experiences with foods of different colors.
Estimated Time45 Minutes
- SKL1c. Students will group plants according to their observable features.
- SKL2b. Students will explain the similarities and differences in plants.
- HEK1a. Students will identify healthy food choices.
- HEK2b. Students will identify healthy foods served by the school cafeteria.
- SKL2. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to compare the similarities and differences in groups of organisms.
- b. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how plants can be grouped according to their features.
- Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
- 8.5×11 copy paper (3 per student)
- Coloring supplies (enough for each student)
- Optional: seed catalogs or cooking magazines
- Following the structure of Planting a Rainbow, create a book called Eating a Rainbow. (3 sheets of copy paper folded in half and stapled creates enough pages for the book)
Pg 1 Every day, we eat a rainbow.
Pg 2 We have some red foods
Pg 3 And orange foods,
Pg 4 And some yellow foods.
Pg 5 We eat something green,
Pg 6 And some blue foods,
Pg 7 And some purple foods, too.
Pg 8 And when the day is over, we know we can eat our rainbow again the next day.
- To gather inspiration for different colored fruits and vegetables to include on each page of the book, students can look:
In the cafeteria line
In the school garden
In seed catalogs
In cooking magazines
- Explain to students that the color of plants sometimes indicate the different nutrients that are in them so if we eat a variety of fruits and veggies each day, you’ll get a variety of vitamins and minerals, that will help a variety of parts of your body.
- Optional: Students can track what fruits and vegetables they eat to see how many different colored plants they eat in a day.