SOL 10-Love is Like a Cabbage

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 IMG_1064A Cabbage Poster by 5th Graders

Love is Like a Cabbage. Love that little poem I found on hellowkids.com so much that I pasted it at the end of this post. Hope you enjoy it too.

Love is like a cabbage, whether in a hearty winter soup or a cool summer slaw. Who doesn’t like cabbage after all? Many kids who have never had it before, at least that’s what they think.When I asked that exact question at school,”Ewwwww,” was the reply.

Our school has monthly taste testings. They are designed to introduce local healthy foods to our 4th and 5th grade kids. This particular taste testing was cabbage. It was used in two different types of cabbage slaw. One a bit sweet with some local maple syrup and one in an Asian savory cabbage slaw. A local foods market prepares the food and presents the taste testing to our 250+ kids and staff. Taste testings are usually a monthly highlight.

To prepare for our school’s taste testing each month my class researches the vegetable or fruit that is being highlighted. We break up into research pairs and kids choose what they want to learn and share via poster and early morning whole school announcements. Topic choices for this were growing cabbage, how cabbage is good for you, and cabbage recipes. Kids really enjoy this research process. It is what helps them buy into the food to be tasted. Did you know that cabbage is one of the oldest known vegetables with evidence dating back to 4,000 B.C. in China?

Asian Savory Cabbage Slaw won this taste testing by 3:1! Here’s a kid enjoying it so much that he ate his and a classmate’s cabbage slaw as well.

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Love is Like a Cabbage

My love is like a cabbage
Divided into two,
The leaves I give to others,
The heart I give to you.
(poem from hellokids.com)

PS – Last month the vegetable highlighted during our taste testing  was beets. Would you ever imagine kids liking beets? Well they do! When the kids were researching beets they found out that beets have a lot of folic acid in them. That is when they decided that beets would be the perfect baby shower gift! 🙂

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9 thoughts on “SOL 10-Love is Like a Cabbage

  1. Baby shower gift! Oh I would love to see the expression of the expectant mother of may be woefully unaware of the properties of beets. Great way to expose children to foods, specifically vegetables they likely would not even try, let a lone learn to enjoy.

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