Mrs. Konop’s 4th grade history students are studying Wisconsin agriculture and the different products of Wisconsin, including cranberries. They did several activities to learn more about cranberries. They sampled some cranberry foods and drinks, such as cranberry juice, dried cranberries, cranberry sauce, and whole cranberries.
The students also did a cranberry bounce test mimicking on our NCS staircase what the cranberry growers do to see which of the cranberries is healthiest by seeing which bounce the highest. According to the Teachervision.com website, “Cranberries are judged by various attributes: color, size and freshness to name a few. Perhaps the most interesting way berries are judged is if they bounce. Cranberries have pockets of air inside them that make them float and bounce. If a cranberry is damaged or spoiled, it will not bounce. An early New Jersey grower, John "Peg-Leg" Webb, first noted this special property of the cranberry. Because of his wooden leg, he could not carry his berries down from the loft of his barn where he stored them. Instead, he would pour them down the steps. He soon noticed that only the firmest fruit bounced down to the bottom; the rotten and bruised berries remained on the steps. His observations led to the development of the first cranberry bounceboard separator - a method Ocean Spray uses today." To see the rest of this article, click here: https://goo.gl/SQNYLk