Maple, Sugarbush and the Anishinabe
Based on Ininatig's Gift of Sugar The Tradition of Native Sugarmaking by Laura Wittstock
Directions: Use the
links (underlined words) provided to find the
answers to the questions.
1. The book opens with the Anishinabe story about maple trees. Here is a second legend about Maple trees and sugaring. What is the lesson it teaches?
2. Porky begins to plan the sugarbush in the summer. That is a good time to find maple trees because they have their leaves. Write four ways to identify sugar maple trees. Sugar Maple and sugaring facts
3. Consider the map which shows the natural range of the Sugar Maple.
4. People may mark the passing of time through the changing of the moon.
TAI (Think about it) Moons are named after important events in the month.
5. Ice on the lake turning black is one sign of spring. Another sign is the woodpeckers hunting for insects in the trees. What are two early signs of spring in your community?
6. Write three facts about the Anishinabe.
7. Birchbark is mentioned in the book several times.
8. Early explorers wrote about the Indians having three types of maple sugar. Scan down the text. Read the descriptions. Which type(s) were made by the people in this book?
9. Gah-bay-bi-nayss described another sugarbush. Write 2 similarities with the book.
10. The families in the story come from several areas in Minnesota.
What does the word "minnesota" mean?
11. What impact is air pollution having on sugar maple trees?
Who is hurt by this?
1. Do some Internet digging.
2. Describe an event where your family and friends come together.
3. Complete the Sugarbush math project.
4. Is this book an example of narrative, persuasive or informative writing? Explain.
Finished? Excellent! Harness these resources to learn more
Watch Green Thumbs video on TeacherTube Conduct the experiment. What are your findings?
1. The Life of a Sugar Maple Tree Luzadis, V.A. and E.R. Gossett. 1996. Sugar Maple. Pages 157-166. Forest Trees of the Northeast, edited by James P. Lassoie, Valerie A. Luzadis, and Deborah W. Grover. Cooperative Extension Bulletin 235. Cornell Media Services.
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Developed & posted 11/2007 Cynthia J. O'Hora Released to public domain for not for profit use. Updated 2/28/15
Save a tree - use a digital answer format - Highlight the text. Copy it. Paste it in a word processing document. Save the document in your folder. Answer on the word processing document in a contrasting color (not yellow) or font (avoid fancy ones like , ). Or perhaps you have the resources to record verbal answers. If you do, be sure to first read / record the question. Then record the answer immediately after it.
Proof your responses. It is funny how speling errors and typeos sneak in to the bets work.
Tech Tip: Working in a group or in two different places like the library & home? You do not have to be physically together to work together.