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Do-it-Yourself Maple Sugaring Multidisciplinary Curriculum


Do-it-Yourself Maple Sugaring Multidisciplinary Curriculum

for Ages 9-17

A full academic year program featuring more than 100 educational activities

on biology, earth science, language and the arts, science and technology, history, geography and social science, health and wellness and more!

Do-it-Yourself Maple Sugaring is a multidisciplinary curriculum designed as an educational supplement to the book Maple Sugar from sap to syrup: the history, lore, and how-to behind this sweet treat, by Tim Herd. (Storey Publishing) The book is available from the author and online booksellers. A Do-it-Yourself Tapping Kit, which is used for one of the major activities, is available only from the author.

Maple Sugar book cover

(Although Canada and the New England states are well-known as maple syrup producers, maple trees thrive over most of North America, and nearly anyone with access to a maple can tap the tree to make maple syrup!)

While the students develop virtuous habits and many practical employment and life skills, they also follow the footsteps of both bygone and present maple syrup producers to learn the lore, tap the trees, secure the sap, separate the sugar, and taste the treat. This is a series in which they can truly enjoy the fruits of their labor: sweet!

Academic Subjects

  • history, geography & indigenous cultures
  • environmental  & biological sciences
  • science & technology
  • language expression
  • mathematics
  • social & consumer sciences
  • business management
  • music, arts & craftsmanship
  • health & physical development
  • food preparation & science
  • natural history & resources

 Skills Development

  • reading & writing
  • speaking & presenting
  • independent study
  • researching
  • outdoor skills & safety
  • critical observing & thinking
  • interpersonal relations
  • mental & physical agility
  • planning & budgeting
  • leadership

 Character Virtues

  • Responsibility
  • Integrity
  • Excellence
  • Collaboration
  • Work Ethic
  • Patience
  • Persistence


Curriculum Format

The lessons are based on the seven chapters of the book:

1. Drawn from Wood   native origins

2. Ye Olde Confectionary Craft   colonial methods

3. Family Tree Gallery   maple identification

4. The Secret Life of Trees  sugar production

5. For Fun & Profit & Hard Work  modern  sugar farming

6. Do-it-Yourself   step-by-step instructions

7. Maple Delights   confectionary perfection

Because students learn in many different ways (visual, auditory, tactile, kinesthetic and social), Do-it-Yourself Maple Sugaring is designed to provide many avenues to maximize the learning potential.  Each lesson offers contextual information and activities in the following applications:

1. Comprehend      A particular chapter in the book is assigned for reading and absorbing. This may be done orally or silently in class or assigned as homework. A Word Work vocabulary list, derived from the chapter, presents words the students must master. Teachers may choose to introduce the list to students before they read the assigned pages to call attention to their use and context. A Quick Quiz allows for a review or test of new knowledge gleaned from the chapter upon conclusion of the unit. Alternatively, it may be used as an Active Reading Guide upon beginning the unit to spur engagement and retention.

2. Think & Discuss      A specific issue or topic in the chapter is presented with additional background and thought-provoking questions to stimulate the students’ critical thinking and engage in conversational dialog with their peers and teacher, promoting more in-depth understanding, productive relationships, and articulate communication.

3. Investigate     This hands-on activity centers on a more in-depth exploration of a related topic suggested in the chapter. Such direct engagement in the lesson promotes better retention and application to other life-learning situations as they become immersed in the fun of the learning process.

4. Research      Independent research and study is a crucial skill required in nearly all professions, and is offered here as a developmental opportunity to seek out a multitude of outside informational resources and synthesize a qualified report on a particular subject, process, or results.

5. Create      This special hands-on project allows students to learn by doing while crafting a practical product whose use and value is enhanced by their own personal investment in the learning process.

6. Experiment     Both science and our minds expand through thoughtful and observant experimentation. In an experiment designed to extend comprehension of underlying causes and effects, techniques and processes, and other scientific principles, students grow in cognitive development and reasoning.

7. Venture      This optional endeavor suggests an extended, in-depth development project that requires extensive planning, preparations and collaborations, thereby developing student leadership and extending the learning process from the classroom into a practical, real-life application. It is intentionally outwardly focused to contribute to a larger purpose in the community.

8. Engage     This element suggests an enriching family- or group-based activity that may further engage the community of learners in related affairs, organizations, opportunities and events.

9. Additional Resources     The amount and type of additional resources vary by lesson, but do include:Supplemental Information & Materials for use in lesson activities, Extension Activities & Projects for continued application, and Bibliography & Online Resources for further study and learning

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Roger B February 21, 2018 5:21 am UTC
Not in a format that is super useable:-( There is material here but I want quick and easy- this is research and materials collected that I now need to put in a format useable for my students. I want worksheets, handouts, powerpoint, etc... if I am paying for curriculum. I would look elsewhere next time as the title is appropriate: Do-It-Yourself... save your $10 people.
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File Last Updated:
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This title was added to our catalog on August 01, 2014.