For our class we collected sap from maple trees at Central Middle School to make maple syrup. This year we collected a lot less than previous years. If we compare the differences between this year and last year the difference is astronomical. Last year the sap cooked down to 3 gallons, this year our sap only cooked down to 9.5 cups of syrup.
We believe that weather was responsible for this. In our area the temperature got unusually warm during the sap collecting season. We believe the bigger reason was because of warmer nights. Usually for good sap collecting you would want cold nights and warm days, but it ended up being warm day and night. So due to this not as much sap was flowing. We did this is Ada grand rapids Michigan.
in natural expressions we are collecting sap to make maple syrup. in class it toke up to two weeks to make maple syrup. we made pancakes with the maple syrup that me made in class. it was fun making pancakes with what i made during natural expressions. to collect maple syrup we have to go to a tree where there’s a lot of sap in the tree and first drill a hole into the tree then put a tube inside the tree and wait awhile until the sap is collected we then fill up the bucket and take it back to our school. we then use the sap to make maple syrup and use it for cooking, baking and to give to people as gifts.
my favorite thing about maple syrup was when we made pancakes and put maple syrup on top of the pancakes to make it more better and taste good. One of my favorite things doing was walking down to collect maple syrup.
Today in our wonderful Natural Expression class at CMS we decided to create our own personal milk jug greenhouses. The idea is that the seeds will freeze and then stratify so then we will have wonderful germinated seeds next spring. We used our own native Milkweed seeds that we harvested from our campus in the fall. The first step was to cut a milk jug in half, next we added soil, seeds, and a little water (we made sure to cut filtration holes in the bottom so that precipitation can filter naturally through the jug). Our final step was to tape it shut with the cap off. We then left it in the snow of our courtyard with high hopes we will have germinated seeds and small Milkweed plants to plant in the Spring.
On January 19,2016, CMS students made trail mix for Kid’s Food Basket. Students brought in ingredients such as Cheerios and raisins to help prepare for making the trail mix. The trail mix would eventually become snacks for kids who couldn’t afford food. The program views the treats as a favorite among kids and was glad for the school’s help. The students got this idea from a public service announcement they wrote in Lea Sevigny’s third hour class. They decided that they would like to contribute to the Kid’s Food Basket program and contacted the building in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to see if the program would like to join in. Later on January 19, the students were able to contribute over 100 snacks for kids in Grand Rapids.
Recently in our Natural Expressions class, everyone had the opportunity to loom red baby hats for Little Hats, Big Hearts, a program that brings awareness to heart defects/disease and the American Heart Association. It was a great service learning occasion, and I’m happy to know that everyone in our class was able to contribute, and give babies born in February an adorable red hat. It’s a wonderful program, and it was definitely a fun time learning to loom!