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Picking Produce--Vegetables is from Susan Traugh’s Daily Living Skills series offering transitional skills for mild-to-moderately affected special needs students and general education students alike. Picking Produce--Vegetables provides adult living skills for special needs teens to meet transition mandates. It is a stand-alone unit providing students with skills to understand when vegetables are in-season, where to find fresh produce and how to choose the ripest, best quality veggies.


Like the other books in this series, it contains airy pages and bullet-point information for easy, independent study, yet, these books, nevertheless, respect teens’ maturity and humor while presenting federally mandated, Indicator 13 skills and transition skills needed for adult independence.


Written on a 3rd/4th-grade level, workbooks are meant to be self-paced and adaptable with student interests and goals driving most units. Each lesson is taught in a short one-to-four page format with follow-up worksheets/activities to check comprehension. Real-world activities are provided whenever possible.


Lessons in Daily Living Skills' Picking Produce-Vegetables include:


  • Why is it important?
  • In-season shopping
  • Farm-to-table movement
  • Serving sizes
  • Categorizing vegetables
  • Picking leafy greens
  • Picking not-so-leafy greens
  • Picking starchy vegetables
  • Picking red and orange vegetables
  • Picking summer squash
  • Picking peas and beans
  • Picking other vegetables.


Each category of veggie includes 1-2 easy recipes using those vegetables. Additionally, this book provides a student grading sheet, answer key, and a Parent Letter suggesting at-home activities for families in accordance with federal mandates for parent involvement.


Finally, the workbook is formatted so students may pull out quick charts of what to look for in a vegetable and use as a reference guide while shopping.


A preview of this book is provided here, or sample the series with our free book, Doing Laundry.


Titles in the Daily Living Skills transition series include: Becoming Likeable, Becoming Self-Aware, Building Character, Building Self-Esteem, Building Self-Motivation, Buying Insurance, Celebrating Holidays, Cleaning House, Creating Self-Confidence, Decision Making, Doing Laundry, Dress for Success, Everyday Manners, Fair Fighting, Getting a Paycheck, Grocery Shopping, Hygiene for Girls, Hygiene for Guys, Interviewing Skills, Kitchen Basics, Making Conversation, Making Meals, Managing Stress, Nutrition, Outdoor Chores, Overcoming Failure, Paying Bills, Practicing Patience, Safe Dating, Seeking Employment, Staying Healthy, Time Management, Transportation, Understanding Government, Using the Telephone, Voting, Washing Dishes, Who Am I? College and Career, Work Games


A Powerpoint Presentation introducing the program to students, parents, and staff is available free of charge on this site.


A Teacher’s Manual providing tips on implementation and written ITP goals for most of the workbooks is also available for purchase on this site. Annual updates of the Teacher's Manual are provided to buyers with your single purchase.

Picking Produce: Vegetables

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