We picked apples from the trees at school.
We brought them back to our classroom and cut them up.
We put them in a big pot to cook.
Then we strained them to get out the seeds and skins.We added sugar and cinnamon. Then we ate our applesauce.
Making Grape Jelly
Mrs. Knee’s friends gave her lots of wild grapes so we could make grape jelly. Everyone got to take a jar of the jelly home.
Apple Cider Pressing
Mr. Bioteau and Mr. Jack came to school with lots of apples and a cider press.
We put the apples in the box and turned the crank to crush them.
We pressed the juice out of the crushed apples and after we strained it, we could drink the cider.
Mrs Knee makes maple syrup at her house and she taught us all about it. We read books about maple syrup too. One day, after it snowed, we collected some fresh, clean snow in bowls and Mrs. Knee cooked the syrup until it was thick. Then we had sugar on snow – just like the kids in a story we read. On another day,Tim and Wyatt’s mom made pancakes for snack and we put Mrs. Knee’s maple syrup on them. Some families went to visit Mrs. Knee’s sugar house to see how Mr. and Mrs. Knee make syrup. They had syrup with donuts and pickles.
We read different versions of the story, Stone Soup and began making plans to cook the soup ourselves. This story is a folktale that has been retold in many countries, each having its own version. It is a story of hungry travelers, looking for food, who arrive at a village and the people are fearful of being generous. The story ends with the realization that when each person makes a small contribution, the collective impact can be huge. The people learn about the pleasures of sharing – soup from a stone, fancy that!!