Sweet Science: 5th Graders Learn to Make Syrup

Brandon Weathers
Updated: April 05, 2019 06:23 PM

Four Corners Elementary's 5th grade students have learned to tap maple trees first-hand in the woods behind the school.

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5th grade teacher Nicole Moon said, "the kids learn the science behind it as to why we can take sap from the trees at this point, and they also learn the history of it, as to how the Native Americans did the maple syruping process previously."

They're also taught the role the weather plays in the sap production process. The freeze-thaw cycle worked in the students' favor this year. "About the end of March was when we ended up tapping our trees, and this past week, we've had perfect weather. We've been collecting lots of sap. We've had over 180 gallons," Moon said.

Friday, they collected all of that sap and boiled it down to syrup. 5th grade student Audrina Shearmin said, "we're putting it in a cooker, and all of the water that was in it evaporates, so then it turns into syrup and gets thicker and thicker." They expect to be left with around 4 gallons of syrup.

The kindergarten through 4th graders each took turns hiking out to the site to taste the sap while the 5th graders shared what they have learned.

“Out here at Four Corners, we’re very fortunate to have the ability to just walk out our door and into the woods. We’ve got a great trail out here, and pavilion, that our community has worked really hard to contribute to," Moon said. “A lot of kids don’t necessarily have these opportunities.” 


Brandon Weathers

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