Activity: Estimating fruit and vegetable servings
• 1-Cup measuring cup
• Several whole fruits and
vegetables cut up into small pieces
•Foods that visibly combine fruits
and vegetables with other foods, such as vegetable pizza or salad
•Plates to put the cut-up pieces
of fruits and vegetables
1. Cut up some of the fruits and
vegetables and place different amounts of them on plates. Record how many
servings of each fruit or vegetable you are placing on each plate.
to the students that estimating servings of fruits and vegetables by
looking at them is an easy way to keep track of your daily servings when
you do not have the recipe to look at.
sure that the students recall that 1 cup = 1 serving
the students that 1 cup is approximately the size of a baseball. If the serving, whole or cut-up, is about
the size of a baseball, it is 1
serving. Make sure that students know how to distinguish between size and weight.
around the baseball so that the students can get a feel for its actual
you get the baseball back, put it out of the students’ view.Have the students estimate how many
servings of fruit or vegetables are in each sample.
•Carry it or pass it around the
room so that the students can get a close look at it.
•Ask students how many servings
they believe are in the sample.
•Reveal the correct answer.
Measure the samples of cut-up fruits and vegetables with a 1-cup measuring cup.