I have always wished I could take my students to a maple sugar demonstration. The use of a natural product being tapped and then turned into a marketable product fits right in with our social studies curriculum.
My wish came true today. Students at our high school put on a demonstration for younger students. They started the program with a locally made video. Two students introduced the video and then took questions afterward. The video showed them drilling holes into sugar maples, hammering in the spouts, and hanging pails.
Finally, the youngers were invited into the kitchen to taste a variety of foods made with the homemade maple syrup. My students tasted baked beans, cinnamon rolls, smoothies, pancakes, and syrup on crushed ice. Needless to say, everyone found some kind of food they liked.
The older students did a fantastic job. They were well prepared, friendly, and obviously very proud of their unit of study. We were so lucky to be invited to a demonstration like this.