Felicia Pinto

About Felicia Pinto

I am an AmeriCorps member serving with Luther College in partnership with the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative.

Plants on our Plates!

At Clayton Ridge second graders learned about parts of plants we eat!  We were able to identify all the parts of a plant along with learning the jobs that each part has.  Then we learned and listed parts of plants that we eat.  Then for the best part, we made a salad along with our own salad dressing.  The salad we created had carrots, cauliflower, spinach, celery, sunflower seeds, peppers and much more!  For our salad dressing we made a honey mustard vinaigrette, which the kids loved. While making it they were a little skeptical and thought putting honey in dressing was silly. But to their surprise it was delicious.  So delicious they were even asking for the recipe to bring home with them. Continue reading

Worms Eat My Garbage!

At MFL Mar/Mac the highly anticipated vermicompost bin is up and running, or crawling I should say.  The two-pound delivery of red wriggler worms arrived this week and was the talk of the elementary.  Each third grade class was responsible for setting up one part of the compost bin.  The first class set up the bedding for the worms.  The second addeP1010223d the food scraps to the bin, and the third class got to add the worms into their new home.  Of course they did not have to touch the worms if they didn’t want to, but most were game for getting their hands dirty.  They were grabbing handfuls of worms like professionals! Continue reading

1 teaspoon 2 teaspoon 10!

In both Clayton Ridge and MFL MarMac schools 1-3rd graders are learning about sugar.

For this lesson we started off with a true and false game were I would read off a sugar fact and they would guess if it was true or false.  The average American child eats 116 lbs of sugar each year….TRUE! Apples, oranges, and bananas have sugar…TRUE! Although each class believed that these were both false statements.  I couldn’t have been more satisfied knowing that they were learning something new about sugar, and I could teach them the difference between natural sugars and added sugars. Continue reading

“Which Witch had a Pair of Pears?”

At MFL/MarMac cross aged teaching has begun!  Local pears were purchased from Swanson Farms and the high school students taught grades K-3rd all about pears.  They read a story to each class which was created by former Americorps member Kayla Koether.  This story contained homophones as well as actions throughout to get the kids moving.  If you are not familiar with homophones (which I had also forgotten what they were) they are words that sound the same but with different meanings.  So to give the story some Halloween spirit the story was about a witch, which witch I cannot tell you, you’ll have to read it yourself. Continue reading

One, two, three, bite!

No better way to spend a beautiful day then in an Apple Orchard!  The second graders at MFL Mar/Mac took a field trip to Seed Savers and I as well as three other AmeriCorps/FoodCorps members helped lead this field trip.  There were three different groups and I along with Megan toured the Apple Orchard.  Just the hike up to the orchard was a lesson in itself.  Always bring a map and/or a walkie-talkie (hahah) considering we P1010171did get a little lost with the first group.  After that little hiccup it was all smooth sailing from there.  At the orchard the kids were allowed to explore and pick 2 apples each.  We then rounded up and talked about how different all of our apples were, and then of course the moment we were all waiting for, we got to try them!  One, two, three bite!  A good portion of the apples were a little on the tart side so the kids faces were priceless.  We all shared what our apples tasted like and before we knew it, it was time to hike back down.  The day was a success and the second graders and I had a blast! Continue reading

Mystery Pizza

After my first harvesting with second grade at Clayton Ridge, we had pounds of eggplant with no purpose.   Personally I love eggplant, but eggplant seems to be one of those overlooked vegetables that not everyone is familiar with.  Which left me to think opportunity for a taste test!  So at Clayton Ridge Middle School the foodservice had offered to help me with a taste test.  I decided to disguise the eggplant like pizza.  We breaded the eggplant with whole wheat bread crumbs (which came from the croutons that the food service ladies make themselves, go them!) baked them with sauce and cheese and had our mini pizzas. Continue reading