In this 4th grade lesson, students study the four regions of California and what is grown in each area. We resourced a California map from cfbf.com to locate where different crops are grown. Students prepare a fall fruit salad with pomegranates, apples and...
Cantaloupe mint agua fresca
In this recipe, students cut, chop and blend fresh cantaloupe into a delicious thirst quenching drink. The type of fruit used could be coordinated with the study of a particular culture. Melon, watermelon, lime, hibiscus, guava, tamarind or strawberries may be used in a lesson about Mexican history and culture.
*Recognize the peak season of melon as late summer & early fall.
*Identify when melon is ready to eat.
*Learn about different types and varieties of melon.
*Discuss that North American cantaloupes are grown in the US, Mexico and parts of Canada.
*Recall that cantaloupe originated in Persia, India & Africa.
*Define the term agua fresca (fresh water in Spanish).
*Use the proper technique of preparing a traditional agua fresca.
*spoon to scoop seeds
*measuring cups and spoons
Ingredients (please see recipe attached)
*please see recipe attached
At the Opening Circle
*Display different varieties of melon to discuss and/or taste.
*Ask students to hold melon to be familiar with the feel and smell of a ripe melon.
*Show how to properly cut and prepare a melon.
At the Closing Circle
*Group discussion on descriptive words to describe the way the agua fresca tastes and recipe ideas for more fruit combinations.