Five Fruity Questions

 

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Ages/Grades:
Language Development; Science Knowledge
Learning Domains:
Social Studies (Family & Community); Creative Arts (Drama); Language Development
Materials Needed:

Paper bag or small container
4 or more different types of fruit
Set the Stage:
Whole group or small group

Fruit bowl image 1This activity introduces children to the defining features of different fruits. Children will build their “sensory” word vocabulary, concept knowledge and question-asking skills. In this game, they also will learn how to take turns and practice their deductive reasoning.

Introduce the activity by telling the children that this is a question game. If you use the word “guessing” game, children will start shouting out guesses before you even begin. Tell the children that you have a fruit in your bag and they cannot say what it is until they hear the answers to 5 questions.

Try a practice session first. Show children an apple, orange, and lemon. Talk about the colors, the shapes, the tastes, how you eat it (peeled, sliced, whole), how it grows, etc. This will give children practice in asking purposeful questions. You can adjust the types of questions based on your students’ existing background knowledge.

​​What color is it?
How does it taste?
Is it small or big?
Does it have seeds or a pit?
Is the skin smooth?
Does this fruit grow on a tree?

Five Fruity Questions Game: Put a whole piece of fruit in a bag or container that is not see- through. Children can take turns asking questions. Just remember - no guessing until all the information is revealed!