Kale Chips, Kale Smoothies, or Kale Salad?

Last year our Education Outside Corps Member, Ms. Fung, led our 4th grade students in a kale planting experiment.  This year’s 4th graders just finished conducting a similar experiment, addressing one of three questions:

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Every student formed a hypothesis and made predictions…

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Then the class planted kale seedlings in the different conditions.

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A few weeks later, each group collected data to test their hypotheses.

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Finally, they graphed their data, formed conclusions, and brainstormed ideas for future experiments.

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In addition to conducting their kale planting experiment this semester, students also cooked and tasted three different kale recipes:

First….

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Then…

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And finally, kale salad (prepared inside due to the rain)!

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The class was split into three groups.  Each group received a bowl with ingredients and a copy of the recipe.  Their mission was to read the recipe, delegate tasks to each student, and prepare the salad within the allotted class time.

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They began working quickly, with some students preparing the kale, others making the dressing, and others cutting fruit and gathering salad toppings.

The groups did a great job working together, and all made delicious salads!

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One of the 4th grade English Language Arts Common Core Writing Standards is to write opinion pieces supporting a point of view with reasons and information.  To prepare for this type of assignment, we took a poll to determine which recipe was most popular, then brainstormed different factors that might make one recipe more favorable than another.  The students discussed:

  • Nutritional Content
  • Recipe Difficulty Level
  • Cost
  • Ingredient Accessibility
  • Taste

All great considerations!  The most popular recipe among AFY 4th graders was kale smoothies.  Which do you like best?

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One Response to Kale Chips, Kale Smoothies, or Kale Salad?

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