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As part of the Meet Your Vegetables thematic lesson plan, students create vegetable portraits like the Italian painter, while learning how to identify different fruits and vegetables in a healthy diet.
- an assortment of vegetables
- drawing paper
- colored pencils
- black Sharpie markers
- black construction paper (about 11" X 17"), one sheet per student
- copies of the vegetable request letter
After completing the unit plan, students will:
1. Gain the knowledge and skills to select a diet that supports health and reduces the risk of illness and future chronic diseases. ~ Massachusetts Health Curriculum Framework
2. Identify a variety of fruits and vegetables and how they are grown and harvested.
3. Identify the connection between food served in the home with regional food production. ~ Massachusetts Health Curriculum Framework
Gather students together and share some of the Guiseppe Archimboldo images. Have a discussion about what the artist used to create his faces. Explain that students will have the opportunity to create similar faces.
Use a Sharpie to demonstrate how to draw the outline of a vegetable. Use colored pencils to color the vegetable drawings before cutting them out. After washing their hands, give students the opportunity to arrange the vegetables to create faces.
After they've had a chance to experiment with vegetable faces, students can arrange their vegetable drawings on a sheet of black paper to create a portrait. Once they are satisfied with their face, they can glue the drawings to the paper.
- Have students write a grocery list of the vegetables they used in their collage.
- Try using fruits to perform the same activity.
- Are students engaged and on task?
- Do all students have a finished product that looks like a face?