Second graders at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School learned about fruits, vegetables and farming during Agricultural Literacy Week on Tuesday.
Jan Smith, of Cornell Cooperative Extension, offered the students some food for thought as she read “Who Grew My Soup.”
The story highlights a boy’s journey to meet every single farmer who grew the vegetables used in his mom’s homemade soup.
Along the way, the boy learns how vegetables are grown and he is no longer hesitant to indulge in the homemade soup.
In addition to the story, students snacked on baby carrots and participated in an activity where they created their own soup using paper cutouts of vegetables and other farm-fresh ingredients.
“Even if you don’t like soup there are plenty of other ways to get your vegetables,” Smith told the students as she stressed the importance of following the nutrition guidelines outlined in MyPlate – the mechanism that replaced the traditional food pyramid in 2011.
For teacher Patty Lazarz, Agriculture Literacy Week always provides students with a different educational experience.
“(Smith) has come to talk to us about maple syrup production, honey, chickens and gardening,” Lazarz said. “It usually has something to do with nature and the students learn a lot.”
All lessons, activities and extensions are aligned to New York State and Common Core Learning Standards.