Introducing the Food Theme
The Edible Pyramid Loreen Leedy
Gregory the Terrible Eater Mitchell Sharmat
Eating the Alphabet Lois Ehlert
Potluck Anne Shelby
Today is Monday Eric Carle
One Hungry Monster Susan O'Keefe
Alphabite Charles Reasoner
This is the Way We Eat Our Lunch Edith Baer
Lunch Denise Fleming
Monster's Lunch Box Marc Brown
Make a Food Pyramid Puzzle ( laminate a poster and cut into puzzle
Make a Colors of Food book (for example A banana is yellow.; An apple is red; I use Print Shop or Print Artist graphics and print them out "coloring book style") I make a book for each child to color and to use for guided reading.
Make a chart of foods and their colors; make a class big book using the chart.
After reading Potluck, Eating the Alphabet and Alphabite, make a class Food Alphabet Book.
Make individual paper plate books
and bind. (1st page: child's face, My name is ___________. 2nd page: My
name begins with ____. 3rd page:
I like __________. (a food that begins with the same letter as the child's name.)
Make an Our Potluck Dinner mural
using paper plates (Sentence structure:
___________ brought ___________. Name and food begins with the same letter. ex. Sarah brought salad.)
List all foods in Potluck and categorize.
After reading Gregory the Terrible Eater (it is also a Reading Rainbow program #ll), use magazine pictures and make a collage of the foods that Gregory liked. Give each child a a paper plate to take home; ask parents to glue real junk on the plate (coke cans, candy wrappers, etc.) Set up a table in the classroom and label the junk.
Set up a grocery store, pizza parlor or restaurant in the Dramatic Play area, use lots of props for the one you choose, (money, menus, grocery ads, order pads, telephone, play food).
After reading One Hungry Monster, make a list of foods the monsters ate.
Make a food dictionary to place in the Writing Center.
Use food pictures to classify
in a variety of ways:
-foods you eat hot or cold
-foods you eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner
-where foods grow (vines, in the ground, trees)
-foods you can eat raw/cooked
-foods from animals/not from animals
-foods you like/don't like
Use lists from the classification
activities as writing activities:
We get _____________from trees, vines, etc.
I eat _________ raw and ________ cooked.
My favorite foods for (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, etc.) are __________ and _________.
Strega Nona Tomie de Paola
Strega Nona's Magic Lessons Tomie de Paola
More Spaghetti, I Say Rita Gelman
Wednesday is Spaghetti Day Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Noodles Sarah Weeks
Sort and classify pasta in a variety of ways.
Make sets of pasta.
Make pasta patterns.
Read Noodles, bring in various shapes.
Measure Strega Nona, Big Anthony
and the pasta pot using wagon wheel
and shell pasta.
Make pasta pots using task cards. (Make a pasta pot shape from construction paper, make task cards using different shapes of pasta and different amounts) Have students glue pasta onto the pots.
Make pasta task cards to create sets/graphs.
Make a pizza number book.
Use task cards to make a paper plate pizza (cut out red circles for pepperoni pieces, yellow yarn pieces for cheese, green squiggly pieces for bell pepper, small black circles for olives) Have students color the paper plate to look like a pizza.
Pepperoni Pizza Game - place 20 red circles on a round piece of laminated brown construction paper. Students roll a die and remove circles.
Make a large pizza as an art activity.
Sing "I Wish I Were a __________ Pizza," substituting various pizza toppings.
Use "I Wish I Were a ________ Pizza" as a pocket chart activity.
Make a graph of student's favorite pizza toppings.
Make miniature biscuit pizzas using canned biscuits, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, oregano and pepperoni.
The Best Sandwich Ever Rita Gelman
The Giant Jam Sandwich John Vernon Lord
Bread and Jam for Frances Russell Hoban
Jamberry Bruce Degan
Peanut Butter Jelly Natalie Wescott
A Monster Sandwich Joy Cowley
Growing Vegetable Soup Lois Ehlert
Mean Soup Betsy Everitt
Stone Soup Marcia Brown
Chicken Soup with Rice Maurice Sendak
The Wolf's Chicken Stew Keiko Kasza
Monkey Soup Louis Sachar
Stone Soup Ann McGovern
Ice Cream Soup Gail Herman
Make a class sandwich book. (provide a construction paper bread shape, various colors of construction paper, scissors, glue) On the bottom of "sandwich" _________ made a sandwich of _________, ________, and
After reading Bread and Jam
for Frances; have a bread and jam taste test.
