Fruit and Vegetable Resources
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Food Tasting Resources
The food tasting resources below provide fun fact sheets, tasting instructions for students, words to describe foods, etc. to display on your classroom Smart Board or to assist in classroom discussion/education while tasting a new fruit or vegetable.
Sample Tasting Schedule - Choosing fruits and vegetables for classroom tasting that are in season is a great way to ensure children have a positive experience with a new food. The Fruit and Vegetable Tasting Schedule can be used in the classroom or in the cafeteria to help plan a food tasting to engage students in trying a new food.
Food Tasting Instructions - Since everyone needs to make his or her own decision about how something tastes, food tasting instructions are provided in a printable poster to promote a pleasant food tasting experience for all students.
Strategies and Food Tasting Code - The chance to taste a food many times helps young children to grow into adventurous eaters. Use the tips provided to increase the numbers of great tasters in your school.
Taste Testing Strategies - Action for Healthy Kids has developed strategies to assist schools in implementing taste test opportunities in schools.
Fact Sheets - The more students know about a food, the more willing they may be to try it. Display on the classroom Smart Board or lead a discussion using the interesting facts while tasting a new fruit or vegetable.
- Pick a Better Snack Fact Sheets: http://idph.iowa.gov/inn/pick-a-better-snack/fact-sheets
- Iowa Grown Fact Sheets: Produce Merchandising - .zip file*
Hand Washing Sign - A hand washing sign that encourages the students to wash their hands before eating in a fun and engaging way. Hand washing facts are provided.
Food Safety Tips - Tools include guidance on vegetable preparation, knife cutting, washing produce, etc. to assist with classroom taste testing.
Sample Classroom Food Tasting and Preparation Standard Operating Procedure - Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
Words to Describe Food - A list of descriptive words that students can use to describe the fruits and vegetables they sample in a food tasting. Display the list of words on your classroom Smart Board, or lead a discussion using the descriptive words while tasting a new fruit or vegetable.
Fruit and Vegetable Riddles - From Team Nutrition's Great Garden Detective Resource.
Additional Taste Testing and Evaluating Recipes Resources - From USDA Healthy School Meals Resources webpage from states across the country.
Nutrition Education Resources
Grow It, Try It, Like it! - Preschool - Garden-themed nutrition education kit for child care center staff that includes hands-on activities and introduces children to: peaches, strawberries, and cantaloupe, spinach, sweet potatoes, and crookneck squash.
Discover MyPlate - Kindergarten - Kindergarten teachers can meet education standards for Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Health using the 6 ready-to-go and interactive lessons that practice counting, reading, writing, and more.
Serving Up MyPlate - 1st and 2nd & 3rd and 4th - A collection of classroom materials that helps elementary school teachers integrate MyPlate into Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Health and introduces the importance of eating from all five food groups.
Pick a Better Snack Teacher Lessons - 5 lessons per each grade level K-3rd - Lessons delivered by a classroom teacher designed to increase students’ knowledge of a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.
Great Garden Detective - 3rd and 4th - A curriculum for 3rd and 4th grades that includes bulletin board materials, veggie dice, fruit and vegetable flash cards, and ten issues of Garden Detective News for parents/caregivers.
Dig In! – 5th and 6th graders - Explore a world of possibilities in the garden and on your plate using lessons that engage 5th and 6th graders in growing, harvesting, tasting, and learning about fruits and vegetables.
Nutrition Voyage – 7th and 8th grade - The Quest To Be Our Best takes 7th and 8th grade classes on an exploratory journey into school wellness. Opportunities for students to investigate, participate in a challenge, evaluate, and reflect.
School Promotion of Healthy Eating
Fruit and Veggie Morning Announcements - Fun, “Who Am I?” fruit and vegetable facts that students can try to guess can be read as morning announcements over the school intercom or displayed as health messages on classroom Smart Boards or flat screen TVs throughout the school. Seasonal fruit and vegetable monthly announcements are also included.
Fruit and Vegetable Promotion Ideas - Ideas and suggestions on ways to incorporate fruit and vegetable nutrition education in a fun way that engages students in the classroom or at school events.
Posters - Use to encourage children to make healthy food choices.
- Elementary Posters: http://www.fns.usda.gov/team-nutrition/elementary-posters
- Middle School Posters: http://www.fns.usda.gov/team-nutrition/middle-school-posters
- MyPlate for Kids Poster: http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/myplate-kids-make-half-your-plate-fruits-and-vegetables-poster
- Vary Your Veggies: https://www.educateiowa.gov/sites/files/ed/documents/1415_np_lt_VaryYourVeggiesPoster.pdf
- Estimating Quantities: https://www.educateiowa.gov/sites/files/ed/documents/1415_np_lt_FVPortionPoster.pdf
- It’s Trying a New Vegetable Flyer: https://www.educateiowa.gov/sites/files/ed/documents/1314_np_sm_Kale_postcard.pdf
Activity Sheets - Use to find ideas and tips for students to complete.
- Build a Healthy Lunch: https://www.educateiowa.gov/documents/school-meals/2014/08/coloring-sheet
- MyPlate Kids' Place: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/kids
- Sticker Sheet
Videos and Songs
- MyPlate Videos and Songs: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/kids-videos-and-songs
Pick-a-Better Snack Family Newsletters - Newsletters can be printed and sent home to provide healthy eating, activity ideas, and resources for smart shopping.