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
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
At Clayton Ridge Middle School the cafeteria was serving up some local cauliflower. Not just your ordinary cauliflower it was purple, yellow and white! It was gorgeous! All of the kids were very curious and gung ho about trying it. Especially the fifth and sixth graders. Continue reading
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
NE Iowa schools serve locally grown foods during October Farm to School Month
Before traveling to the Clayton Ridge School garden I had heard about the rock slide that had ruined to what they believed was most of, if not their entire garden. Although to my great surprise the seedlings that the first graders planted survived! Not only did they survive, but were producing large amounts of produce. Continue reading
After some crazy weather, high school students at Clayton Ridge led by Dana Einck and Steve Zaruba were finally able to get out and plant the remainder of the school garden last Thursday. It was sunny and beautiful, and though they had to re-till, after a few hours the approximately 40′ x 80′ garden was planted, complete with bean-pole teepees.