"Ms. Marin, how come we call cucumbers vegetables but they are really fruits?" This question, and many more like it, emerged when we integrated a strong science component into Kindergarten's "Our Bodies, Our Selves" curriculum this fall.
While students explored how to make healthy food choices for their body using the state's required "Healthy Plate" curriculum in class, they learned about the main six plant parts and why they are important to both plants and people with Ms. Marin in their Environmental Education enrichment. Kindergartners caught on quickly- to the names and function of the different plant parts, but also to the incongruities between the language we use for plants when we are using our "science smarts" and when we are using our "healthy plate smarts".
It's true, many of the foods we casually call vegetables are actually fruits, scientifically speaking. And, seeds are called grains or proteins, depending on what kind of seed it is. Together, we figured this out and then made a book about it to teach others.
Check out these digital books our Kindergarten classes created about the science of healthy food choices. You might learn a thing or two!