When I was a classroom teacher, every year we would read Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert. It was a great book to use across the curriculum from math to science. We would talk about how seeds grow and how some plants needed to be started indoors before being transplanted (great new vocabulary word) in the garden. We would graph our favorite vegetables and talk about different ways to use the vegetables. My favorite part was the culminating activity: making vegetable soup in a slow cooker. It was a great way for the children to learn how to work together in planning and implementing a recipe that we could all share. In trying to keep it simple and classroom-manageable, we used frozen vegetables that the children chose (and contributed if possible) and some broth as a base. They each added an ingredient and took a turn stirring, and then we just let the slow cooker work its magic until lunch time. You can also use a recipe, such as the one found here.
There are many other books about vegetables that the children in your class may enjoy. A few titles follow.
Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert
Edible Colors by Jennifer Vogel Bass
The Vegetables We Eat by Gail Gibbons
How Are You Peeling? by Saxton Freymann
What’s in the Garden? by Marianne Berkes
As a reminder, don’t forget to wash hands before this activity!
Happy reading, happy cooking, happy eating!