for Banana Day
students will explore banana seeds and learn how bananas
grow in comparison to other fruits.
A slice of
banana for each pair, or small group, of
glass for each group.
or a computer with the following site displayed How
Banana s Are Grown. (If available, a book which
has pictures of banana plants in it would also
work. One suggestion would be Bananas by Elaine
worksheet for each student.
pair of students a slice of banana and a
magnifying glass. Have them look at the seeds in
the bananas. Talk about other kinds of fruit
seeds, where they are on the fruits, and what they
look like. Explain that banana plants do not grow from
these seeds. Actual banana plants grow from
"suckers" which are small plants that grow
around the base of a banana plant. Banana farmers
cultivate the suckers to grow into new banana plants.
students pictures of banana plants and explain how
they are not trees, but actually very large
plants. They do not have a woody stem like
trees. Banana plants grow clusters of flowers,
which then turn into bananas. Each cluster of
bananas is called a hand and the individual bananas
are called fingers.
student a worksheet and as a class brainstorm
different fruits and where they should be placed on
variety of fruit seeds (apple, orange, grape, peach,
watermelon, etc.) in to school and have the students
try and determine from what fruit each seed
came. This can be set up in separate centers
around the room. The students can travel from
center to center, fill out an observation journal
about each seed and from what fruit they believe it
came. The class can then reconvene and the
teacher can give the answers regarding each
seed. See the Observations
Journal Sheet to reproduce for the students to
record their data.
students of the "5 A Day for Better Health"
campaign which promotes eating 5 servings of
fruits and vegetables every day. Have them write
a list of 5 fruits and vegetables they like to eat to
fill this nutrition requirement. The following link
has a variety of 5 a Day information for teachers and