LANA Preschool Program

Learning About Nutrition Through Activities (LANA)

Theme Units Overview

Once each month during the LANA Preschool Program, a week-long curriculum theme unit is offered in place of your usual curriculum. These six theme units incorporate the weekly cooking and tasting activities with fruit and vegetable-themed stories and other special activities to help children experience fruits and vegetables in exciting new ways.

The theme units also include special materials to share with families. As a part of theme week activities, families will receive:

  • A Parent Letter
  • A Take-Home Tasting Kit
  • A new issue of the “Parents Talk” brochures

The six LANA Preschool Program curriculum theme units are:

Theme Unit

Purpose

Sample Special Activities

1. Eating the Alphabet 

  • Fruits and vegetables are fun to eat!
  • We recognize and learn about different fruits/vegetables.
  • We can taste and try new kinds of fruits and vegetables.
  • Set up a grocery store for dramatic play
  • Make an alphabet collage
  • Make fruit basket as take home present

2. Vegetarian Animals 

  • Some animals like to eat fruits and vegetables.
  • Some animals have a favorite fruit or vegetable and others will eat any of them.
  • Fruits and vegetables help animals stay strong and healthy too.
  • Set up a pet store for dramatic play
  • Paint a mouse like in the book, “Lunch”
  • Play “Animals and what they eat” game

3. Our Senses Teach Us 

  • We can learn more about fruits and vegetables by seeing, smelling, hearing, touching, and tasting them.
  • Our senses, sight, smell, sound, touch, and taste, teach us many things.
  • We can identify fruits and vegetables by using our senses.
  • Describe fruits and vegetables using touch, smell, sound, look, and taste.
  • Guess the sensible riddles
  • Play the game “Pin apricots on the tree”

4. Inside-Outside

  • Fruits and vegetables grow in lots of different ways.
  • We eat all different parts of plants such as roots, stems, and leaves.
  • We can identify, sort and classify fruits and vegetables.
  • Match fruits/vegetables with plants they grow on
  • Make a fruit flip to see inside and outside
  • Planting project to observe root growth

5. Growing Things 

  • Fruits and vegetables grow from seeds.
  • We help things grow by planting seeds, watering them and giving them sunlight.
  • People eat the fruits and vegetables grown from seeds. 
  • Set up a pretend garden for dramatic play
  • Examine seeds and plant them in containers
  • Make seed collage pictures
  • Act out the Watch us Grow! poem

6. Foods for Everyone

  • Different families eat different kinds of food.
  • Fruits and vegetables grow in different places and climates.
  • Fruits and vegetables taste good and help keep us strong and healthy. 
  • Different cultures serve favorite foods as part of family celebrations.
  • Set up a pretend ethnic restaurant for dramatic play
  • Play the Lana Lotto game
  • Make party decorations and have a celebration!

 


 

Theme Unit Resources

Theme Unit

LANA Story

Take-home Tasting Activity

Additional Family Resources

1. Eating the Alphabet

Sample Lesson Plan (PDF)

Curriculum (PDF)

Featuring: Kiwi

Introducing Lana the Iguana (PDF)

  • Fruit Basket Activity
    (included in theme unit curriculum)

2. Vegetarian Animals

Sample Lesson Plan (PDF)

Featuring: Broccoli

Lana and Willie Eat Lunch (PDF)

3. Our Senses Teach Us

Sample Lesson Plan (PDF)

Featuring: Sweet Potato

Lana Plays a Trick on Tenzin (PDF)

4. Inside-Outside

Sample Lesson Plan (PDF)

Featuring: Sweet Red Pepper

In and Out with Lana and Carlos (PDF)

5. Growing Things

Sample Lesson Plan (PDF)

Featuring: Sugar Snap Peas

Lana and Alisha Plant a Garden (PDF)

6. Foods for Everyone

Sample Lesson Plan (PDF)

Featuring: Cherry Tomatoes

Lana’s Learners Activity Book (PDF)

 




 


Updated Monday, October 09, 2017 at 10:27AM