Vermont School Garden

A visit to a Vermont public school garden through the seasons.

Popcorn Update: Drying the Harvest

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counting by threes

counting by threes

Mr. Cafferky, our new fourth grade teacher and his assistant, Mr. B. have led their class in a post harvest popcorn  experiment in their classroom. Fourth grade math is all about multiplication and division. I’m hoping that these students will get some firsthand experience counting by threes as they decorate the ceiling of their classroom with bunches of drying popcorn. We won’t leavebundles of popcorn the popcorn up to dry for as long as we did last fall. It already seems “pop-worthy”. One of our problems with school popcorn is knowing when the little kernels are hydrated enough to pop. I think we’ve waited too long last year. The result was very crunchy half-popped popcorn. The good news is that popcorn kernels can be re-hydrated simply by adding water and refrigerating!

teamwork tying

teamwork tying

teacher directions for drying popcorn

teacher directions for drying popcorn

pulling back leaves

pulling back leaves

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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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