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Lesson 10 – Where Does Maple Syrup Come From?

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Read About Where Maple Syrup Comes From

Vocabulary

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Maple syrup is a sweet syrup made from the sap of maple trees.

Sap is a liquid that flows inside trees and carries food and nutrients.

A spout is used to force liquid out in a steady stream.

Syrup is a thick solution of sugar and water.

A tree trunk is the thick main stem of a tree.

Where Does Maple Syrup Come From?

Sap is a liquid that flows inside trees. Maple syrup is made from the sap of maple trees. Here are the steps farmers use to make maple syrup.

Step 1: Drill a hole in the trunk of a maple tree.

Step 2: Place a metal spout inside the hole. Then hang a bucket under the spout.

Step 3: Wait for the bucket to fill with sap. The sap is clear and comes out one drop at a time. It takes a long time for the bucket to fill with sap.

Step 4: Boil the sap for many hours. This makes the sap change from clear to golden. The sap also turns into a thick syrup.

Step 5: Wait for the syrup to cool. Then pour some on pancakes or waffles.

Did You Know?

Sap contains lots of water. When the sap boils, the water turns to steam and escapes. As steam rises from the sap, the sap gets thicker and thicker.

To learn more about how maple syrup is made, watch the video by Highlights Kids on Youtube.

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