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DOUBLE TAP TO ZOOM WITH PHONE OR TABLET Published by Redleaf Press 10 Yorkton Court St. Paul, MN 55117 www.redleafpress.org Using Food in the Classroom A position statement by Lisa Murphy © 2001 by Lisa Murphy All rights reserved. Unless otherwise noted on a specific page, no portion of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or capturing on any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher, except by a reviewer, who may quote brief passages in a critical article or review to be printed in a magazine or newspaper, or electronically transmitted on radio, television, or the Internet. OOEY GOOEY ® is a registered trademark of Ooey Gooey Inc. All rights reserved. First edition 2001 Cover and book design by Andrew Curl Interior photos by Lisa Murphy, Michael Griffen, CéCé Canton, and Kimberly Griffen Printed in the United States of America 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 The topic of using food in the classroom, and please pardon the pun, can be a sticky issue. I use food in the classroom, but not to be a rebel. I believe certain substances in the sensory tub provide a level of tactile exploration that is necessary for children. I have been known to use beans, rice, cornmeal, flour, pasta, un-popped popcorn kernels, corn syrup, pudding, baking soda, and vinegar. But that’s me, and every point has a counterpoint and every rule has an exception. People are passionate about this subject on both sides of the food aisle. Here’s my basic take on it—If you choose to use food, that’s fine; if you choose not to, that’s also fine. A vast majority of the activities in this book do not use food, a few do. Feel free to substitute nonfood items for food items. Or you can ignore the activity altogether. I respect your decision either way. I have been known to make substitutions and change activities myself! “What’s going on here?!”—Wolf Illustration , © 2002 Michelle Murphy Printed on acid-free paper COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL