Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Our First Nutrition Class

 Mara, Common Threads Farm Garden Educator visited us today for our first nutrition class! 

Today's lesson was focused on identifying and labeling plant parts, naming the parts of different plants we eat, preparing a special vegetable "burrito," and using observations to describe foods we eat rather than sharing our opinions about taste. 

What are fruits we eat? 
What are flowers we eat? 

 Now it's time to classify these plant parts. Are they seeds, roots, stems, leaves, flowers, or fruits?

 Now the REALLY fun part begins. Let's prepare a special "burrito" using ONLY parts of plants to make it!

Yum! Shredded apples and beets, chard stems, kale or lettuce leaves and...sunflower seed butter! They were (mostly) a hit. 

Thank you Common Threads Farm for choosing us to be one of the schools you work with. We really value the service you provide our children and our community. 

Please comment! 

What is something you learned today about plant parts or eating plants? 

What are your favorite plant parts to eat?

What are kinds of flowers, seeds, roots, stems, leaves we eat? 

What observations can you make about food textures and tastes (instead of saying "I like that food" or "That's gross!")? 


  1. Dear fourth grade,
    I really liked the nutrition class we learned about parts of the plant.
    From Benjamin,

  2. Dear 4th graders,
    I like to eat the fruits because they are sweat and sour at the same time I only ate the kale and the sunflower seed peanut butter. Because I’ve tasted beat and it tastes like over roasted broccoli.

  3. Dear Mr.Pahl,
    My favorite plant parts to eat are the fruit (and sometimes the leaf). I like the fruit because I love fruits of all kinds. Like strawberry’s oranges etc. I also like the leave because it tastes delicious well sometimes.
    From Eli

  4. Dear Mara,
    Thank you for coming to our fourth grade class and teaching me that you can eat on some plants the flower, stem, root, and leaf.
    From Silas

  5. Dear viewers,
    I think it is a good to have nutrition in my class because not only that it’s good for you, you can also learn more about food and healthy living and try food you never tasted before or try new recipes.

  6. Dear 4th grade,
    Some flowers we eat are maybe hibiscus because in California we eat the nectar from the hibiscus. Where we get the nectar is from the pistil in the middle of the hibiscus. Hibiscus is very sweet in California because there is a lot of sun and water from a house or a hose would be fine to water the hibiscus.
    From, Annabella

  7. Dear Mr. Pahl,

    I like that we even have a chance of nutrition class because it is good for to get a solid foundation in learning on food. Why not learn what is healthy, right
    Sincerely, Charlie from Sunnyland school 2013

  8. Dear Mr.Pahl,
    I like all the plant but the one I like the butter
    From brody

  9. Dear Mr. Pahl,

    Some kinds of flowers that we eat are Cauliflower and Broccoli. Also, some kinds of seeds we eat or can make into something else are pumpkin seeds, popcorn kernels and pomegranate seeds. Last but not least, a leaves that we eat are mint leaves.

    Sincerely, Miranda

  10. Dear Mr. Pahl,
    My favorite plant part to eat is probably the stem because celery and kohlrabi are both stems. Also I like broccoli stems.
    Sincerely, Tim

  11. Dear fourth grade students,
    Here’s a question for yeh, why do you like nutrition class? What is your favorite part? Mine is learning all the good foods!
    Bye-bye, Charlie


  12. Dear Mr. Pahl
    Eating healthy food is great for you. Its good for your body because It will give you energy and be stronger and if you eat a lot of healthy food . You should not eat juke food everyday because you might get fatter everyday. Today I learn that we can eat steam and leaves too.

  13. Dear Everyone,
    Sunny Land 4th graders are every lucky to have a Nutrition class. Because we are the one of the 4 schools that only have a Nutrition class. And if we don’t have a Nutrition class we won’t have a chance to learn and try differed food to eat and try. And we get to learn differed parts of a plant and learn that we eat way differed kind of food and that we eat flowers, roots, leafs, fruit, and the stems. There are so many learning kids can learn so I believe that all schools should have Nutrition class.
    By: Elizabeth

  14. Dear class,
    I really think we should have nutrition class because 1. It’s fun. 2. We learn. 3. We eat! My favorite part… so yeah I think it’s a very GREAT opportunity to do nutrition.

  15. Dear 4 graders
    The videos Mr. Pahl made are the best and helpful and when Mara was here we got to eat different kinds of food.

  16. Dear Mr. Pahl, I really liked the idea of learning about health an vegetables and fruit ! Also it could help others like if some people in Mrs. Avera’s or in our class room that are eating a lot of junk and this can help them realize that they need to eat healthy . Also I thought it was really awesome learning about fruit and vegetables. Also sense thanks giving is coming up I’m going to say that I am thankful for Mara coming to teach us about health. Best Wishes , Hannah

  17. Dear students,

    I think you guys should eat healthy food like strawberry's apples and grapes and more but what you guys made was healthy.


  18. Dear Class,

    I am glad you guys liked the snack we had. It was a pleasure having Mara there teaching us about all of the good food to eat. Why or why not is it good to eat nutritious food?
    Sincerely, Evyn

  19. What fruit do we eat .We eat apples and bananas


  20. Dear Mara,
    I know what flowers, fruits, leaves, stems, and roots we eat!: apples, mint, broccoli, and carrots! There’s much more but those are just examples…
    From, Alanis

  21. Dear Mr. Pahl

    Thank you Mr. Pahl for posting videos on the whole class blog and for helping kids get better like me thank you for all the help.

  22. Dear Mr.Pahl,
    I really enjoy eating grapes and carrots and lots more. My favorite part of the grape is the juice. Same with the carrots.

  23. Dear 4th graders,
    We did a great job organizing the parts of a plant. It was a little hard because we didn't know what some of them are, but we learned what they were!


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