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Carrot tales

Activity

Use carrots as the central subject for different forms of writing in this literacy exercise for key stage 2 or second level pupils.

  • Estimated time: 30 minutes
  • Location: Outdoors & Indoors
  • School term: All year round
  • Level of experience: No experience needed
  • Subject(s): English, Art&DT

Learning objectives

  • Select appropriate grammar and vocabulary
  • Write information sheets for a real purpose
  • Use persuasion and arguments in writing
  • Use language which enthuses or influences the reader

Essential background information

Preparation 

Prepare writing materials beforehand
Check if there are carrots growing in the garden 

Equipment needed

  • Kitchen equipment such as bowls
  • Cutting boards
  • Knives
  • Clean water for washing carrots

Step by step

  1. Have a look for carrots growing in the garden, pull one up and have a look at the root and leaves, find words which describe the texture and smell. If you don't have carrots growing, use ones from a shop instead. Let everyone have a taste of the carrots once they are prepared.
  2. Tell pupils the story of Miss and Master K'rot (below) and ask them to continue the cautionary tale of carrot cultivation.
  3. Young Master K'rot was growing into a real beauty; deep roots, bright orange unblemished skin full of vitamins, his bed was prepared just perfectly with... (finish the story)
  4. Miss K'rot did not have an easy life, her bed was hard and stoney, lumps of manure had been dumped haphazardly. Carrot flies and cabbage caterpillars were close by... (finish the story)
  5. Pupils could write a letter of complaint imagining to be someone whose carrot crop failed. Ask others to write them a polite reply. 
  6. Pupils can write and design an illustrated leaflet on the do's and don'ts of carrot cultivation.
  7. Do some research and make a list of different vegetables good attributes. Make these into a rap, slogan or other form of advertisment.
  8. Write an article sticking up for carrots. Vegetables have too much bad press when they are healthy and nutritious.

Hints & tips

  • This activity could take place using any kind of fresh fruit or vegetables

  • Check none of the pupils have an allergy to carrots or any other vegetables you use for this activity

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