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Students learn about foods in their soup

140319BarrWhoGrewSoupCoverSome Barringer Road second grade students learned about foods we eat that come from farms in New York State—even right in our own backyard. Second grade student Danielle Almond was impressed to hear how many foods are grown in New York. Danielle commented, “You can find good foods on farms all over New York State.”

Wendy Richardson from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Herkimer County was a guest reader for Agricultural Literacy Week. She read the story Who Grew My Soup by Tom Darbyshire. The story follows a ten year old boy, Phineas Quinn, as he learns about how and where the vegetables in his soup were grown.

Agriculture Literacy week is held each year to promote awareness, understanding, and appreciation of agriculture and the food and fiber system. Volunteers visit classrooms across the state to read a book and do an activity based on agriculture.  Learn more about Agriculture Literacy week and the book (PDF).

The students participated in a fun activity to remind them to eat from the five food groups every day. The students made cut-outs of hand prints and wrote the five food groups on each finger. They added an example of each food group that they like to eat.  “I learned that half of your plate should be fruits and vegetables at every meal,”  said second grade student Emily Cerio.

“Our activity was fun and helpful.” said second grade teacher Gina Kirkpatrick, “This will help us remember that there are five food groups to choose from to stay healthy.”

Ms. Richardson also reminded them of the importance of daily exercise for a healthy body and mind.

Wendy Richardson of Cornell Cooperative Extension teaches students about the five food groups and the importance of eating well and exercising.

Wendy Richardson of Cornell Cooperative Extension teaches students about the five food groups and the importance of eating well and exercising.

Barringer Road second graders show off their projects created during the Ag Literacy Week presentation.

Barringer Road second graders show off their projects created during the Ag Literacy Week culminating activity.