Pull this poem out again to share August 8-15, 2015 in honor of National Farmer's Market Week." And if you want to follow up with "Take 5" activities, here you go:
- Add a bit of fun to sharing this poem in honor of National Farmers’ Market Week with a poetry prop—show a piece of fruit or a vegetable (or an empty shopping bag) before reading the poem aloud. If you have enough to share and eat, even better!
- Invite children to select their favorite fruit or vegetable named in the poem and to chime in just on that word while you read the rest of the poem aloud.
- Talk about the difference between a grocery store and a farmers’ market (where produce is usually sold by the producer).
- Pair this poem with the picture book To Market, To Market by Nikki McClure (Abrams, 2011) and encourage children to share their own experiences with gardens or markets.
- Connect with “A Marching Band of Vitamins” by Michele Krueger (June, pages 158-159) and with poems from Busy in the Garden by George Shannon (Greenwillow, 2006) and In Our Backyard Garden: Poems by Eileen Spinelli (Simon & Schuster, 2004).