In science, we have been learning about characteristics of living things! Yesterday we learned that all living things 1) experience growth 2) need water to survive 3) need foor to survive and 4) need air to survive. The kiddos put their new found knowledge to test by sorting living and non-living things in their science research notebooks!
Today we were lucky enough to have a special guest join us. Her name is Teresa Vallotton and she is a grain farmer near Brandon, Manitoba. She shared stories from her farming experience and helped us to understand that food helps us and other living things to grow.
Here we are pretending to be sunflowers, following the direction of the sun! Teresa and her family, farm cereal and oil grains, including sunflowers.
She read and gifted us a wonderful story called "How Did That Get in My Lunchbox?" by Chris Butterworth. It explained where all the common food we eat, comes from, how it is developed and made from farm to plate. The kiddos had a fantastic time exploring the book during book look today.
Next we were put in groups to create sandwhiches! Each group worked on a group plan to create a sandwhich and discuss where each ingrediant came from. Teresa scaffold their learning by having the group present their sandwhich to the class. The funkiest sandwhich went to a group that put jam, ham, bacon, pickles and bread on theirs!!
The kiddos really engaged with this activity as they were able to identify many foods that they eat everyday! Many kids were surprised to find out that meat came from animals and that bread was made from grain that farmers work so hard to make.
Teresa then shared her grain expertise with us. She showed us 5 different types of grain that came from her farm!!! She even let the kiddos touch and experience each grain by putting their hand into each bucket. The conversation between the kids as they felt each seed was inspiring.
We thank Teresa from the bottom of our hearts for coming out and showing us all the hard work that goes into each bite of food we take. The kiddos sure learned a lot about nourishing our growing bodies.