Graph favorite jams/jellies.
Graph peanut butter preferences.
Make a bowl of alphabet soup (use bowl pattern and alphabet noodles)
Make a mural of vegetables growing in the garden.
Make stone soup using a smooth clean stone.
Make a "Favorite Soups" graph.
Read/reread The Wolf's Chicken Stew when celebrating 100 Day.
Read a Chicken Soup with Rice
poem each month.
Tony's Bread Tomie de Paola
Walter the Baker Eric Carle
Bread, Bread, Bread Ann Morris
The Funny Little Woman Arlene Mosel
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Laura Numeroff
If You Give a Moose a Muffin Laura Numeroff
If You Give a Pig a Pancake Laura Numeroff
Gator Pie Louise Mathews
The Little Red Hen Lucinda McQueen
Pancakes, Pancakes Eric Carle
Jake Baked the Cake B.J. Hennessey
The Missing Tarts B.J. Hennessey
The Doorbell Rang Pat Hutchins
Make an If You Give a Mouse a Cookie storyboard.
After reading Bread, Bread, Bread, bring in various types of bread for students to sample.
Make butter using whipping cream.
Make sets of cookies from salt dough to use to sort, make sets and graph.
Read and compare/contrast different versions of The Little Red Hen.
Make a "Jobs at the Bakery" class book. Have each child decide what job they would like to have.
Fruits and Vegetables
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle
Eating Fractions Bruce McMillan
The Little Mouse, The Big Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear
Audrey and Don Wood
Each Peach Pear Plum Janet and Alan Ahlberg
Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present Charlotte Zolotow
Tops and Bottoms Janet Stevens
One Potato Sue Porter
Make watermelon slices from paper plate halves (use watermelon seeds or
black seeds for the seeds).
Make fruit salad.
Use stencils to make stuffed fruits and vegetables to hang from the ceiling.
Weigh potatoes, apples, oranges,
etc. using balance scales and teddy bear
Grow a sweet potato plant (place a sweet potato in water).
Tell The Very Hungry Caterpillar as a flannel board story.
Classify the vegetables grow in Tops and Bottoms.
Make a class book of fruits and vegetables.
Poems and Songs
Mix a pancake,
Stir a pancake,
Pop it in the pan.
Fry the pancake,
Toss the pancake,
Catch it if you can.
Jelly on the plate,
Jelly on the plate,
Jelly on the plate.
ABCDE Fresh apples from the tree
FGHIJ Big red lobsters from the bay
KLMNO From underground, potatoes
PQRST Tuna fish from the sea
UVWXY From the bakery, cherry pie
ZZZZZ Food is great, we all agree!
I'd Like to be a Pepperoni
(sung to I Wish I Were a Oscar Mayer Weiner)
I wish I were a _____________ pizza,
That is what I'd really like to be.
For if I were a ______________ pizza,
Everyone would want to eat me!
(fill in the blanks with your favorite pizza toppings)
I can make a sandwich.
I can really cook.
I made up a recipe
that should be in a book.
Take a jar of peanut butter,
Give it a spread.
Until you have covered a half a loaf of bread.
Pickles and pineapple,
salami and bologna
and a half a pound of ham.
Pour some ketchup on it,
Mix in the mustard well,
It will taste delicious
if you don't mind the smell.
Sing a Song of Big Mac
(sung to I'm a Little Teapot)
Sing a song of Big Mac
Two all beef patties,
Very well done.
Onions, pickles, lettuce,
Cheese and special sauce.
Please don't burp and please don't slurp,
Or mother will be cross!
Sing a Song of Pizza
Sing a song of pizza,
Put on lots of bacon,
Some anchovies please.
When the pizzas baked,
We all begin to eat.
Isn't that a gooey dish,
To carry down the street?
Thematic units for Kindergarten Kristin Schlosser
One Potato, Two Potato Anne Cotton and Fran Martin