MAPLE SYRUP PRODUCTION
Microsoft ® Office PowerPoint
of Slides: 39
for grades: 3 - 12
presentation will teach students about the process of making maple
syrup. Students will learn
that maple syrup is made from the sap of a Maple tree and that the
process is known as “sugaring”.
The history of syrup making is introduced.
It was the First Nations people of
who discovered “sinsibuckwud” which in Algonquin means “drawn from
wood” and who used syrup as a food source and as a medicine. Maple
sugar was the first kind of sugar produced in
and remained the standard sweetener until 1875 when cane sugar became
Statistics about syrup production will show that
produces about 85% or the world’s maple syrup and that the Sugar Maple
(Acer saccharum) contains the
highest concentration of sugar and produces a syrup with the best
Students will review Photosynthesis and the process by which trees
accumulate starch. Included
is information about the sugaring off season and how rising daytime
temperatures cause pressure within the maple trees resulting in a flow
of sap within the tree.
Slides show how large maple trees must be before they can be
“tapped”, how holes are drilled in trees, how many taps may be
drilled into each tree, and how quickly a tree heals the tap holes.
Students will view a slice of a tree trunk, known as a
“cookie” to see healed tap holes.
show both metal and plastic taps/spiles as well as the use of metal
buckets and plastic vacuum tubbing currently in use to capture sap flow.
will view exhibits from the Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area Sugar Bush
demonstrating new and old methods of sap collection and production. Old
pots in which to evaporate sap water can be viewed as well as a modern
“sugar shack” with stainless steel evaporators.
presentation ends with some fun facts about sugaring. Did
you know that sap does not flow during the night and that it takes 40
buckets of sap to make 1 bucket of syrup?
photosynthesis, starch, sap, taps, spiles, sugar bush, sugar shack, hog
head, evaporator, run.
Roiser BAA, BEd &
Kevin Chorowiec OCT, BAS, BEd