Fossil and Corn Tortillas

Today’s garden class at Toluca Lake Elementary School combined cooking with paleontology.

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We celebrated our last day of the rotation by cooking corn tortillas and talking about dinosaurs! We followed a simple recipe to make the tortilla masa- corn flour, water and salt. Most kids had eaten tortillas, but none of them had made them before!

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We then discussed fossils.   Many fossils are imprints on rocks that have left permanent evidence of past living organisms. The students roamed the garden to pluck a leaf of their choosing. They pressed the leaf in to imprint it’s details. We cooked up the tortillas and had a wonderful garden snack celebration!

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Jessica Brown