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Additional Enriching Activity My Life as a Fruit or Vegetable The purpose of this lesson is to provide students with an opportunity to enhance writing skills while simultaneously learning about the production and distribution of fresh produce. Explain to students that the goal of this activity is for each student to write a fictional, creative story about life as a fruit or vegetable. Each story should outline the life of one fruit or vegetable from the farm to the table. 1. Brainstorming. As a class, generate a list of fruits and vegetables. Also, brainstorm a list of questions that students will need to answer as they write their story about the production and development of a specific fresh produce item. Questions that students answer in their stories may include: • From where did I originate? • What is my biological classification? • To what other plants am I related? • How am I planted? • Where am I grown and why? • How am I grown? • What do I look like growing on the plant? • How am I harvested? • How am I transported? • What health benefits do I offer? • What potential problems could I cause, if any? • How am I stored? • How am I prepared/cooked? 2. Select a theme. Ask students to select one fruit or vegetable that will be the main character or theme of their stories. Each student should write about a different fruit or vegetable. Avoid duplicate produce items. 3. Write a rough draft. Using resources compiled by you and your students, and the list of questions brainstormed by the class. Have each student write a story about the life of the fruit or vegetable. The story should be written in the first person narrative, with the fruit or vegetable telling the story. 4. Peer editing. Have students edit each other’s work. Explain to students that this is an important step in the writing process and should be taken very seriously. (Students could be assessed on the editing as well as the writing part of the lesson.) Assign each student a classmate’s rough draft. Tell students to edit for the following: • Proper punctuation • Content • Spelling • Proper sequence (from farm to table) • Accuracy of facts 5. Rewrite a final version. Have students write final versions of their stories. Ideally, the final versions will include illustrations of each phase of the fruit or vegetable’s growth, development, and distribution. Encourage students to illustrate as much as possible. Advise students to include a title page and verso which includes publisher, copyright, etc. Other requirements should be discussed before the final writing phase. 6. Sharing. Have students share their stories with classmates, family, friends, and anyone else who might be interested. For more information and resources to go with this lesson plan, search “My Life as a Fruit or Vegetable” on the Curriculum Matrix at Colorado Foundation for Agriculture 10343 Federal Blvd Unit J Box 224 Westminster, CO 80260 970-818-3308 • The Colorado Foundation for Agriculture is a 501(c)3 non-profit education corporation that works with community stakeholders to help meet our shared vision of advancing agricultural literacy. Our mission is connecting Colorado educators and students to their food, fiber, fuel, and natural resources. Subscribe free to the Colorado Reader The Colorado Reader is an eight-page student activity newspaper available FREE to Colorado educators, thanks to our sponsors. The reading level is geared towards 4th and 5th grade students, however educators across all levels have found the Readers a valuable asset in their classrooms. The Readers are sent in classroom sets of 30 copies and accompanied with an educator’s guide. The Colorado Reader reinforces standards for reading, writing, and communicating, science, math, social studies, and more! Planned topics for the upcoming school year include: Colorado produce, What are Cooperatives?, Renewable energy; Soil, Water, and Air Stewardship, and Colorado beef and nutrition. To learn more about the Colorado Reader or to sign up your classroom for a free subscription for the 2019- 2020 school year, visit: Save the date - 2020 Summer AgriCULTURE Institutes The Colorado Foundation for Agriculture offers a professional development program for educators called the Food, Fiber, and More Summer AgriCULTURE Institutes. These Institutes are five-day courses, designed for teachers. Attendees learn about Colorado agriculture, tour farms, ranches, and food production facilities, and learn innovative, standards- based ways to incorporate food, fiber, fuel, and natural resource topics into academic curriculum. Teachers are able to earn Continuing Education Units or graduate level credits from Colorado State University by completing the course. The 2020 course locations and dates are: • June 15-19, 2020 - Advanced course (201), designed for anyone who has previously attended a Summer AgriCULTURE Institute. This course will be offered on the Front Range. • July 6-10, 2020 - Regular course (101) “Agriculture on the Western Slope” to be held in Grand Junction. Visit for more information on our Agriculture in the Classroom programs and resources.