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1 Use the Identification Chart template as a tool to better understand qualities and growing information of the featured fruit or vegetable by allowing students to clearly identify and understand the parts that make up its whole. HOW TO USE IT: The Identification Chart can be used in conjunction with these educator newsletter activities: Taste Testing How Does It Grow? (with the botanical image) Home Grown Facts The Identification Chart supplements students’ knowledge on the fruit or vegetable’s qualities and how it is grown, allowing them to critically identify each part’s function and individual qualities. It may also be used after completing the Harvest of the Month Sensory Cloud activity, when students are most aware of the physical qualities of the featured fruit or vegetable. After a taste test when the students have the featured produce in hand, or following a discussion of the fruit or vegetable’s qualities, ask students to break the fruit or vegetable down into segments (leaf, bean, seed, stem, skin, etc.). It may be helpful to use the Botanical Image (downloadable from to help students learn and identify the different parts of the plant, fruit, or vegetable.www.harvestofthemonth.cdph.ca.gov/EdCorner/botanical.asp As each individual part is named, have students write (or draw) it into the chart. Encourage students to make connections back to the qualities identified in the Taste Testing and Sensory Cloud activities, allowing them to understand the qualities identified earlier. Students can also make connections to lessons learned in Home Grown Facts by observing how the components of a fruit or vegetable contribute to its growing conditions. Students can record these connections in the notes section to the right of the chart. GET STARTED: 1.Customize the Identification Chart template by inserting the name and image of the featured fruit or vegetable on the left side of the chart. Print one copy per student doing the activity. 2.Download and make copies of the featured fruit or vegetable’s Botanical Image from 3.Distribute Identification Charts and Botanical Images. Conduct a group conversation to identify the parts of the fruit or vegetable using the Botanical Image. Have students fill or draw in the parts on the chart, encouraging them to tie these parts to how the plant is grown and its other qualities. ✔ Helpful Hint: If limited on resources to print charts, have students create their own using pencil and paper. IDENTIFICATION CHART

2 Notes [INSERT NAME AND IMAGE OF THE FEATURED PRODUCE]

3 Leaves Flower Head Stalk Petiole Tap Root Secondary roots Usually picked off and trimmed back by farmer Part of the plant you eat Also edible Grows near the surface of soil, very short Shallow roots, requires light irrigation Notes Broccoli SAMPLE Part of stalk that connects the leaf to the stem


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