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Squash Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Squash

  • Squash originated in Mexico or Central America and belong to a family of gourds along with cucumbers and melons.
  • The Iroquois planted the “three sisters.” Squash, maize, and beans were the staples of nearly every Native American Tribe.
  • The word “squash”, in a Rhode Island Native American language means “eaten raw” however, most winter squash is eaten cooked and rarely eaten raw.
  • One cup of cooked butternut squash contains 214% of the daily value for Vitamin A. It’s also an excellent source of Vitamin C and a good source of potassium.
  • There are two main squash varieties: winter and summer.
  • Pumpkin is a type of winter squash.

What’s Included in the Squash Lesson Plan

  • History
  • Tips & recipes
  • Nutritional information
  • Presenter outline & talking points
  • Sticker template
  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Student handouts

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