Courage Confidence Character Building
FUN ACTIVITIES FOR INDIVIDUALS OR TEAMS:
-Cooking (baking) and Growing
- Conducting a survey to determine various age groups' favorite pizza
- Brainstorming to determine which ingredients would lead to a best selling � prize pizza�
- Developing the �prize pizza� recipe
- Tracing pizza back to the soil (farm or greenhouse)
- Conducting an experiment growing sweet corn in sand or subsoil compared to topsoil and discovering the value of protecting our soil and water resources
- Brainstorming to decide what would be the best logo to attract attention for their �prize pizza�
- Designing a place mat to keep children occupied while they wait on their pizza
- Baking and marketing their �prize pizza� (with a tasting and marketing contest)
- Visiting a farm to see the source of ingredients in their �prize pizza�
- Playing a game where teams (bid on and buy) a farm enterprise and determine which is most profitable
If you preferred, individuals and/or teams could keep their notes or reports on the Word documents below and they could be printed. One can modify, delete or add activities.
Set the stage�get their attention-demonstrate with apple & sweetcorn.The apple demonstration in UNIT ONE, puts in perspective the Earth�s limited soils for food production.
The apple demonstration in UNIT ONE, puts in perspective the Earth�s limited soils for food production.
Hold up an Apple.
Cut � out of the apple (representing the portion that island. The � represents water on the earth�ocean , lakes and rivers. Then cut the land in half (1/2 of the � piece = 1/8 representing mountains, deserts where people live but not all this land can grow food). On this 1/8 portion of theapple, cut crosswise in four equal pieces representing 1/32 or 3.1 % of the Earth. Peel one of these four pieces and say this represents the small amount of the Earth that will grow food. So we must protect our soil from erosion. We live in a part of the world with that valuable topsoil sometimes referred to as the bread basket of the world.
Soil-Root Link To Conservation 4-27-12 Importance of Soil and water conservation! See Resource below to demonstrate the force of the raindrop as it hits unprotected soil surface and starts the erosion process.
It takes many years to develop one inch. Engineers in road and construction site design, require the contractors to scrape off the topsoil, stockpile it and re-spread it over the newly constructed area.Why?...to get a stand of grass to grow�topsoil is valuable! Topsoil is extremely valuable for food production and Unit One allows children to explore and discover this important lesson.
To understand the value of conservation, it is best to have kids compare the growth of plants (like sweet corn) in top soil vs. subsoil or sand. There are sandy soils in parts of the Midwest, where topsoil has been eroded and farmers are planting into basically a sandy soil, so comparison of top soil growth to growth in sand is realistic. With all the severe erosion and flooding we have had, it behooves us to give children a general understanding of the importance of conservation. The uncontrolled raindrop erodes topsoil. As topsoil is washed off it takes nutrients and fertilizer with it causing flooding, pollution, channel, river and canal sediment cleanout�costing taxpayers billions of dollars.
UNIT ONE-Researching Soils (grow your pizza ingredients in good soils!)
Which Soil Is Best For Growing Pizza Ingredients? Soil is the foundation to your new business!
If sand is used in the plant/root Plexiglass box, rather than subsoil in comparing plant/root growth to topsoil, drill a hole inthe bottom of the sand side of the box, so the roots of the plant will not reach the water level and result in better growth than naturally growing in sandy soil. In sandy soil, the roots don�t have sufficient moisture as the rain percolates down through the profile of the soil beyond the roots of plants. If you do drill the hole in the sand side of the box so excess water drains out, place the Plexiglas box in a pan to collect the water.
Student Plan UNIT ONE 5-18-12 Explore and discover quality soil and gain an appreciation for protecting it.
Student Plan UNIT TWO 5-18-12 Research as to what is the best pizza for the future.
Student Plan UNIT THREE 5-18-12 Develop a logo, placemat and marketing your ideas for promoting your �Prize Pizza�and Pizzeria
Student Plan UNIT FOUR 5-18-12 Prepare for competition -judging and or demonstrating.
Soil-Root Link To Conservation 4-27-12 Importance of Soil and water conservation! The force of the raindrop as it hits an unprotected soil surface starts the erosion process.
Web Page Conservation 4-4-12 Answers to Soil and Water Conservation Questions.
Tracing Pizza Flow Chart 4-7-12 Trace ingredients from �slice to soil.�
Food and Fiber Cycle 5-17-12 Trace the different stages of food and the many careers involved in creating your �PrizePizza.�
Logo placemat 4-8-12 Be creative in designing your pizzeria logo and placemat to attract attention, providing fun activities as kids wait for their pizza.
Research Market Your Pizza 4-8-12 It isimportant that your marketing research team be creative in attracting customers in wanting to eat your �Prize Pizza.�
www.zunal.com/webquest.php?w=105657 Echo Hill -Linn/Mar School District, Sarah Russell, Teacher. (She developed this website for her students to use in preparing for the Pizz-A-Thon.)
Kids may want to use this website in their Pizz-A-Thon research(crop-meat-pizza ingredient web sites). Sarah Russell's Echo Hill ElementarySchool, Marion IA class of 73 fourth graders composed of 12 teams competed in the 2012 Cedar Rapids Area Pizz-A-Thon.
Happy Joe's Pizza, and Linn, Scott and Rock Island IL County Farm Bureaus have been annual sponsors.