June's Project of the Month is Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Chart. Grandma is going to ask you to
do it a little different than what Book (1) has asked for it.
Grandma wants the children to think of all kinds of Fruits and Vegetables to list on a chart. Then
I want them to record which ones are the favorites of each person in your family. Then I want them
to record the ones each of you dislike the most. Then I want to find out about each one that is:
what they do for the body, the calories, the nutrients it has, and anything else important about them.
I want them to research about cancer and how fruits and vegetables help them from getting cancer.
Then I want them to research about Monsanto and GMO's and how they are bad for the insects and
could be for you. Then I want them to research about Organic growing and how it works and why
people are doing it and the many ways how.
June's Month long Observances are as follows:
Accordion Awareness Month
American Rivers Month
Arts and Crafts Month
Carnival and Circus Month
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month
National Adopt-a-Cat Month
National Cheeseburger Month
National Dairy Month
National Recycling Month
National Rose Month
National Theater Month
Zoo and Aquarium Month
Week long Events
International Volunteers Week (first week)
National Safe Boating Week (first week)
Teacher Thank You Week (first week)
National Little League Baseball Week (week beginning with the second Monday)
National Flag Week (week including June 14)
National Physical Therapy Week (third week)
Amateur Radio Week (week ending with the fourth weekend)
Special Days and Celebrations
Flag Day (June 14)
Father's Day (third Sunday)
First day of summer (on or about June 22)
June 1 has 3 birthdays as follows:
1637 Jacques Marquette, French Jesuit missionary and explorer
1849 Francis Edgar Stanley, inventor of the first successful
Oscar the Grouch, "Sesame Street character
Book (1) has an activity for this called "Have a grouchy birthday-Young children will enjoy
celebrating Oscar the Grouch's birthday by brainstorming for yucky things--for example, muddy
shoes, liver and onion sandwiches, or hair tangled with bubble gum. List your childrens' ideas on
the chalkboard, then have the children use the list their poems on construction-paper trash cans.
Next are the Events for June 1 as follows:
1792 Kentucky became the 15th state.
1796 Tennessee became the 16th state.
1802 The first Book Fair took place in New York City.
1813 Mortally wounded in a War of 1812 naval engagement,
Captain James Lawrence told his crew,"Don't Give Up the Ship,"
which became the motto of the U.S. Navy.
1925 New York Yankees star Lou Gehrig began his record string of
Playing in 2,130 Consecutive Baseball Games.
1938 The first issue of the "Superman" Action Comics appeared.
Book (1) has the following activity to go with it called "Signs of a superhero-In honor of
Superman's comic-book debut, ask your (children) to write a paragraph about where they first
discovered this superhero (for example, on TV, in motion pictures, or on videos) and to briefly
describe him. Then have the kids interview parents and grandparents about their memories of
Superman. How do these views compare with those of your (children)? Finally, make a ...list of
a superhero's positive qualities. Can your (children) name real people who also display these
1990 Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev and U.S. president George Bush
Signed More than a Dozen Agreements at the White House.
June 1 is also
Children's Day in (Germany)
International Mother's Peace Day
International Volumteers Week (first week in June)
Book (1) says in "Student volunteers-During International Volunteers Week, challenge your
(children) to name volunteer jobs they could do at home, ... and in the community. Encourage
them to each do at least one volunteer activity this week, then report back to the family.
June 2 has three birthdays as follows:
1914 Paul Galdone, children's author
Book (1) says in "Adaptable tales-Tell your (children) that Paul Galdone drew great satisfaction
from adapting favorite old tales to a picture-book format. Invite the kids to name familiar fairy
tales, fables, and tall tales they enjoy. Then have them work ... to adapt and illustrate one of
these stories. Arrange for (them) to share their work with (others)"
1929 Norton Juster, children's author who wrote The Phantom Tollbooth
1934 Anita Lobel, children's author and illustrator
June 2 Events are as follows:
1883 The first Night Baseball Game took place in Forth Wayne, Ind.
1886 Grover Cleveland became the First President to Get Married
in the White House.
1896 The Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi received a patent for
Electromagnetic Wave Broadcasting, the basis of radio and television.
