Are you looking for a way to jazz up your letter “L” lesson plan? Perhaps you are working on compiling a list of activities for a unit on lemons and other citrus fruits. Either way, you may find the following suggestions helpful:
You may want to start off your lesson plan by talking about a lemon’s life cycle. As part of the discussion, you could teach the children how to germinate lemon seeds. If you have never germinated lemon seeds before, there are detailed instructions available on the New Mexico State University’s website.
You may want to consider pairing the initial discussion with the “Coloring In: Lemon” diagram and lemon tree coloring page too. The diagram is posted on the Paramount Citrus website whereas the other handout is available through the Super Coloring website. The diagram includes such vocabulary words as stem, pith, pulp and peel.
Afterward, you may want to engage the children in a few science experiments. For example, you could let the kids create invisible artwork with lemon juice or blow up balloons with a baking soda mixture. You can find instructions for completing those experiments posted on the Longest Lemonade Stand website.
I’d also suggest letting the kids complete the “Taste Map” experiment posted on the Education website. It is designed to teach the kids about their sense of taste. You could use it as a stepping off point to a discussion about the differences between sweet and sour foods. There is even a rhyme that you could pair with the experiment. The rhyme is titled “The Lemon is Sour” and you can find a copy of it posted on the Twiggle Magazine’s website.
Geography and History
Next, you may want to talk about where lemons are cultivated and the history surrounding the fruit. For instance, you could hang a map of the world onto your classroom’s bulletin board and put yellow push pins on India and Florida. Then you could talk about how lemons made their way around the globe and were used by pirates to prevent illness. You may even want to have the kids complete the “Lemon in Spanish” handout available through the Education website.
Dramatic Play, Songs and Rhymes
Later on, you could give the children homemade pirate patches and lemon cut-outs that they could take to the dramatic play area. They could use them to act out the song “Choose Some Fruit.” It talks about vitamins and is perfect for pretend rowing exercises. Other works to consider teaching the kids are “Lemons in the Bowl” and “Rainbow Fruit Bowl.”
From there, you may want to think about transitioning into a language arts segment. One way to do that is to give the children worksheets like “Letter Dot-to-Dot: L” or “L is for Lemon.” You can make as many customized lemon worksheets as you like using the software provided on the Twisty Noodle website.
Don’t forget to include a handful of math activities too. You could have the kids complete a “Count “Em Up: Lemon Addition” worksheet or count real lemons. If you do decide to use real lemons, you could take the leftover fruit and help the kids make lemonade for snack time.
I should also mention that there is a nifty lemon inspired game board that you could use too. It is posted on the Tools for Educators website. You can use the site’s software to customize the game board any way that you wish.
To use the game board, give the kids a set of large dice and a box of Lemonhead Candies. They can use the candies as place markers. Then have them roll the dice and move their candies around the game board. The child that reaches the end of the board first could be given a lemon scented sticker.
Source: Personal Experience
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