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BLAST Early Learning
Up, Down, and Around


Up Down and AroundUp Down and Around
by Katherine Ayres; illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott
A garden produces a variety of edible plants, such as corn that grows up, onions that grow down, and tomato vines that twine all around.

Grandma Lenas Big Ol TurnipGrandma Lena’s Big Ol’ Turnip
by Denia Lewis Hester; illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic
Grandma Lena grows a turnip so big that it takes her entire family to pull it up and half of the town to eat it.
(includes a note about cooking "soul food")




A Spike of Green
by Barbara Baker

When I was out, the sun was hot
It shone upon my flower pot.
And there I saw a spike of green
That no one else had ever seen!
On other days the things I see
Are mostly old except for me.
But this green spike so new and small
Had never yet been seen at all!



The Noble Duke of York
An Up and Down Song

The Noble Duke of York
He had ten thousand men
He marched them up the hill and then he
(march up)
Marched them down again.
(march down)
And when you’re up, you’re up
(stand up)
And when you’re down, you’re down
(squat down)
And when you’re only halfway up
(squat halfway)
You’re neither up nor down.
(up, then down, quickly)

Repeat, progressively faster each time.


Vocabulary Word:

turnip : n. an edible plant with a large, usually whitish root, and hairy leaves that are sometimes used as greens.

“Every day the turnips grew. One was bigger than the rest.”

(taken from Grandma Lena’s Big Ol’ Turnip by Denia Lewis Hester)



Math: Bean Counter
Give your children several dried beans. Have them count out certain number of beans, match them on the basis of color, size, etc.

Math: Patterns
Teach patterns while reading Up, Down, and Around. See if the
students can guess which way the next vegetable will grow — up, down, or around. You can even use felt or
plastic vegetables to follow the pattern.

Art: Use Vegetables for Art Supplies
Cut a cucumber in half, and then make a design on the meat of it, let your children use it as a stamp
Use asparagus for paint brushes.
Use carrots to make lines.
Use corn on the cob for roller

Science: Celery Stalk Color Change
Place a celery stalk in a jar of colored water. In a few days the stalk will begin to take on the color of the water. You can also split the bottom of the stalk in half and put each half in a different color water. Over time each half will take on the color of the water.



Vegetables we EatThe Vegetables We Eat by Gail Gibbons

Illustrations and simple text describe the various vegetables people eat.

Muncha muncha munchaMuncha! Muncha! Muncha!
by Candace Fleming and G. Brian Karas

After planting the garden he has dreamed of for years, Mr. McGreely tries to find a way to keep some persistent bunnies from eating all his vegetables.


Growing Vegetable SoupGrowing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert

A father and child grow vegetables and then make them into a soup.

Eating the AlphabetEating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert

An alphabetical tour of the world of fruits and vegetables, from apricot and artichoke to yam and zucchini.