Tops and Bottoms

Tops and Bottoms
March 24, 2020


Getting ready to make lunch today, looking at the fruit and vegetable options, did you ever stop to think did it grow on top of the soil or underneath the soil? We are working from home now, so you might notice a different video feel.


Tops and Bottoms

Check out this read aloud of “Tops and Bottoms” by Janet Stevens.

A Very Veggie Car
Create a prototype of a vegetable car that can be used for racing or time trials. Tie in with motion-force and friction.
• Use 3-5 different fruits and veggies
• Must roll down a ramp and still have everything attached when it stops
• Must roll in a straight line
• Measure the distance traveled after leaving the ramp
• Record the time
• Materials: Toothpicks, wooden skewers, rubber bands, paperclips, ruler, stopwatch, fruits and veggies
• Check to see what materials they have first, then draw and label blueprint
• Pre-activity questions: What do you know about force and friction? What veggies would make good wheels and why? Why surface would be best to get the longest distance? What characteristics are important for your veggies to have in order to make a good body for the car? Why is it important to draw a blueprint first?

Wonder if completing this activity would be worth college credit? Watch this video.

Check out our Specialty Crop Ag Mag
Illinois farmers grow a variety of specialty crops, check out some of them here.

Lettuce is one of the most popular vegetables in the supermarket. Every wonder how and where the lettuce we eat is grown?
Watch this video.

Finally, eating different fruits and vegetables is important. Do you want to try some broccoli?

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