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Harvesting Wheat and Basil and Making Pesto in Grade One November 24, 2012

Ms. Schultz’s and Ms. Hawke’s first graders have been reaping what they sowed last spring. After reading the Little Red Hen, and learning the stages involved in turning wheat plants to flower, students looked at pictures of farms in the past and present to see how wheat was harvested in ht past, and how it is harvested today. Then they went into the garden and went through the process the Little Red Hen followed to make bread. First they harvested wheat stalks, then they separated the straw from the wheat, threshed the wheat with their feet, and then winnowed the wheat — separated the wheat from the chaff by throwing the wheat into the wind and letting the chaff blow away. Next up? Grinding the wheat berries into flour.

A week later Ms. Schultz’s class was at it again, led by classroom garden mom, Betty, picking the basil they planted in the spring and making pesto. Yum!

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