Submitted by Oswego County BOCES
March 17-21 was Agricultural Literacy Week throughout New York and second-graders learned a lot about something they usually dread — vegetables.
Second-graders at Maroun Elementary School learned about fruits, vegetables and farming during Agricultural Literacy Week.
Jan Smith, of Cornell Cooperative Extension, offered the students some food for thought as she read Tom Darbyshire’s “Who Grew My Soup?”
The story highlights a picky eater’s journey to meet every single farmer who grew the vegetables used in his mom’s 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 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 said.
Teacher Patty Lazarz said Ag 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 state and Common Core Learning Standards.