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Elwood Students Play with Food to Learn

Students of James H. Boyd Intermediate School complete a task using cranberries that reinforced concepts they learned in math, science and reading. Photo by Elwood Schools.
Students of James H. Boyd Intermediate School complete a task using cranberries that reinforced concepts they learned in math, science and reading. Photo by Elwood Schools.

Elwood students at James H. Boyd Intermediate School learned recently that playing with their food can sometimes be a good thing.

Third-grade students in Liz Held’s and Beth Noon’s classes took part in Cranberry Day, in which students spent the morning rotating through eight interactive stations centered on a cranberry theme. 

Activities included measuring the distance a cranberry will bounce, estimating the number of cranberries in a container, creating cranberry art, tasting different types of cranberries and simulating a cranberry bog. At each station, students were asked to complete a task that reinforced concepts that they are learning in math, science and reading.

“Students used scientific inquiry skills such as observation, predicting outcomes and organizing data as well as mathematical skills like estimating and measuring to complete these hands-on tasks,” Held said. “The activities reinforced the skills and concepts taught in the classroom and meet the rigorous standards of the Common Core.”

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