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BLAST Elementary Thematic Program
Food from Around the World

(March and April 2006)

 

Animal Snackers

Ever wonder what your pet fish daydreams of eating? What about a gorilla or a raccoon's favorite brunch? In this program students will have the opportunity to discover what animals eat through stories, songs, informational text, and reader's theater. Students will also have a chance to "play with their food" through a hands on activity.
Recommended for grades K-1.

Fiction Books:

Anderson, Derek
Gladys Goes Out to Lunch

Gladys the gorilla is tired of eating nothing but bananas, until the day she smells something wonderful that lures her from the zoo in search of a new treat.
 
Lloyd, Sam
Yummy Yummy! Food for My Tummy!

Two monkeys on neighboring islands want to get together for banana milkshakes, but first they must figure out how to avoid the threatening sharks that live between their two homes.
 
McFarland, Lyn Rossiter
Mouse Went Out to Get a Snack

A hungry mouse finds a tableful of delectable morsels in quantities which illustrate counting from one to ten.
 

Poetry Books:

Lewis, Betsy
Animal Snackers

Short poems describe the eating habits of many different kinds of animals.
 

Informational Text:

 
Arnold, Caroline
Mealtime for Zoo Animals
j QL77.5.A8 1999
Photographs and simple text describe the wide variety of foods eaten by animals in the zoo.
 
Allen, Nancy Kelly
Whose Food is This?
j QL756.5.A46 2005
 

Quick Standards:

1.6. A&B.-Speaking and Listening

Websites:

www.pittsburghzoo.com See what animals are dining on at the Pittsburgh Zoo!

http://www.coloring.ws/animals.html Color pages that go along with "Animal Snackers" activity.

http://www.betsylewin.com Website all about the author, Betsy Lewin. Check out what animal book she will come up with next!

Craft materials:

  • paper plates
  • animal cut outs
  • food cut outs
  • glue
  • scissors
  • crayons

Activity:

Talk with students about how koalas eat eucalyptus, squirrels eat acorns, rhinos eat grass, leaves, twigs and shrubs, raccoons eat trash, and anteaters eat ants! Provide students with handouts with popular animals and another hand out with the food the animals eat. Students will color and cut out animals and food and paste them together for their own fantastic picnic.

 

Favorite Foods Around the World

Pizza! French Fries! Bacon! These are a few our favorite foods at the library! In this program students will learn about popular food in America and all around the world. Students will learn what different cultures eat through stories, songs, informational text, reader's theater, and a hands on activity.
Recommended for grades 2-3.

Fiction Books:

Compestine, Ying Chang
The Story of Chopsticks

When Kłai cannot get enough to eat, he begins using sticks to grab food too hot for the hands, and soon all of China uses Kłai zi, or chopsticks.
 

Poetry Books:

Aylesworth, Jim & Stephen Gammell
The Burger and the Hotdog

A girl provides a lighthearted account of the spring floods at her rural home.
 

Informational Text:

Gregoire, Maryellan
Morning Meals Around the World

Discusses the variety of foods people around the world might have for breakfast.
 
Zurakowski, Michele
Snack time Around the World

Discusses the variety of foods people around the world might have for snacks.
 

PA Academic Standards:

1.6. A&B.-Speaking and Listening

Websites:

http://kidchef.com Kid Chef- Where Kids rule the kitchen!

http://www.songsthatteach.com/activities/snacks.html A song all about favorite kids' snacks from around the world!

 

Just the Facts! Reading Your Way Through Informational Text

In this program students will learn what is special about informational text books and how it is different from fiction. Using the book Look What Came from China by Miles Harvey, students will explore important features of informational text such as: the table of contents, glossary and index. Students will also discover entertaining facts about China. Did you know that fortune cookies were not invented in China? The tasty treat originated right here in America! Recommended for grades 4-5.

Fiction Books:

Compestine, Ying Chang
The Story of Chopsticks
When Kłai cannot get enough to eat, he begins using sticks to grab food too hot for the hands, and soon all of China uses Kłai zi, or chopsticks.
 

Informational Text:

Harvey, Miles
Look What Came From China
j DS721.H323 1998
Describes many things, both familiar and unfamiliar, that originally came from China, including inventions, food, tools, animals, toys, games, musical instruments, fashion, medicine, holidays, and sports.
 
Lee, Huy Voun.
1, 2, 3, Go!
j PL1171.L328 2000
An introduction to Chinese writing describing the construction, meaning, and pronunciation of simple characters used for a variety of words and the numbers one through ten.
 

PA Academic Standards:

1.6. A&B.-Speaking and Listening

Websites:

Online Chinese Tools
Find out how to write your name in Chinese.

Craft Material:

  • Hand outs for China book
  • Chop stick kits
  • Origami paper
  • circle patterns
  • Fortune slips
  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Evaluations (for a select number schools
  • Books

Activity:

Chopstick pick up: Students will be given a baggie filled with random items to try to pick up with a set of chop sticks. Baggies can include paper clips, a penny, rubber bands, and other small objects.

Fortune cookies: Students will make their own fortune cookies folded out of origami paper while they marvel that fortune cookies really do not come from China! Each student will receive a square of origami paper, a circle pattern and scissors. Students will trace the circle and cut it out. Next they will fold it into a fortune cookie. Students will be given a slip of paper to make up fortunes on.