written by Anika and Keenan
The grade 2s and 3s planted the grain in the spring. We used a grid system to make sure the seeds had room to grow. As the seasons changed, the crop went from lime green to golden brown. Now we are in grade 3 and 4! In the fall, we cut the wheat heads off with our scissors. We collected the wheat heads in the bottom half of a milk jug. We used a stone to thresh the wheat heads. Next we winnowed the grain. This helps remove the chaff from the grain. When we were done winnowing, we were left with grain. It takes 2 and 1/2 cups of grain to make 4 cups of flour. This makes one loaf of bread and it took 4 hours to bake. We used all of our own whole wheat flour and a little bit of white flour from the store. It smelled delicious! We had honey and margarine on our bread.
We enjoyed harvesting the crop. We learned about the stages of growing wheat ~ the wheat life cycle. We had never done anything like this before. It was very fun! We had to work together through each of the stages.
Thank you Mrs. Chapnick for doing this project with us.