The students at West Vernon were delighted to try a staple food from the Middle East, a geographical region they had only vaguely heard of before the lesson.
Not a single student had tried hummus before, but it is safe to say that all 80 students who tried it were coming back for seconds, thirds, with some claiming they tried it 20 times (believable), and some 1 million times (not as believable)!
This might have to do with the fact that most students were familiar with and enjoyed the taste of garbanzo beans (or chickpeas), the primary ingredient in hummus. We also picked parsley from the garden to garnish the dish, and tried the hummus with carrots, cucumbers, and baked pita chips.
For the educational lesson portion, we tried to list as many countries we could think of in the Middle East, and we were able to come up with Turkey, Egypt, Iraq, and Iran. We then went to the globe to identify the aforementioned countries and learned their precise geographic locations as well as which other countries are contiguous to the ones we mentioned!
The rest of the class was spent weeding (as we do every class) and voting on the new summer veggies and fruit to plant! We had votes for tomatoes, strawberries, and cucumbers. Tune in to find out what we end up planting in our next class!