Since I focused on fruit one week and vegetables the next week now I’m pulling it all together!  I have some different activities depending on your students’ skill level to incorporate both fruit and veggies.  With several of my groups I read the “I Spy Fruit and Veggie” adapted book.  This book is more challenging because the student has to find both a fruit and vegetable matching the color description on each page.  This book was too difficult for some of my students if they didn’t understand the difference between fruit and vegetables.

Fruit and Vegetable Sort.  I created this Free resource you can use with your students to work on sorting and labeling different fruits and vegetables.  First, I laminated and cut out all the pieces.  For Activity 1, I placed the Fruit and Vegetable signs on the table.  I gave the student a picture of a food item and had the student verbally say the food item or use their AAC system to name the item and then place the picture either under the fruit sign or vegetable sign.

I only used this activity for my student who understand the concept that there is a difference between fruits and vegetables.  I want them to be pretty successful at this task.  If they just keep guessing and placing the food item in a random pile then it is not functional or meaningful.

Activity 2 has the student work on matching the written word to the picture of the item.  I used this activity with some of my student who can read or are functional readers.  You might not use all the fruit and vegetable pictures when using this task.

For example, I have a student who has limited phonological awareness skills and memorizes words.  The teacher and I picked our preferred fruit and vegetable items and had the student focus on matching those 10 pictures to the written word.  This will be more functional for him when looking at a menu or going to the grocery store.  The teacher in this classroom will continue to use this sort with the student during small group instruction so he can learn those words.  Click here for a Free Copy of this resource – Fruit and Vegetable Sort & Labeling

Memory Match – Garden Harvest is a fun game I found which pairs perfectly with my theme.  This game only has 15 pairs (30 fruit and vegetable pictures) which is a nice manageable amount of matches for my students.  I also like this game because it is already set up and the student gets to pull the fruit and vegetable picture out from the garden!  Sometimes with regular memory the cards are all over the table….this game keeps everything nice and organized.

After the student pulls out 2 different cards, I try and have the student name the food item if they can or use their AAC system to name them.  Then the student has to determine if the two items are the “same” or “different”.   If the food items are the same then the student places his/her match on the table.

For some of my student I might have them say the food item and if it is a fruit or vegetable.  Other students we are just working on naming the food item and identifying if the items are the same or different.

This game is also great to work on turn taking and waiting to pull out your food item.  It is hard because my students want to keep pulling out the food items especially if they know where a match is but we focus on only picking “two” pictures and then stopping to identify if they are the same or different.  It a great review of some of the fruit and vegetable vocabulary terms we have been learning this month but in a game form!  Always a win for my students!

Farmer’s Market Color Sorting Set – is a great fruit and vegetable color sorting activity for students.  I used this with my preschool and early elementary groups this week.  I just found this sorting set on Amazon.

There are 5 different color baskets.  We placed all the baskets on the table and identify the color for each basket.  I gave my student one of the food items and he/she had to name the item and then place it in the correct color basket.  It’s also to work on expanding utterance “purple grapes” or “I see purple grapes.”

For my lower functioning students I worked on sorting some of the items by 2 different colors.  The focus was not on naming the food items but simply attending to the food item and placing it in the correct color basket.  You can model “in” as the student puts the food item in the basket.  I do models some of the food items even if the student does not know all the food items.

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