Reflection: Routines and Procedures Try Something New: A Nutritious Celebration - Section 2: Exploration


Preparing for this lesson requires both pre-planning and organization. Prior to the Try Something New Party, I send home reminders with the students to remind them about the date of the event and the fruit or vegetable that they have chosen to bring. I also select a few extra fruit and vegetables to bring in myself to ensure we have plenty of foods to taste.

On the day of the party, I have plenty of paper towels, disinfecting wipes, a spray bottle of water, a cutting board, and a sharp knife on hand to ensure that the class is clean and that I can prepare all food samples. I schedule the party after a planning time or lunch break to ensure that I have uninterrupted time to prepare the food samples. Many parents will send in unwashed food or food that has not been cut, peeled, or prepared. I spend about half of an hour preparing food samples before the party. 

For each student, I prepare a plate that has all of the food samples. I arrange all of the plates in the same way so that the fruit and vegetable samples are easy to locate during the tasting activity. I also try to alternate between fruits and vegetables as this helps students both to locate each food and decipher the unique taste of each food.

  Routines and Procedures: Preparing for the Try Something New Party
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Try Something New: A Nutritious Celebration

Unit 3: Human Body Systems
Lesson 8 of 8

Objective: SW try new fruits and vegetables. SWBAT describe their favorite food sample in expository writing using supporting evidence.

Big Idea: Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet.

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