Vermont School Garden

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Salsa Experiment: Grade Five

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testing salsas

testing salsas

How hot can you stand it? That’s what the fifth graders and their teacher, Atasi Das were wondering, as students were required to make a plan for inventing their own salsa. On their journey, which began with questions they posed while visiting the garden, they learned about what make a jalapeno pepper hot.

cilantro

cilantro

basil and cilantro

basil and cilantro

dicing onions

dicing onions

dissecting jalapeno

dissecting jalapeno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

help with jajlapenos

help with jajlapenos

tomato prep

tomato prep

slicing tomatoes

slicing tomatoes

More jalapenos!

More jalapenos!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

inventing salsa

inventing salsa

 

Sampling salsa

Sampling salsa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After prep work, students recorded types and amounts of ingredients in their salsas as if  they were creating a recipe. Then they tried and rated their peers’ concoctions. Some were pretty hot! The recorded the mode and mean for hotness on a scale from 1 to 10 for their recipes. Information was collected and published. (Click on any image to enlarge.) Stay tuned for results.

experiment write up 1

experiment write up 1

experiment writeup 2

experiment writeup 2

experiment writeup 2

experiment writeup 2

experiment writeup 3

experiment writeup 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Author: vermontschoolgarden

I have been an elementary teacher at the Westminster Center School for 30 years. For most of those years, I maintained a garden as part of my teaching curriculum resource. Now I am the Garden Coordinator for all of the Westminster Center School classrooms.

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