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Sugarbush Spring



The traditional art of gathering sap to make maple syrup is brought to life in this richly illustrated story.  A young girl works alongside her grandfather tapping the maple trees while learning about the special relationship between humans and the natural world.  The strong family bonds described in the book will resonate with young students as they explore the origins of the familiar sweet treat that announces the arrival of a Canadian spring.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

This book makes an excellent introduction to a sugar bush field trip where students actively experience the syrup making process described in the story.  Science outcomes could be investigated through observing the changes in hot syrup when it is poured on snow or exploring how temperature affects sap movement.  Students could also create a photo essay about maple syrup to understand the important cultural links between nature and humans.

The story's knowledge sharing theme could translate into an action project linking students with elder community members who describe memories of living off the land.  The class could then create a "living history" video that could be shown at a special event honouring older citizens.

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Themes Addressed

Ecosystems (1)

  • Appreciating the Natural World

Food & Agriculture (1)

  • Local Food