ERIC Number: ED171456
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The Sweet Taste of Spring: An Integrated Approach to a Springtime Phenomenon.
Jones, Heather; Bullock, Rodger
A visit to a maple sugar bush has become a traditional springtime ritual for many school classes in northern areas. The sensations and experiences from this early springtime activity can be used for a number of study areas, including science, mathematics, art, social studies, home economics, language arts and health. This document provides learning activities for each of these areas that can grow out of students' study of maple sugar production. A number of specific maple syrup-related activities are also included. Children may learn to identify the different species of trees, measure the circumferance of sugar maples to determine the number of holes to be drilled for taps, and participate in the actual tapping of a tree. They may also learn how to measure sap flow and record it on charts for each tree; with graphs they record the effects of factors influencing sap flow such as temperature, weather conditions, size and location of trees and heights of the tapholes from the ground. Through the use of the Hydrometer method students learn to measure the sugar content of the sap. A number of recipes for cookies, cakes, and other maple "goodies" are given, and work with them would provide practice in the use of metric measurements. In addition to all types of learning activities, this book provides teacher background information in such areas as the historical background of maple sugar production and methods by which sap is collected and syrup and sugar produced. (DS)
Descriptors: Art Activities, Elementary Education, Experiential Learning, Field Instruction, Field Trips, Health Education, Home Economics, Interdisciplinary Approach, Language Arts, Learning Activities, Mathematics Instruction, Outdoor Education, Science Instruction, Social Studies, Teaching Guides
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: North York Board of Education, Willowdale (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: Forest Valley Outdoor Education Centre, Willowdale (Ontario).