Maple Sap to Maple Syrup is an Integrated Unit of study for grades 4+ including Social Studies (history), Science (Water Cycle & Photosynthesis as connected to Maple Sugar), and Writing (Legends). A comprehensive background section is provided for the teacher summarizing the history and science of harvesting Maple Sugar trees in North America with links to external resources provided.
Lesson topics and activities include:
Social Studies - focus on the evolution of equipment used in harvesting and processing of maple sap from First Nations through to current day.
Science - Anatomy of a tree, creating sugar solutions and two methods of evaporation. Inquiry cards provided for individual, student or whole class extension projects.
Writing - Study of two Maple Sugar legends followed by research and writing of a legend.
Westview Learning's eBook Today I Discovered The Sugar Bush, also available on TPT, provides picture and movie clip reference to the traditional methods used by one Ontario family to harvest Maple sap.
Note: This Unit is also available in French.