My English class met in the Great Room at the Learning-in-Style school to prepare and eat a fruit salad. We had been studying a unit on Food, and this was a practical way to try out some of what we had learned.
The students went shopping at their regular supermarkets for fruit. They were all asked to bring one piece of fruit to share. They were also reminded that if they could not bring a fruit, to still come to school, as we would have plenty. (We would have the “Fruit of Plenty” instead of the “Horn of Plenty”, or cornucopia.) We’d been looking at a cornucopia on our table all month.
The first direction on our big chart was to wash our hands, then wash our fruit. The students then peeled, cut, or chopped fruit and added it to a huge bowl. We had pomegranate, kiwi, grapes, pineapple, apples, bananas, oranges, and pears. We added vanilla yogurt as the dressing, but had to learn that yogurt was not a fruit.
We learned the word for “delicious” in the languages of the students from Somalia, Djibouti, Gambia, Togo, Mexico, and Ecuador. We talked about making this salad at home for their families and children and how it was a choice for a meal or a snack. We talked about how to make a vegetable salad also.
All the students helped to wash the dishes and clean the tables. And the left over salad was enjoyed by the Staff for lunch. The students then wrote a story about our experience together.
Look for a cake-baking lesson next!
By Teacher Connie, Nov. 2014
Thank you to Judy, who helped us in many ways in the Great Room, and to our Volunteer that day; Connie F.
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