Book(1) says in "Forms of Government- On the anniversary of Italy's governmental referendum,
have your (children) compare and contrast a republican form of government with a monarchy.
What are the strengths and weaknesses of each system? Would any of your (children) prefer a
monarchy under any circumstances? Why or why not?"
1924 Congress granted Citizenship to All American Indians.
1946 In a referendum, Italy Chose a Republican Form of Government
over a return to the monarchy.
1949 Five different players on the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team
hit 8th-Inning Home Runs.
1966 The U. S. spacecraft Surveyor 1 landed on the moon and began
to relay the First Close-Up Pictures of the Lunar Surface.
June 2 is also Teacher Tank You Week (first week in June)
Book (1) also states in "Time for thank-yous-During Teacher Thank You Week, invite your
students to write short notes to their former teachers, thanking them for some special kindness
or memorable contribution. Arrange to deliver the notes throughout the week as a special way
to celebrate the important role teachers play in children's lives." (Considering you may have
only been their only teacher, have them carry this out for you--You definitely deserve it. It takes
a lot for you to give up your time and carry out the task of teaching your own children.)
June 3 only has two birthdays as follows:
1808 Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate states
1904 Charles Drew, American surgeon who developed techniques
for processing and storing blood plasm for use in transfusions.
Events for June 3 are as follows:
1851 The New York Knickerbockers wore The First Baseball Uniforms.
1888 The poem "Casey at the Bat" first appeared in print.
1932 Lou Gehrig became the First Major Leaguer to
Hit Four Consecutive Homers in one game.
1937 After renouncing the British throne, the Duke of Windsor
married Mrs. Wallis Simpson.
1948 The World's Largest Telescope--a 200-inch reflector--was
dedicated at Mount Palomar Observatory in California.
1949 Wesley A. Brown became the First African-American to
Graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.
1965 Major Edward H. White took the First Space Walk by an American.
1965 Silver was Eliminated from U.S. dimes and quarters.
June 3 is also Broken Dolls Day in (Japan). Book (1) says in "A day for dolls-On Broken
Dolls Day in Japan, young girls and their mothers bring broken dolls to Buddhist priests to
be enshrined. Ask your (children) to bring in their broken dolls or action figures. Then set
up a ...repair station where (the children) can apply a little glue and a lot of ingenuity to fix
the dolls. Also invite the children to use extra parts to create new dolls. Afterward, have them
write stories or poems about the dolls. ...
June 3 is also used by Book (1) to extend the monthly lesson on fruits and vegetables in
asking the children "to celebrate Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, (challenging them) to
create a still-life arrangement out of fruits and vegetables. Then have the kids use watercolors,
charcoal, pen and ink, or colored pencils to depict their arrangements. Ask the (children) to
make up fact sheets that list the artwork's title as well as the foods represented and their
nutritional benefits. ..."
Only one birthday for June 4th as follows:
1738 George III, English king who reigned during the American Revolution
The Events for June 4th are as follows:
1070 Roquefort Cheese was first discovered in a cave in France.
Book(1) writes about it in "Moldy Meal-According to legend, in 1070 a shepherd boy
accidentally left his lunch--bread and sheep's milk cheese-in a cool limestone cave near
Roquefort, France. He returned to the cave weeks later and found the lost food covered
with black mod. He ate it anyway. The bread had a bad taste. The cheese looked peculiar
but tasted good. To this day, cheese made of sheep's milk ages in those same limestone
caverns. Bring in some Roquefort cheese and invite your (children) to sample it. Can they
name other foods in which bacteria is an essential ingredient? (Such foods include yogurt,
sour cream, and other kinds of cheeses.)"
1787 Delegates to the Constitutional Convention approved the
idea of a Single Chief Executive to Govern the Nation.
1896 Henry Ford successfully test drove the First Ford Car.
1929 Illinois selected the Cardinal to be its state bird.
Book (1) says in "State symbols-Many states have state birds. Challenge your (children to
find out if their state has one and if so, what it is. What other things--flowers, insects, trees,
songs--are recognized by their state? Invite the kids to select another symbol they think
merits recognition, then write a proposal to their state representative."
