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Cream of the Crop

A Harvest of Specialty Crop Lessons


This 10-lesson booklet contains specialty crop themed curricular resources that focus on standards-based connections in science, social studies, language arts, and health and nutrition. The lessons and hands-on activities use specialty crops (fruits, vegetables, honey, maple syrup, and others!) to inspire a natural curiosity in students and lead to awareness and appreciation for food production and healthy food options.

Cream of the Crop

Grades K-2

Amazing Honeybees

Homegrown in Minnesota

From Sap to Syrup

Grades 3-5

Where Did My Soup Come From?

An Apple A Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Grades 6-8

Minnesota Flowers for Pollinators

Minnesota Apples: Sweet Fruit, Bitter Controversies

Food Miles

Grades 9-12

The Science of Apples

Plant Breeding in Specialty Crops