It’s been a rainy and unpredictable week (weather wise) and one of our favorite go to activities during garden time indoors is breaking down ingredients in our favorite foods and tracing them back to sun, soil, water, and air. I do this activity with the first graders and it was a lesson found in Life Lab’s curriculum book called The Growing Classroom. We start the lesson by pretending to be detectives for the day to find out what all the ingredients have in common. Together we then work on tracing the parts of a hamburger back to sun, soil, water, and air on the whiteboard. Students then choose their favorite food and and work on their food source diagram at their tables. At the end we circle up and each student shares their favorite food to the class and shows their work. It’s a great circle time activity to get to know your students by finding out what they enjoy eating. Here are some examples from first graders. A lot of our 1st graders enjoy ice-cream!