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Since my little fourth grade friend was fascinated by the mangos and had learned so much, I felt the need to check them out for myself. Here is what I learned....
- Mangos are grown in tropical climates. In the Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Guatemala and Haiti are the leading importers of mangoes in the US.
- Mangos are a good source of dietary fiber and low in calorie.
- The mango is the national fruit of India, Philippines and Pakistan.
- India produces the most mangoes but does little trading as it consumes much of the fruit.
- Mangos can be used in recipes for salsa, smoothies, chutneys and more.
- Mango leaves are used in wedding celebrations.
- Geography: Locating leading mango producers on the world map which would strengthen geography skills.
- Math: Looking up and creating recipes that would aid with following directions, fractions, measurement and problem solving.
- Science: Learning about how different varieties are created as well as conditions needed to properly grow the fruits could be explored.
- Language Arts: Researching; reading folktales; writing poems and stories about mangos will allow students practice in different genres.
On a side note, this is why I love my job....everyday I am treated to something seen only through the eyes of interested and engaging 10 year-olds who are fascinated by things we adults sometimes think are just commonplace.
Thanks D for the 'teachable moment' for your teacher!
Meet a Mango Tree: Learn all about the mango tree and fruit.
Mango Nutrition Facts: A few quick facts about the nutrition mangos provide.
All About Mangos: A site that provides information about the history, health benefits; myths & facts and more.
Jango Geography from Mango.org: A game to test your skills about the countries that produce mangos. Other Games and activities from this site.
The Mango Charm: A folktale
Mango Coloring Page: Several different mango coloring pages at this site.
How to Cut a Mango: from Mango.org