Fruits and Vegetables


Fruits and Vegetables is a fun lesson that emphasizes the importance of incorporating these foods into your diet. Students will be able to define each of these food groups and explain the difference between the two. They will also discover the health benefits of eating fruits and vegetables.

There are lots of suggestions listed in the “Options for Lesson” section that you could incorporate into the lesson. One idea involves having students create collages using images of various fruits and vegetables. Another idea is to create a skit for students to perform that explains the difference between a fruit and a vegetable.

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What our Fruits and Vegetables lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Fruits and Vegetables teaches students about the differences between foods that fall into these two categories. Students will be able to define and explain what each type of food is. They will also discover some of the health benefits that come from eating fruits and veggies. This lesson is for students in 1st grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade.

Classroom Procedure

Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the yellow box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand. This lesson requires various fruits or vegetables, plastic knives, drawing paper, and colored pencils.

Options for Lesson

In the “Options for Lesson” section of the classroom procedure page, you will find several suggestions for ideas and activities to add to the lesson. One idea is to plan a “Fruits and Veggies Day” (or week), or have separate days for each food group. You could haves students and/or their parents bring a fruit or vegetable dish to share. Another option is to invite a nutritionist to speak with the class and answer questions they have. You could assign each student a different fruit or vegetable to research and later present to the class. Students could also design and create a fruit or vegetable costume to wear on a special day. As another activity, students could collect images of fruits and vegetables and make collages. One more idea is to create a skit for students to perform that explains the differences between fruits and vegetables.

Teacher Notes

The teacher notes page provides an extra paragraph of information to help guide the lesson and remind you what to focus on. It suggests you gather several fruits and vegetables for students to sample throughout the lesson. The blank lines on this page are available for you to write out thoughts and ideas you have as you prepare the lesson.


The Fruits and Vegetables lesson plan includes three worksheets: an activity worksheet, a practice worksheet, and a homework assignment. Each one will reinforce students’ comprehension of lesson material in different ways and help them demonstrate when they learned. Use the guidelines on the classroom procedure page to determine when to distribute each worksheet to the class.


Students will work with a partner for the activity. You will provide each pair of students a fruit or vegetable. Students will write the name of the food they received and describe some of the benefits it has using the content pages. Then they will describe a time when they ate that fruit or vegetable previously, particularly describing its taste.

Next, students will draw a picture of their food on a piece of scratch paper that has as much detail as possible. They can use a separate sheet of paper to create a final drawing. After drawing pictures of the various produce, students will cut them open and draw a second picture of the inside. Finally, they will answer the questions at the bottom of the page.


The practice worksheet contains a list of lots of different fruits and vegetables. Students must determine which are which. They will circle all the foods that are vegetables and underline all the foods that are fruits.


For the homework assignment, students will first rank their favorite fruits and vegetables. The worksheet provides a list of 11 foods for each category in their own tables. Students will rank the foods from their most favorite (1) to least favorite (11) in the first column. If they have never eaten one of the foods, they will write a 0 instead. Then they will have a parent or sibling fill out the second column with their own ranking. The second section requires students to mark eight statements as either true (T) or false (F).

Worksheet Answer Keys

The lesson plan document provides answer keys for both the practice and homework worksheets. For the practice worksheet, the correct answers are in red and green, red for fruits and green for vegetables. The homework assignment shows the correct answers in red for the second section. Students’ answers will vary on the first section of this assignment. If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.

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1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

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