1937 Sylvan N. Goldman began supplying Grocery Carts to his
Oklahoma City supermarket customers.
Book (1) writes in "Checkout challenge-If there were no grocery carts, how would people get
their groceries to the checkout counter? Challenge your (children) to work ...to invent a new
way to transport groceries. Have the (children) illustrate their inventions, Then explain how
their devices would work."
1957 The First National Wheelchair Games were held on Long Island in New York.
1984 University of California scientists announced that they had
successfully cloned cells from the skin of a guagga, a zebra like
African mammal extinct for more than 100 years.
1989 Chinese soldiers broke up an extended, student-led pro democracy
demonstration in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. The deaths were believed
to number in the thousands.
June 5th has three birthdays as follows:
1718 Thomas Chippendale, English cabinetmaker
1723 Adam Smith, Scottish political philosopher who helped
lay the intellectual foundations of capitalism.
1919 Richard Scarry, children's author and illustrator
The Events for June 5 are as follows:
1783 Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier first demonstrated their
Hot-Air Balloon in a 10-minute, unmanned flight over Annoney, France.
Book (1) says in "Awe-inspiring flight--The balloon created by Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier
measured over 35 feet in diameter. It was made from paper-lined sections of linen, which were
joined together with buttons. Hot air for the balloon came from wood burned in a hole in the
ground. The balloon was held over the hole by eight men. When it was released, it rose 6,000
feet and traveled 1 1/2 miles before coming down. Remind your (children) that this flight took
place over 200 years ago. Then ask them to imagine what people viewing this spectacle might
have been thinking. Were they afraid? Excited? have your (children) write stories about the
balloon flight from the perspective of a long-ago spectator."
1876 Bananas were sold for 10¢ each at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition
Before then, the fruit had rarely been seen in the United States.
Book (1) states in "Banana Bonanza-Tell your (children) that bananas contain important
nutrients, such as potassium, carbohydrates, and vitamins A,B, and C. Ask the children
to describe the ways they like to eat bananas. Then have them create posters encouraging
people to eat more of this healthful fruit.
Book (57) of Grandma's has a section called "Going Bananas by Gail K Lennon" in which
it states the following: "The activities outlined in this unit can be set up as centers in an
integrated, activity-based theme on bananas. The study begins with a whole-group orientation
activity. This allows (the children) to share what they already know about the theme. It also
builds interest and motivation for the study.
The learning objectives for the theme on bananas are as follows:
Before (the children) begin their work ..., (they should) overview the topic and to provide motivation
for the unit ahead. You might want to share a short film on banana growing (Growing Bananas),
taste a banana dish, and find out what (the children) already know about bananas.
Some of the facts they may already know include:
digest such as dairy products."
The children may have to move from different centers or areas of the home to carry out the
work of this unit. Be willing to observe, clarify material, give encouragement and direction to
lead the children on on with their learning and help all you can.
Center 1:How do they Grow? Upon watch the video answer the following questions
Appendix A: Study Outline
Banana Growing Locations:
Climate Conditions Necessary for Growing:
New Banana Types:
Problems involved in Banana Growing:
Then have them work...to discuss and reach a consensus on the best way to show what
they have learned about growing bananas. You may want to provide a list of methods for
them to use....At the center children could select from...murals,accordion books, big books,
poetry,plays, comic strips, charts, and diagrams.
Center 2: Banana Extravaganza
Provide cookbooks and other materials for 9the children) to use to create a collection of
banana recipes. They can create a big book in which they each write a recipe and illustrate
their dish....the recipes created at this center can be sent to the Banana Growers'
Association,...taste during the finale!
Center 3:A Banana a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
(The children) can use health books, medical journals,and other sources(as computers) to
discover the health benefits of bananas. They design pamphlets or posters about the
nutritional advantages of bananas. Display completed pamphlets and posters ... and
send them to the Banana Growers' Association.
Center 4: Banana Bulletin
(The children) use research materials at this center to locate banana trivia facts. When they
have collected at least ten each...create a game using these facts. Provide examples of paper
and pencil games, card games, and board games to give students ideams....Product
alternatives include: board games, paper and pencil games, riddle collections, card games,
word games such as Boggle™ or Scrabble™, charades, and combinations of other formats.
