Scrambled State: Utah and Vermont – 5/7

Intro

Down to the bottom of the alphabet and we’re ready for the buzz!  Even though these states are far apart in location, they both produce something sweet and delicious! Today we are going to learn about honey from the beehive state, commonly known as Utah, and maple syrup from Vermont!

K-3

We all have nickname’s and Utah’s is the “Beehive State.” But why a beehive? The symbol of a beehive represents industry and hard work which is what the state is founded on.  In order for us to have yummy, sweet honey, worker bees have to put in a lot of hard work. 

Let’s find out what it takes for honey to happen from this Utah beekeeper!

Your read aloud today is a book called “The Honeybee” by Kirsten Hall.

In order for us to have honey, bees first have to find sweet nectar from flowers and bring it back to the beehive! They might even fly a mile away from the hive for the sweetest nectar!  This means they have a really good sniffer!  How good is your nose?  Try out this fun activity and see if you have a sniffer like a honeybee!

https://www.pbs.org/parents/crafts-and-experiments/smell-like-a-honeybee

Learn more about Utah here!

4-6

Even though Vermont is one of the smallest states in America, it is home to the Green Mountain ridge along with the Appalachian, Hoosac, and Taconic mountains!  Vermont is also the biggest producer of maple syrup in the United States, producing about 2 million gallons per year from more than 1,500 sugarhouses!  That is around 47% of the nation’s total output! 

You may not know this but maple syrup actually comes from maple trees!  So how does it go from tree sugar to a delicious topping for our pancakes?  Find out one process from Maple Guild, the largest sugarhouse in Vermont.

Maple syrup is a thicker, more dense liquid that we love to use on pancakes.  But what happens if the water evaporates from the syrup? Try this activity and find out! The end result might even be tasty! https://www.kiwico.com/diy/Science-Projects-for-Kids/3/project/Maple-Syrup-Crystals/3020

Learn more about Vermont here!

STEM

Not only do we need bees for their skills in making golden, delicious honey, but we need them for pollinating our plants as well!  Did you know that bees are responsible for pollinating 75% the world’s crops?  Let’s help protect their populations by designing and building a beehive from recycled materials! https://www.pragmaticmom.com/2017/07/diy-bee-house-stem-project/

Something for Everyone

If you’re running low on syrup, just do a little magic!

Assessment and Extended Response

K-3

  1. Why is Utah nicknamed the beehive state? (The beehive represents industry and hard work-just like worker bees!)
  2. Why do bees like flowers so much? (Flowers have nectar, a sweet juice, that bees love!  They sip it up and take it back to the hive)

*Can you explain how we get honey from a bees’ perspective?

4-6

  1. What mountain ranges can be found in Vermont? (Green Mountain ridge along with the Appalachian, Hoosac, and Taconic mountains)
  2. How much maple syrup does Vermont produce each year? (around 2 million pounds)

*Explain the process of evaporation and why syrup turns to a solid through that process.

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