Oklahoma Fruit of Month - Dried Apricots
Dried apricots are very good for you. Just five dried apricots provide 36 percent of the recommended daily amount for beta-carotene (Vitamin A). Dried apricots also provide Vitamin C, iron, potassium, and fiber among other nutrients.
Play With Your Food - How Many Apricots?
- Bring a small clear jar or cup and dried apricots.
- Students estimate how many apricots will fit in the jar. Write the estimates on the chalkboard.
- Students count as you place the apricots in the jar, smashing them down as necessary.
- Students count by tens, and use tally marks to keep count.
- Students modify estimates after you have counted 50.
- Students compare the apricots with standard units (centimeter cubes, 1-inch cubes) to estimate the volume of the jar.
- When the jar is about 1/4, students estimate how many more it will take to fill it, based on the number already counted.
- Wear food handling gloves so students can eat the apricots afterward.
For older students
- Bring a clear plastic container with lid to class.
- Fill with dried apricots.
- Students estimate how many apricots are in the jar.
- Students will write their estimates on a small sticky note.
- Draw a long line on the board to make a line plot.
- Students decide who has the low and high estimate.
- Students will p lace those estimates just above the line at each end.
- As a class, compute the range.
- Divide the line in halves and fourths.
- Students will bring their estimates to the board and place them in the appropriate place on the line.
- Students will compute the mean, median, and mode of all the estimates.
- Students may also identify at clumps and outliers and complete a box and whisker plot. (See Graphs)
- Using food handling gloves, divide the apricots among students for eating.
- Each student will count his/her apricots.
- Compute the actual number of apricots by adding students portions.
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Dried Apricots (1 1/2 oz, about 5 dried apricots)
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