Food and Our Final Event

This week in ASAP we practiced the song “Let it Grow” and made pizza, smoothies, and a popcorn topping with the sugar kelp (saccharina latissima) that we grew.  Then parents and friends came to the school for our culminating event, so we could share what we learned with them, perform our song, and enjoy the food together.  This was our last ASAP event.  Thank you to everyone who made the program possible!

 

We crushed dried kelp using a mortar and pestle.  We sprinkled this kelp powder on popcorn.

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We made pizza that had kelp as a topping.  We also made pineapple-strawberry-kelp smoothies.

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There was kelp cornbread.  There were also kelp crunch bars and kelp salad.

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We brainstormed fun facts that we learned during ASAP and wrote them on cards.

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When the parents and community members arrived, we watched our seaweed commercial videos from earlier in ASAP.

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We shared the fun facts we learned during ASAP with the audience.

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We performed “Let it Grow.”  It is to the tune of “Let it Go” from the Disney movie Frozen.

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Art and Music with Seaweed

Today in ASAP we learned a song about growing kelp.  We will perform the song at our culminating event next week.  We also made seaweed sun prints and book marks to display at the event.  We also got to take a peek in the school freezer at the kelp we harvested and processed.  Photo journal entry below!

First we rehearsed the song “Let it Grow.”  We talked about LPAs and the DMR.

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We learned hand motions and words.

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We went to the basement. We placed seaweed on special paper. We did it in the dark so it could be set before we went to the light.

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Erin sprayed the paper with water.

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Here is the final product.

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We made bookmarks with card stock and tape and seaweed. We put tape over a hole in the cardstock, put seaweed on the tape, and put another piece of tape over the whole thing.

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Erin took us to take a survey about ASAP on an ipad.

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At the very end of ASAP we went to check on the kelp we froze a few weeks ago.  We get to eat it next week!

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Harvest Time!

On May 4 we harvested the kelp!  Tollef came to help us in his boat.  Several parents also helped.  Please enjoy the pictures and journal entry.  

Tollef met us at the dock, and we made a plan.

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We found an elver.

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We put the GoPro camera on Jonathan.

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We took the rope off the piling and pulled it out of the water.

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We used a hauler to hold the line out of the water.

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We took kelp off the line.  We separated the blades of kelp from the ectocampus, another type of seaweed that we don’t want to eat.

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We pretended to be kelp spores and ran down the dock to help us stay warm.

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We tested the water.

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We cleaned the kelp, blanched it, and froze it.

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We tasted some of the kelp.  Not bad!

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Baby Kelp Pictures

Happy Earth Day!  Thanks to Kay Johnson, Heather Anne Wright, and Fluid Imaging Technologies for these fantastic photos of our baby kelp, taken last week using a FlowCam.

 

Here is a picture of the microscopic camera (FlowCam) used to take the pictures.

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Here are the pictures:

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Jeopardy!

Today in ASAP we looked at a picture of the baby kelp we are growing at Ponce’s, read a book called Aquaculture for ME, and played Aquaculture Jeopardy!  We wrapped up by writing a photo journal entry.  Please enjoy!

 

This is a picture of our baby kelp. We talked about the kelp using as many adjectives as we could.  Some of the adjectives were: greenish/brown, tiny, cute, slimy, wet, cold, and hairy/mossy.

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We read a book called Aquaculture for ME (PDF of book available here: http://teachmefoodandfarms.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/Aquaculture-for-ME.pdf).  We talked about the book and asked questions.

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Gretchen came to ASAP.  She is from the University of New England.  She is studying aquaculture.  She answered some questions about her work.  Some of the questions she answered were:

What does her lab look like?

How do they keep the water cold there?

How do they reproduce more baby kelp?

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We played Aquaculture Jeopardy!  (Full game available here: https://jeopardylabs.com/play/aquaculture10.)

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We had two teams.

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We had to answer questions about aquaculture.

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Some of the questions were:

What do we call shellfish with two shells?  (Bivalves)

What are baby seaweed called?  (Spores)  What about baby shellfish?  (Larvae or seed)

How many acres are used for finfish aquaculture in the state of Maine?  (665)  Seaweed aquaculture?  (30)  Shellfish aquaculture? (577)

 

We could use the books Aquaculture for ME and the Aquaculture for ME Activity Book to help us find the answers.

 

Team 1 won.  It was a comeback.  At the end we shook hands.

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Commercials Are Up!

Check out our commercials from last week’s ASAP at the following links!  All commercials are unlisted on YouTube, so you must use the links below to access them.

 

Biofuel

Kineo, William, and Marshal

https://youtu.be/nkCVl8P7xqM

 

Cut/Burn Gel

Izzy and Annabel

https://youtu.be/LenVj5ZQfoc

 

Ice Cream

Carol Anne, Aggie, and Devon

https://youtu.be/UN__6jleZOY

 

Lotion

Natalie and Caroline

https://youtu.be/oY5EQUx4_kI

 

Seaweed Bites

Aran and Isla

https://youtu.be/L39blOM_65s

 

Vitamins

Hazel and Tilly

https://youtu.be/FE_rRE2xugM

 

Sushi

Ms. Train and Erin

https://youtu.be/Q6Tw1G_Zmb0

Coming up on March 30

3:30-3:50 Snack time, reading, & kelp update

Read AQ for ME book

Use describing words to talk about our long line (Erin will bring a picture)

3:50-4:20 Aquaculture themed Jeopardy

4:20-4:45 Games OR Photo paper art

Photosynthesis Relay

Pin the Holdfast on the Longline

OR

Use seaweed + photo paper to make prints

4:45-5:00 Photo journal and play time

Seaweed for Sale!

Today in ASAP we learned about the commercial uses of seaweed.  The kids watched two videos to review the kelp growing process.  Then they talked as a group about various products that contain seaweed.  They were assigned a product to make a commercial about with a partner.  YouTube links to the commercials will be available soon.  As usual, we wrapped up the afternoon by writing a photo journal entry together.  Check it out below!

We watched a video of people harvesting kelp (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgkBZq0CDqI).

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We watched a video about why people grow kelp and how kelp is used (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHtx5bNxORw).  We talked about what we learned from the videos.

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Erin showed us some of the different products that are made from seaweed.

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We watched Ms. Train and Erin show how to brainstorm ideas for a commercial and practice the commercial.

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We each got a partner.  Each group got a product.  We brainstormed why our product was awesome.

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We practiced our commercials.

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We videotaped our commercials (YouTube links coming soon!).

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Here are pictures of each group explaining their product:

 

Our product was the cut and burn gel. It is great because it helps cuts and scrapes and burns heal.

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Our product was lotion.  It is anti-wrinkle.

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Our product was biofuel.  It is a type of gas that you put in cars.

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Our product was seaweed as a food.  One of us was the waitress.  She recommended the nori because it’s healthy and has vitamin C and calcium.

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Our product was ice cream. They put seaweed in ice cream to make it smooth and creamy.

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When some of us were done with our commercials, we used the picture of the rig that we made the first week of ASAP to label a diorama. The parts are long line, tag line, buoy, weight, kelp, and water.

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Check the blog again soon for links to our commercials on YouTube!