Shirley Duke, author/educator/speaker/writer of the Simply Science blog, shared with me extension activities for Rah, Rah, Radishes. See below for these activities. See her site for more goodies, about many books!
1. Make a list of all the vegetables named in the book. Then categorize those veggies by color or by which part of the plant they may be. This might include leaf, root, fruit, or stem.
3. Ask the kids to bring one vegetable to school. Identify them and then demonstrate how to clean them. Make a soup to share.
4. For older students, choose a vegetable and look up recipes for ways it can be cooked or combined with other foods.
5. Identify the rhyming words. List some other words that rhyme with them.
6. At Halloween, carve a pumpkin and plant the seeds. Each child takes home a cup with the planted seed.
7. Learn the word sprout. For each child, give them three radish seeds, three corn seeds, and three bean seeds. Wet a paper towel and fold it. Put it in a zip lock bag. Lay the seeds in a row. Watch for them to sprout. Add water if the towel dries out. Look at how the different seeds begin to grow.
8. Make a chart of one of the vegetables to show the life cycle from seed to fruit.
9. Look up the temperature zones and learn what they are. Identify your own zone and find out the average frost dates for planting.
10. Make a face salad. Cut a slice of bread into a circle and add cut veggies to make eyes, nose, hair, ears, and mouth. Cucumbers slices would make eyes, radish slices lined up make a mouth, zucchini for ears, curly lettuce for hair, etc.
11. Choose a vegetable and create a PowerPoint group project or class display that provides information about the vegetables. Include facts about the veggie, a picture, nutrition information, recipes, etc.
12. Make a list of the veggies in the book and alphabetize them.
13. Create a vegetable book. Have each child choose a vegetable and create a page about that vegetable. The pages might include poems they write, facts, art, or anything else they want to create.
14. Look up the veggies that didn’t get in the book from the author’s website. Learn more about them and see if you could write a short sentence in the book’s style.
15. Keep a week-long record of what vegetables you eat. Lead a group discussion and list ways you can add more vegetables in meals.
National Science Standards: characteristics of organisms; personal health