Center 5: Banana Cabana
Give (the children) examples of word games such as Boggle™ ,Hink Pink™ , Change a Word,
Transform a Word, and Rhyme Time™ . They can create their own word games using the
word banana. Completed copies of these games can be duplicated for a newspaper r or
traded...(Children) have great fun solving these word puzzles.
Center 6: Famous Banana Gourmets
(The children) can investigate literature on Curious George, King Kong,Chita, and other banana
gourmands. They can work ...to create a banana-loving protagonist and write a story, picture
book, or comic about their banana fanatic.
Center 7: Where Do They Grow?
(The children can use atlases, films, and geographic materials to discover where bananas grow.
They can then create maps and charts to show the climate, soil, temperature, and growing
conditions necessary for bananas. At the conclusion of the unit, conduct a whole-group
discussion to explore these conditions. Follow-up questions can be directed to horticultural
specialists at a local university or extension service.
Center 8: Life on a Banana plantation
(The children) examine film, book, and pamphlet materials to discover the various jobs
on a plantation. Through diagrams and dramatic presentations they can share ...
Center 9:I'm Chiquita™ banana TV ad. They They can work ... to create a banana-selling
personality and advertisizing jingle. Completed versions can be videotaped ... . (The
children) can examine advertising techniques and discuss which ones have been used
to make each ad. ...
Appendix B: Advertising Techniques
all this healthy food?
6. Bargain: Great Sale! Hurry before the sale ends.
7. Keeping up with the Jones': Be the first on your block to taste this new product!
Center 10: My appealing life as a Banana
(The children) can work ...to complete the following story. When their first drafts are written,
they can work ...to edit and complete published editions of their stories. Best efforts can be
published in the ...(family) newspaper.
Story Starter: "Hi, my name is _____Banana. You're probably thinking how boring my life as
a banana must be. Well, stop feeling sorry for me. I've had more adventures than you will ever
see in your lifetime. Let me tell you about one particularly exciting one..."
Center 11: Banana By-Products
What else are all those bananas used for? Are they all eaten raw? Students can use
newspaper clippings, other written accounts, and films to find out about banana by-products.
(They) can create a chart or poster to show their information.
Finally, (they) can work ...to create a list of other possible future banana by-products.
Some ideas might include automobile fuel, cosmetics, and money substitutes.
The Finale: Banana Bonanza!
During the finale of this unit, (the children) can share the results of their work at the various
centers. This can take the form of displays, presentations, and rotating sharing discussions.
Have (the children) learn "The Banana Boat Song" and discuss the difficulties of bringing
bananas to our stores. Through discussion, (the children) will gain an appreciation for the
interdependence of our countries and our existence as part of a global village. As a final
shared activity, students can work ...to create poems based on the pattern of the color poem
"Red is..." but using the little "Yellow is a Ripe Banana."
Going back to our Calendar History of June 5 as follows:
1910 The First Hot-Air Balloon Race was held in Indianapolis, Ind.
1917 More than 9 Million American Men began registering for the
draft during World War I.
1968 Moments after addressing supporters celebrating his victory
in the California Democratic presidential primary, Senator Robert F.
Kennedy was Shot in a Los Angeles hotel. He died the next day.
1988 The Sixth Grade Center in University City, Mo., was
renamed the Ronald E. McNair School in honor of one of the
astronauts killed in the Challenger explosion.
Book (1) brings in "Honoring a hero-Students, staff, and parents in University City, Mo., decided to
rename their school after Dr. Ronald E. McNair because they though his adventuresome
spirit and diversified interests--including scuba diving, karate, gourmet cooking, and
jazz--would inspire students to take risks and explore untapped talents. What people
would your (children) consider honoring if their ( Church) needed a new name? What special
qualities would they look for in an honoree? Have (the children) work ...to discuss these
questions, then present their ideas to (you).
1989 In Poland's first free elections since World War II, the
Solidarity Party was a decisive majority.
June 5 is also World Environment Day