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Unit 1, Lesson 2: People and Peanuts (pp. 8-13)
The Big Idea
Framework Concepts: Goods and Services and Interdependence Many workers do different jobs to provide us with peanut butter.
- Write the words crops and harvest on the chalkboard. Ask children what they know about these words. Write their responses under the appropriate word. Explain that farmers grow crops such as peanuts, corn, or lettuce. When farmers pick their crops they harvest them for food for people to eat.
- Ask children how they think peanut butter is made. Have children look at the illustrations on pages 10-13 and talk through the pictures, telling what they see happening and what work is being done. Then have them read the story together.
Check for Understanding
- Have children imagine they are peanut farmers. Have them tell a visitor to the farm how peanuts are grown and who depends on them to grow the crop.
- Have children work together in a group to role play the steps of how peanut butter is made and brought to a market. The first child can plant the peanut, the second can harvest peanuts, the third can shell the peanuts, the fourth can grind the peanuts, the fifth can fill up the jar, and the sixth can load the peanut butter on the grocery shelf. You may want to have each child wear a sign that identifies the job: farmer, factory worker, grocery clerk, etc.
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