NYCMS 3rd Graders at the Earth Friends Room

| November 4, 2010

On November 3rd PS 92 3rd graders came to the Earth Friends room at Teachers College to continue their exploration of where food comes from, how it gets to the table, and how to prepare delicious healthy snacks.

The afternoon began with a discussion on food packaging focusing on 3 major questions: What is packaging?  What does it do? What materials does it use?  Students were excited to share their knowledge of packaging, highlighting its importance in keeping food fresh but recognizing how too much packaging can create trash which can be quite bad for the environment.

After the discussion students had the opportunity to work on making oven baked sweet potato fries enjoying one of the most rewarding parts of after-school programming: hands-on cooking fun!  Some students julienned (cut into long strips) the sweet potatoes while others stirred together a dipping sauce of honey and mustard.

Juleinning the sweet potatoes, stirring honey mustard.

After the sweet potatoes were cut they were tossed in olive oil, salt, and pepper and baked in a 400 degree oven for about half an hour.

Getting ready for the oven.

While sweet potato fries cooked students broke into four groups and discussed different kinds of packaging.  Groups looked at cherry tomatoes in a plastic box, tomato juice in a plastic bottle, tomato sauce in a can, and tomato sauce in a plastic jar.  They considered the pros and cons of each form of packaging in addition to looking at the labels to see what information the packaging told them.

Discussing tomato packaging.

After some great packaging brainstorming the fries were finally out of the oven and students had the chance to indulge in the healthy, homemade, bright orange deliciousness!

The final product