Students will be able to put the steps of harvesting cranberries into the correct time sequence. They will recall details of the history of cultivating blueberries in the correct time frame.

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"The Cranberry Story"
Cranberry illustration

"The Blueberry Story"

Blueberry illustration
"Cranberry and Blueberry Worksheet"
Answer key-"Cranberry and Blueberry Worksheet"
Follow up activity: Crossword Puzzle Clues

Introduce the lesson by displaying some of the products made with cranberries and blueberries (juices, baked goods, jellies, etc.) or the fresh berries themselves.

Tell the students that they are going to learn about the development of these fruits in New Jersey. Ask them what they already know about blueberries and cranberries. List their responses on the chalkboard. Ask the students what they would like to know about these fruits and list these questions on a separate area of the chalkboard.

Distribute copies of "The Cranberry Story" and "The Blueberry Story" as well as the illustrations of cranberry and blueberry plants to the class. Read and discuss these stories with the class, and use these stories to answer the questions generated by the students. After the students have read and discussed the stories, conduct a general discussion about how and where these berries grow.

Have students complete the "Cranberry and Blueberry Worksheet"


Check student worksheets for accuracy.


1. Create art projects using the juice of cranberries and blueberries as a natural dye or ink. You might consider using yarn dyed with the juices or the juices themselves to create a mural that details the growing of cranberries and blueberries.

2. Have the students create a crossword puzzle using the clues provided above. Students may use graph paper or an appropriate computer program to generate the crossword puzzle. As an added challenge, provide only the words to the students and ask them to supply the clues.

This lesson will introduce the students to the following vocabulary words:(click on the word to see its definition-use your browser's back button to return to this page)

acidic, cellophane, conveyor belt, cultivate, culture, descendants

This lesson covers the following New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards. Clicking on the standard number will take you to the complete text of the standard. You must use your browser's "BACK" button to return to this page from the linked Core Curriculum Standard pages.

Science standards:

5.3-All students will develop an understanding of how people of various cultures have contributed to the advancement of science and technology and how major discoveries and events have advanced science and technology.

5.4-All students will develop an understanding of technology as an application of scientific principles.

5.6-All students will gain an understanding of the structure, characteristics, and basic needs of organisms.

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