We celebrated Watermelon Day last Friday, and were grateful for a full day of watermelon activities. We know that fresh fruit is a healthy choice to include in the foods we eat daily. We learned that fruit has important vitamins and minerals that keep our bodies healthy and strong. We also learned that nutrition is an important part of Wellness which we study in second grade.
We are learning to read the nutritional labels on the foods we bring for snack and for lunch each day. We look for protein, fat and sugar, as well the vitamins and minerals. We know it is important to make good choices when eating and try to choose “brain food” that helps us think better. This is one of our learning targets. We look at the “My Plate” diagram to see portion amounts we should be eating.
We did watermelon math together and practiced the skills of estimation. We estimated the weight, circumference (= distance around), the number of seeds and the cost of the watermelon. We learned how to use different measurement tools like a ruler, yard stick, tape measurement and scale. After making our estimates we used these tools to get the actual measurements.
Of course, we all enjoyed the eating part of this math activity, and it was an important step to writing poetry using our senses to describe what the watermelon looked like (big and round), tasted like (sweet and juicy), felt like (sticky) and even sounded like (crunch).
Finally, we got to express ourselves and our experience through watercolor painting. We enjoyed doing step drawings together and then explored the beauty of watercolors. What could be better than Watermelon Day? Could it be Pumpkin Day perhaps?