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    Want To Incorporate Educational And Fun Information In Your Lesson Plans? Check Out These Great Links!

    Last updated 6 years ago

    Our recent blog posts have discussed the MyPlate nutritional guidelines and ways to keep your students learning through the summer months. For more information on these topics and more, check out the resources below. 

    • Learn more about MyPlate and access resources on food groups, menu items, and more at this page on USDA’s website.
    • How have nutritional guidelines evolved through the years? Check out this article at The Washington Post for an interactive timeline of the food pyramid.
    • Go to for a MyPlate coloring sheet and use it in the classroom when teaching your kids about the MyPlate nutritional guidelines program.
    • For many resources on preventing summer learning loss, explore this article from
    • At, find out more about how you can help prevent summer learning loss in your kids. 

    Daytime Video: Kid-Friendly Cooking With Florida Citrus (Kid Friendly Recipes You Can Share With Your Students)

    Last updated 6 years ago

    Fruits play an important role in a well-balanced diet. It is especially important to make sure children eat fruits, as many of the vitamins and nutrients offered by these naturally sweet treats give children what they need to grow into healthy and strong young adults. 

    In this video, you will learn about a few kid-friendly recipes that you can share with your students. These recipes include either delicious Florida orange juice or fresh Florida oranges. You can incorporate Florida citrus into all meals and snacks—no matter what time of the day it is!

    If you want to learn more about incorporating Florida citrus into your students’ lives, you can contact the team here at Florida Citrus today at (813) 379-2736.

    A Great Summer Reading List Brought to you by Florida Citrus

    Last updated 6 years ago

    Check out this great summer reading list that Florida Citrus has put together for you to give your students. This is a great way to make sure they keep up with what they have learned all year round. 

    A Fruit is a Suitcase for Seeds  by Jean Richards

    A Yummy Lunch  by Mercer Mayer

    An Orange for Frankie by Patricia Polacco

    Cloudy with a Change of Meatballs by Judi Barrett

    From Flower to Fruit  by Anne Dowden

    From Oranges to Orange Juice (From Farm to Table) by Kristin Thoennes Keller

    Good Enough to Eat: A Kid’s guide to Food and Nutrition by Lizzy Rockwell

    Gregory, The Terrible Eater  by Mitchell Sharmat

    Jean Ponce de Leon:  A Primary Source Biography ?by Lynn Hoogenboom

    My First Puzzles:  Picture Clue Crosswords by Patrick Merrell

    My Florida Facts by Annie Johnson

    Orange Food Fun by Lisa Bullard

    Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett

    Orange: Seeing Orange All Around Us ?by Sarah Schuette

    Star in My Orange:  Looking for Nature’s Shapes ?by Dana Meachen Ray

    The Big Orange Splot  by D. Manus Pinkwater

    The Grandma Cure by Pamela Mayer

    The Orange Outlaw  by Ron Roy

    What’s for Lunch: Oranges!  ?by Claire Llewellyn

    What Was It Before It Was Orange Juice by Jane Belk Moncure

    (What Was It Before – Let’s Find Out Book)

    To view the entire summer reading list or to get more information, please visit us online. 

    Helping Your Students Understand the Importance of Reading This Summer

    Last updated 6 years ago

    Reading provides a number of important benefits to children of all ages. Younger children can enhance their language skills by hearing stories and learning to read, while older children can learn more about the world around them with the help of books. That is why it is important to make sure students read whenever possible. You can use these tips as a teacher resource to help your students understand the importance of reading over the summer:

    • Create a summer reading list. Elementary school students often suffer from summer learning loss, which is a lack of educational challenges that results in the loss of knowledge learned during the previous school year. Assigning a summer reading list is a great way to keep your students’ minds active during the summer and inspire academic interests before school starts. Captain Citrus’ Summer Reading List features a number of fantastic stories that will keep children interested over the summer. This list includes A Yummy Lunch by Mercer Mayer, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barret, My Florida Facts by Annie Johnson, and many more great titles!
    • Provide children with fun activities. You can promote further interest in reading by giving your students a variety of reading activities to complete over the summer. Reading tracking sheets can help students keep track of their accomplishments, while a journal can allow students to write down their thoughts and opinions about their favorite stories. If you assign specific books, you can create games and quizzes for students to complete as they read each book.
    • Encourage parents to get involved. Children get more time to spend with their families during summer vacation. That is why getting parents involved in summer reading activities is a great way to prevent summer learning loss without taking away from precious family time. Notify parents of your summer reading list and make sure they get copies of any activities you send home with students.

    You can find more great resources and lesson plans when you contact the team here at Florida Citrus. Visit us online or call us today at (813) 379-2736.

    Make Sure Your Students Are Still Learning This Summer

    Last updated 6 years ago

    Summer break is an exciting time for students of all ages. During this time, children have more opportunities to spend time with friends, bond with family, and pursue creative hobbies. But summer can also be a time when children lose what they have learned in school. This means elementary school teachers have to re-teach old material before moving on to new material at the beginning of each school year. You can help prevent summer learning loss in your students with these tips:

    • Give your students a summer reading list. Reading provides a number of benefits to students of all ages. Younger students can use reading as a way to practice their spelling and word comprehension, while also developing their story-telling and listening skills. Older students can use reading to learn about new concepts and become better in other academic areas. You can encourage more trips to the library by giving your students a summer reading list. Create a list of books that will be entertaining and educational for students. You can also include books you plan to talk about once school starts again.
    • Encourage parents to play counting games with children. Math is another subject that children tend to forget about over summer break. You can prevent this type of learning loss by making sure parents get involved. Send home a note explaining the importance of preventing summer learning loss, and suggest a few ways that parents can help. Encourage parents to play games with their children that involve counting and other mathematical techniques. These games can be as simple as counting items in a grocery store or more complicated, such as a card game involving math.
    • Provide summer journals. Give each student a notebook that they can use to keep track of what they learn over the summer. Tell your students that they should write down anything new they learn. They can also document any museum visits or other trips that can help them academically.

    You can find more teacher resources and lesson plans from the team here at Florida Citrus. Call us at (813) 379-2736 to learn more!

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