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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