- whole fresh pineapple
- chart paper
- markers and crayons
- drawing paper
- knife (for adult use)
- soil and pot for planting
- globe or world map
Objective: Children will develop science, math, language, and literacy skills through hands-on investigations.
- Show the children a fresh pineapple. Pass the pineapple around so that children can feel and smell it. Encourage them to describe the texture, smell, and color of the pineapple. Record their comments on chart paper.
- Where do pineapples come from? Collect books and maps to gather information for children's pineapple explorations. Assist the group in learning about places where pineapples are grown. (If you have Internet access, you can visit Web sites such as www.doleplantation.com.)
- What do you see? Place the pineapple in the center of a table in the art area and invite small groups to create observational drawings.
- What is inside the pineapple? Ask children to predict what the inside of a pineapple looks like. Begin by cutting off the leafy top portion of the pineapple. Place it aside for a planting activity. Slice the pineapple lengthwise into long strips.
- How does a pineapple taste? Cut the pineapple into small pieces for children to enjoy. While they are eating, record their comments on chart paper.
- Can we grow a pineapple plant? Ask children to predict what they think will happen if they plant the top portion of the pineapple in soil. Record their predictions. Invite children to help plant the pineapple in a pot. Plant the bottom of the leaf area in the soil. Add water and place in the sunlight. Prepare a chart with children to record their observations.
Curriculum Connection: LITERACY
How the Pineapple Got Its Name. Invite children to create a folktale to explain how the pineapple came to be. Provide them with drawing and writing materials. Offer assistance if children want to compose their story through dictation. Share the stories during group time and include them in the pineapple study display.
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