By Pilar Martin
BURRTON—Things are really poppin’ at Burrton High School. Dana Kreie’s Family and Consumer Science (FACS) class is on a mission to teach younger students about grains, nutrition, and especially popcorn.
Kreie said she received information in the mail about a contest sponsored by Popcorn.org. Schools enter the Popcorn Pep Club for a chance to win $500-$2,500 for their school. Kreie showed a video to the students and they thought it was something to try for.
Kreie and the FACS students had to come up with a theme, plan what their entries would be, and who they could teach different ages all about popcorn and nutrition. The class targeted pre-school through fifth grade students at Burrton.
“We really had to come up with age-appropriate lessons for each class,” FACS student Marissa Hurst said. “Counting kernels would work for kindergarteners but would be really boring for fourth graders.”
Each grade has learned about how and where popcorn grows. And that very special lesson of the science, what makes kernels pop into that fluffy, nutritious snack. Each class popped popcorn. Some of the popcorn was used to make a farm scene that would
be entered as part of the contest.
First graders made a pumpkin vine patch. Second grade students made the barn and trees. Third graders made the sheep, cows and fencing. Fourth graders built the windmill and crops. And fifth graders will finish off the scenery with a tornado and silo.
Besides learning about how popcorn is made, students also got to eat some of the popped corn. Older classes made popcorn balls or added flavoring to the popped corn.
“It was important to teach them how much flavoring the could use and the snack still be nutritious,” FACS student Mia Sims said.
Kreie and her class are excited about the contest.
“This has been such a wonderful learning experience,” Kreie said. “My students have to learn what works and what doesn’t for different age levels. And they have created some real bonding with the younger students.”
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