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Tree Foods

Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Name fruits and nuts that grow on trees.
  • Discuss the health benefits of eating fruits and nuts.
  • Recognize trees as a source of highly nutritious food.

Time: 30 minutes

Materials:

Food pyramid poster 

Procedure:

Discuss the health benefits of eating fruits (low in fat and calories, high in fiber, vitamins and minerals) and nuts (high in “good” fats, protein source).

Locate fruits and nuts on the food pyramid poster. Review recommended daily intake of fruits and nuts.

Brainstorm a list of fruits and nuts.

Put a star next to each item on the list that grows on trees.

Going deeper:

  • Make Tree Food Trail Mix with various tree nuts and fruits.
  • Have students log their food intake for a day and identify the tree foods they have consumed.
  • Plan a field trip to an orchard.
  • Plan a field trip to a farmer’s market to identify tree foods and talk to farmers about the foods they grow.
  • If you have a school garden, consider planting a fruit tree.
  • Explore some of the resources in the Educators’ Corner at Harvest of the Month.