A lot of people don’t realize this, but the National Watermelon Promotion Board’s website (www.watermelon.org … pretty easy to remember) is home to some really helpful tool kits for teachers, which use watermelon as a basis for all sorts of fun activities and lessons. Actually, you don’t even have to be a teacher to use them. They’d also be great for parents to print out and do at home with their children during the summer. (Learning during the summer? Aww, c’mon!)
The lessons are broken down into three grade categories – Grades 1-2, Grades 3-4, and Grades 5-6 – and feature lessons in language arts, math, geography, and science. There are even some fun kid-focused recipes on there, which would be good for parents to do at home with their kids. There’s also a place where teachers can enter some information to receive a CD containing the complete teachers’ tool kit.
I’m not a teacher, but I have had plenty of experience as a student, and this is something I definitely would have enjoyed in grade school, especially if my teacher had found a way to work in some of the games and activities also found on the website… and brought in some watermelon to sample during the lesson, of course.