This lesson is a fun and engaging way to talk about what you should fill your plate with.
What's on Your Plate: California Department of Education Fruit and Veggie Card Games
This is a game we play several times during the What's on Your Plate Class? (9 week food centered curriculum for all 6th graders). It can be a 5-20 minute activity. It is high interest and very engaging.
Get a group of related cards together. See the list below for possible groupings. Have on student sit on the 'hot seat' (a stool), and put a card behind the student's head so they cannot see the image, but the rest of the class can. The rule of the game is that each students can only give a one word clue. The student on the hot seat calls on a student (with a hand up), to get a clue, this continues until the student solves the mystery. the student that give the word that allows the student to guess the correct fruit/vegetable is the next student to be on the 'hot seat'.
- One word clues only
- Do not use a word that rhymes with the answer as a clue, for example: tango/mango, or bunion/onion
- Only the person on the person that is called on by the 'hot seat' can give a clue
- Cannot use any part of the anwer... straw/strawberry
- Can't use a different language to say the same thing fresa/strawberry
- No hand gestures
- Seasonal fruits and veggies (Lots of possible combinations)
- Orange Foods (see photo above)
- Tropical Fruits
- Roots & Tubers we eat
- Stems we eat
- Leaves we eat
- Flowers we eat
- Dried Fruits
- Legume Family
- Things that grow in the school garden
Have the students guess what the cards have in common. Then there is mini-lesson potential for nutrition that can work for the majority of the categories, with the exception of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Nutrition facts are on the back of the cards.
ex. orange foods... Vitamin A and C