Our “harvest of the month” is strawberries, and I tried out a new idea this year that worked well. Fifth grade students were split in groups that switched halfway through the lesson. One group worked on potting strawberry runners; the other transferred 30 strawberry facts on to paper cutouts, which I later laminated and attached to skewers. We also feasted on local strawberries, since ours aren’t quite ready.
Later the kindergarten students hid the strawberries as part of their lesson (which included finger plays, watering, observing strawberry plants and of course eating!)
Still later, second grade students went on a strawberry scavenger hunt to fill in the missing blanks on this “quiz” pasted into their journals.
1. It takes about_____days for a flower to turn into a fruit.
2. Strawberries are delicate and must be picked__________.
3. The Spanish word for strawberries is _________.
4. Strawberries are in the__________ family.
5. There are about ______species of strawberry plants.
6. Strawberries produce “runners” or __________ that produce new “daughter” plants.
7. Strawberries like ____________days and ____________ nights.
8. Strawberries are usually the first fruit to ripen in the________.
9. On average, there are ____________ tiny seeds on every strawberry.
10. Strawberries are the only fruit that wears seeds on the ____________.
11. Strawberries have lots of vitamin _________.
12. Strawberries are perennials. This means they live more than ________________.
Afterward, I “planted” all of the signs in one of the strawberry beds for an ongoing educational display. I think it’s a sweet touch!