The Children’s Guild’s Monarch Academy Annapolis Public Charter School students are looking forward to having a little fun this week, April 16th-April 20th with the team from the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation (MAEF), which sponsors mobile laboratories that travel to schools in Maryland. The MAEF mobile labs teach students about Maryland’s rich agricultural heritage and the fascinating aspects of science. The MAEF mobile labs assign one of their teachers to each classroom to allow teachers to learn along with their students. For this mobile lab, the Monarch Academy Annapolis staff selected the lab called Food Fiber and You because it aligned with their 3rd and 4th units of inquiry.
This week, the kindergarteners will get to read a book about a cow in Farmer O’Shanahan’s kitchen and will taste butter they make as a class. The first graders will explore the various seeds of plants used in everyday life. The second graders will make and taste chocolate. The 3rd graders will explore the features of one of Maryland’s major crops, the soybean; and they will get to make glue out of the soybeans’ adhesive properties. The 4th graders will study Maryland resources and industries through their Where We Are in Place and Time Unit called My Maryland. And the 5th graders will find out how genetic technology is used in our agricultural systems.
Stay tuned for an update on how much fun the kids had this week at the mobile lab.