Fruit and Vegetable Tasting Day

Today each student in Room 9 brought one piece of fruit and one piece of vegetable to school.

We spent a lot of the day working with these fruit and vegetables.

For SESE we looked at whether each piece of fruit or vegetable was rough or smooth, and we sorted them into the colours of the rainbow and also into whether they are grown in Ireland or not.

Our classification for fruit and vegetable was based on which section of a shop you can buy it in, but we looked into which really are fruit and which really are vegetables.  Vegetables are the roots or stems of the plants, but fruit come from the flowers of the plants and usually have pips, seeds or stones in them.  Actually, many of the foods we class as vegetables are really fruits.

For MATHS we looked at whether each piece is shaped like a sphere, like a cylinder, or was ovaloid. We sorted them according to size (small, medium and large).  We decided (with the help of a balance) whether each piece was light or heavy.  There were some surprises there, but when we realised that fruit that are hollow on the inside usually weigh less than pieces that are solid on the inside, we were much better at predicting whether they belonged in the heavy or in the light group.  We also sorted them according to whether they roll, slide or stack.  We had no time to make a data chart out of the fruit and vegetables, though we would have liked to.

For LITERACY we sorted the pieces into how many syllables were in their names, and we will put the fruit and the vegetables into alphabetical order.  We also spent a long time focused on the oral language involved in our sorting.

Finally came the really interesting and fun part.  We got to taste everything.  Actually, it was a challenge.  We tried to taste absolutely everything and there was a prize for anyone who tried absolutely everything.  There were a lot of prizes won.  Well done everyone!