Hands-On Cranberry Learning Center Activities

We are excited about our newest product, Crazy for Cranberries – Cross-Curricular Learning Center Activities. Students will use real cranberries and hands-on cross-curricular learning activities to connect with math, science, ELA, and social studies. Activities include measurement, graphing, map skills, writing, tasting, and much more. Fun and learning can happen simultaneously.cranberries

These learning activities  are  engaging and fun no matter where you live. It fits well into any study of the 50 states or US regions. And it’s timely. Get those cranberries while they are fresh and still in the store.

Did you know Wisconsin is the leading producer of cranberries? We are famous for cheese, but cranberries are BIG too!

Wisconsin is projected to produce more cranberries than any other state during this year’s harvest, with an estimated crop of approximately 5.2 million barrels of fruit.

The next closest state is Massachusetts, which is projected to produce about 2 million barrels in 2016.

The estimated harvest in Wisconsin is part of the approximately 8.6 million barrels of cranberries expected nationwide this year, up slightly from 2015’s harvest.

Cranberry production is a nearly $1 billion industry in Wisconsin, employing more than 4,000 people in the state, according  to the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association.

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Crazy for Cranberries Includes:center-1-photo

  • 19 page Teacher Guide
    • Materials and picture guide for each Center
    • Answer Key for Student Journal
    • Optional Print Resources – pages
  • 14 page Student Journal
  • 11 Center Signs

Grade Level: 3-4

QR (Quick Response) Code Reader (Optional)

 Centers 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 10 refer to information from the web that is accessed using a QR reader. (We have included a print option and those documents are included in this teacher guide. Just print those and place them in the center.)

Eleven Learning Centers include:student-cover

  1. Describe a Cranberry
  2. Measuring With Cranberries
  3. Cranberries in the United Sates
  4. Cranberries in Wisconsin
  5. Cranberry Counties in Wisconsin
  6. Traveling to Cranberry Country
  7. Are My Cranberries Fresh?
  8. Tasting Cranberries
  9.  Weigh Station
  10.  Sink or Float – Harvesting Cranberries
  11.  Reading and Writing

 

We pride ourselves on creating products grounded in best practice. We believe learning can and should be fun and interactive. Using learning centers in your classroom will support your students.

Connections to Best Practice for the Cranberry Centers

Students in your classroom will inevitably have a variety of different learning styles. To most effectively “reach” all of your students, you would do well to present information in multiple different ways (Dunbar, 2009).

“The benefits of learning stations are many. Learning stations can be used for myriad purposes—to teach concepts, integrate subject matter, build interest, and allow for inquiry—the possibilities are limited only by the imagination of the teacher and the supplies available” (Jarrett, 2010, p. 56).

“…learning stations are more effective than conventional methods in helping students acquire the knowledge in a unit” (Ocak, 2010, p. 153).

Dunbar, R. W. Presentation at Stanford University, July 2009. Retrieved June 18, 2013. http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/careerprep/teaching/learning.html Teaching Science: What Research Tells Us.

Jarrett, O. (January 2010). Inventive learning stations. Science and Children 47.5: 56-69.

Ocak, G. (2010). The effect of learning stations on the level of academic success and retention of elementary school students. The New Educational Review 21.2: 146-157.

 

Check-out Crazy for Cranberries and our other products at Surviving to Thriving LjL on TPT.

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