This unit study based on Bread and Jam for Frances is a great unit for pre-school, Kindergarten, and early Elementary students to learn more about healthy eating and nutrition.
The unit includes activities in language arts, science, social studies, math, life skills, p.e., and art.
The downloadable unit is available in the free resource library. The unit includes a printable activities list and nine printable worksheets.
This unit is a great way to introduce picky eaters to the concept of trying new foods.
Read the book once each day as you work through the activities.
- Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban
- Good Enough to Eat: A Kid’s Guide to Food and Nutrition by Lizzy Rockwell
- Printable Unit Study – Available in the Resource Library
Suggested Activities to go with Bread & Jam for Frances Unit Study:
Language Arts – Creative Writing
• Frances likes to make up rhymes. Choose your favorite food and make up a rhyme about it. Set it to music, if you like.
Science – Nutrition
• Discuss the food groups and why it is important to eat a variety of foods.
• Read a nutrition book such as Good Enough to Eat: A Kid’s Guide to Food and Nutrition.
• Do healthy foods worksheet.
• Make a foods book. Use one page for each of the food groups. Write the name of the group on the top of the page. Cut out pictures of foods from grocery ads and paste on the pages.
• Go to the grocery store. Let the child choose a new fruit or vegetable to try. Find out where it is grown and locate that on a map.
Math – Budgeting
• Looking at the grocery ads, plan a balanced, healthy meal and determine how much it will cost to prepare.
Life Skills – Cooking
• Cook the planned healthy meal together.
P.E. – Jump Rope
• Jump rope to some of Frances’ rhymes – or to the one you wrote.
• Study the illustrations in the book. Compare them to illustrations in other books. What make them similar or different.
• Draw a picture of your favorite foods. Color it in like the illustrations in the book.
How to use the Printables in the Unit Study’s Printable Pack:
- My Favorite Food – Draw or paste a picture of your favorite food at the top and write your rhyme on the handwriting lines.
- Healthy Foods Worksheet – Draw a circle around each healthy food.
- Food Groups Sheets – These are for the foods book. Paste pictures of foods from each food group on the correct page.
- Trying New Foods – Draw or glue a picture of the new food you chose to try. Write its name and whether it tastes sweet, salty, sour, or bitter. Fill in the thumbs up or thumbs down icon. Color in the map where the food is grown.
- Menu – Use this page to write the menu for the meal you plan and will prepare. Display it for your family to see.