Draw and Write Together: The Vegetable I Like Best

  • chart paper
  • marker
  • name cards
  • pictures of leaf and root vegetables 
  • leaf
  • least
  • most
  • root
  • vegetable

MA Standards:

Writing/W.PK.MA.2: Use a combination of dictating and drawing to explain information about a topic.
Mathematics/Counting and Cardinality/PK.CC.MA.5: Use comparative language, such as more/less, equal to, to compare and describe collections of objects.

Head Start Outcomes:

Literacy Knowledge/Early Writing: Uses scribbles, shapes, pictures, and letters to represent objects, stories, experiences, or ideas.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

English Language Arts/Composition 16: Use their own words or illustrations to describe their experiences, tell imaginative stories, or communicate information about a topic of interest.

Draw and Write Together: The Vegetable I Like Best

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STEM Key Concepts: Many foods that animals, including humans, eat come from plants; We eat certain leaves, roots, fruits, and seeds

ELA Focus Skills: Comparing and Contrasting, Concepts of Print (Directionality, Functions of Print, Print Carries Meaning), Math (Counting), Name Recognition, Sequencing, Vocabulary

Display a chart titled “The Vegetable I Like Best” at children’s eye level.

  • Attach the name and picture of five different leaf and root vegetables to the left-hand column.
  • Ask children to identify each vegetable and tell whether it is a leaf or root vegetable.
  • Invite each child to choose the leaf or root vegetable that he or she likes best.
  • Have children take turns taping their name card next to the leaf or root vegetable they like best. The cards should form a row that goes from left to right.

Talk about the completed graph. Have children determine which vegetable is the most liked and which is liked the least. Encourage children to count the number of cards in each row and determine which row has the most number of votes. Ask questions such as,

  • Which leaf vegetable has most name cards after it?
  • Which root vegetable has the least amount of name cards after it?

Social and Emotional Tip: Making group graphs allows children to work cooperatively yet maintain individuality.

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