December - Beans

Name of Material



Activity Sheets: Kindergarten- Grade 5

Downey USD

These activity sheets can be utilized in the classroom to connect core subjects to the Harvest of the Month program. One recommended use is to place all activity sheets in a binder and place binder by the copy machine used by teachers for easy access.


Grades K-5 (PDF)

Activity Sheets:  Grades 4-8

LA Trade Tech

Worksheets that are linked to sections of the HOTM Educator newsletter.  The main sections used include: Student Sleuths, History, Reasons to Eat, and Just the Facts.


Grades 4-8 (Publisher/PDF)

Activity Sheets-Binder Covers

Downey USD

If you organize your Classroom Activity Sheets in a binder, this binder cover can be used as the front cover for teacher identification of content. A view binder is recommended.



Activity Sheets-Binder Side

Downey USD

If you organize your Classroom Activity Sheets in a binder, this binder side can be used on the side for teacher identification of content.



Activity Sheets:  Special Ed


To be given to teachers or other educators who work with students with significant cognitive disabilities.  Each worksheet is aligned to meet California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) standards.



Activity Book: Grades 4-5

Downey USD

This is a six page activity book geared for students in grades 4 & 5 includes HOTM produce facts and comprehension questions along with fun puzzles and a healthy goal-setting activity.   



Curriculum Links to Storybooks

(goes with storybook list posted on first page)

Monrovia USD 


Standards-based links that will be given to teachers or other educators who use the recommended HOTM books. The links are posted under each month’s produce item.

Curriculum Links

Educator Newsletter Highlights

Monrovia USD 

To be given to teachers or other educators who prefer receiving just the highlights of the HOTM Educator Newsletter.




Family Newsletter-Hmong

Merced COE

Family Newsletter translated into Hmong. Does not include the recipe that is included in the English version.



Family Newsletter-Chinese

Alhambra COE

Family Newsletter translated into Chinese.



Family Newsletter-Vietnamese

OCDE-School Coalition

Family Newsletter translated into Vietnamese.




Guided Language Acquisition Design

Santa Ana USD

The Harvest of the Month Facts at a Glance, Sentence Patterning Chart (SPC), and Poetry/Chants are designed to be utilized by K-12 classroom teachers who participate in the Harvest of the Month program.  These GLAD materials highlight the monthly produce along with the integration of Language Arts, ELD, and Health Education California Content  Standards.

Facts at a Glance

Sentence Patterning Chart

Poetry / Chants

Overheads Transparencies

Tulare COE

Monthly overheads geared  for the featured produce item geared for two different grade grouping (K-1 and 2-6).


K-1 and 2-6

PreK Harvest Tools Packet

OCDE Network Coalition

Each packet includes a picture recipe, accordion book, math & science
lesson, Power point presentation for parent ed, themed classroom
activity, classroom recipe, themed parent ed, and parent recipes in
English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

PreK Harvest Tools Packet

Preschool-Activity Packet

Merced COE

Harvest of the Month small group activities and classroom taste testing integrated into the Preschool Houghton Mifflin Where Bright Futures Begin Curriculum.




Tulare COE

Posters will now include nutrition information as well as HOTM information.


Cafeteria Connection Poster


Tulare COE

Supermarket monthly poster of HOTM for display in produce section.



Recipe Cards

Tulare COE

Recipe cards in English and Spanish and can be used classroom and supermarket.




Recipes-Tasting Trios

Monrovia USD 

(formatted LA Trade Tech)

Three ingredients, teacher-friendly recipes that feature the HOTM for a classroom taste testing.

Recipes-Tasting Trios

Recipes-Kid Friendly-

Merced COE

A monthly collection of 2-5 recipes that have been approved for cooking in the classroom. All recipes have been calculated for classroom taste testing (~¼ cup each for 20-35 students). One page. 




Recipes-Kid Friendly-

Merced COE

The same monthly collection of 2-5 recipes that students may have had the opportunity to try in the classroom can be sent home for the whole family to try. Recipes are converted from classroom taste test sizes to servings of ~4-6. Print on the back side of your Family Newsletter! 




Recipes-Kid Friendly

Merced COE

Visual Recipe directions of at least one recipe included on the Kid Friendly Recipe Page used in the classroom. Typically used for Special Education Classrooms. Some months will have more than one recipe. 

Visual recipes for Special Ed


Tulare COE 

Usually given to students in conjunction with taste testing.

Avery White Mailing Labels
 1" x 2 5/8" #5160

Taste Test Instructions

LA Trade Tech

Instructions and ideas on how to prepare and serve the featured Harvest of the Month produce for taste testing in the classroom.  Instruction sheets are sent to all classrooms with the Harvest of the Month produce each month. 


Taste Test Teaching Points

Tulare CODE

Geared for K-6-to be used in conjunction with HOTM taste testing




Teacher Activity Packets

Montebello USD

Background info; activities that support monthly featured HOTM produce; divided by three grade groupings; connected to  educational standards.


Grades 3-5

Grades 5-12


When possible, documents are available in either Microsoft Word or Publisher format to allow the user to change information to fit their program.  In addition, some documents are available in Adobe PDF format to allow the user to see what a document looks like in the event they don't have the required software to view it (If you can't view Adobe PDF click here for free Download Adobe Reader here Adobe Reader software)

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