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Strawberry Lesson Plan


Songs and Finger Plays and Group Time Activities

Pop Goes The Berries…
(Tune: Pop Goes the Weasel)
All around the strawberry fields,
We picked some juicy berries
We brought them home and washed them off,
Pop! – go the berries!

Graphing Berries…
Make available several types of berries such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries and blackberries. After a tasting party graph everyone’s favorite berry.

Strawberry Patch…
(Tune: Paw Paw Patch)
Where oh where are all the children?
Where oh where are all the children?
Where oh where are all the children?
Way down yonder in the strawberry patch.

Pickin’ up strawberries, put ’em in the basket,
Pickin’ up strawberries, put ’em in the basket,
Pickin’ up strawberries, put ’em in the basket,
Way down yonder in the strawberry patch.

Take the berries home and wash em up
Take the berries home and wash em up
Take the berries home and wash em up
Way down yonder in the strawberry patch!

Slice the berries up and make a pie.
Slice the berries up and make a pie.
Slice the berries up and make a pie.
Way down yonder in the strawberry patch!

Strawberry Game…
Gather a number of strawberries made from either plastic or paper and spread them about the floor. Choose one child to carry a plastic berry basket and collect as many strawberries as he/she can while the other children sing the song below.

Sing the song: (Tune: Paw Paw Patch)
Pickin’ up strawberries, put ’em in the basket,
Pickin’ up strawberries, put ’em in the basket,
Pickin’ up strawberries, put ’em in the basket,
How many strawberries do you have?

After the song is complete count aloud in a chant type voice each berry. Continue until each child has had a turn.

Picked a Strawberry…
(Tune: My Darling Clementine)
Picked a strawberry,
Picked a strawberry
That was growing
In the sun.
Then I washed it,
And I ate it,
And I picked another one.

Plant Study…
Buy a number of strawberry plants from a nursery for the children to examine. Provide magnifying glasses and encourage the children to look at the plants from different perspectives, the top and from the sides, and every part of the plant. After the children have examined the plants, plant them in the ground and hope for some great berries during the year!

Centers

Strawberry Farm…
House corner. Planting and harvesting the strawberries. Berry baskets, straw hats, water hoses, cash register, hoes etc.

Sorting Strawberries…
Copy an assortment of strawberries in small, middle sized and large sizes and three baskets. Have the children sort the strawberries according to size into the proper basket.

Strawberry Toss…
Sew three strawberry shaped bean bags out of red felt. You can dot them with fine-tipped sharpie or if you have more time, you can embroider speckles on it before sewing them together. Find a bushel basket, for the children to toss the bags into.

Strawberry Farm In the Block Area…
Have the children build two buildings from blocks, one the strawberry stand and the other the grocery store. Color and laminate a strawberry patch for pretend picking, truck for delivery of strawberries.

Art

Painting…
Cut a large strawberry shape from white construction paper. Add scented strawberry Jell-o in liquid form (just add cold water) and a few paint brushes. Invite the children to paint their strawberries.

Berry Neat Prints…
Gather up a number of plastic berry baskets, if you ask kindly many grocery stores will give you a few. Have the children dip them in paint & press onto paper for collages.

Strawberry Seed Prints…
Precut large strawberry shapes from red construction paper and have the children dip the fingers into a black ink pad and press to the paper for the seeds.

Cooking

Strawberry Playdoh…
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 package un-sweetened strawberry Kool-Aid
1/4 cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
1 cup water

Mix flour, salt, cream of tartar and Kool-Aid in a medium saucepan. Add water and oil. Stir over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes. When mixture forms a ball in pan, remove. Knead until smooth. Store in a covered plastic container.

Snacks
Peanut butter and strawberry jam sandwiches.
Strawberry short cake.
Strawberry finger Jell-O
Strawberry milkshakes
Serve fruit punch – w/ ice cubes, freeze a strawberry in each ice cube
Strawberry yogurt
Chocolate covered strawberries

Books

Strawberry Farm…
Plan a field trip to a strawberry-picking farm.

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