For this weeks Literacy Snack Idea we’re talking citrus!
Citrus is a huge part of living in Arizona. In fact, it was part of Arizona’s core economy back when we became a state. Known as the 5 C’s, copper, cattle, cotton, citrus and climate. Many residents have citrus trees in their yards and near where we live, there are many citrus orchards still today. With this being said, I really wanted to incorporate this into a literacy snack for our students.
For this weeks Literacy Snack Idea, we’re reading, An Orange in January, by Dianna Hutts Aston.
It’s a great book that shows the lifecycle of an orange and how it gets to the store for you to enjoy.
There’s not too much to this snack this week, but after we have read the book, the students get to enjoy a cutie orange of their own. I choose cuties because they are easy enough for the students to peel them on their own and have no seeds.
I brought in a bunch of pieces of citrus that I had gathered from my own neighbors. We had oranges, lemons and grapefruits. The students got to feel and smell them.
While the students are enjoying their juicy oranges, I created a free printable for them to work on. They will get to write and draw about what their favorite part about an orange is.
You can download the free printable below.
See you next time!