Skip to main content
click for home
click for my school bucks click for school tool click for tip line click for google mail click for facebook

CER 5th graders rise to the tasting challenge

Charles E. Riley Elementary School fifth-graders put rising above difficult situations into practice after reading the book, “Esperanza Rising.”
Much like the main character, Esperanza, who faced struggles with new circumstances, the fifth-graders had to persevere through a recent food challenge. Because each chapter was titled with a type of produce harvested by migrant workers in the story, the fifth-grade teaching team had students taste the following fruits and vegetables: raw potato, avocado, grapes, cantaloupe, raw onion, fig, mango and asparagus.
Under the guidance of teachers Pamela Hall, Mary Wilson and Nestor Aviles, students completed a graphic organizer where they utilized figurative language to explain what each option tasted and smelled like. As part of their previous English language arts lessons, students were able to use similes and metaphors to describe the delicious—or gross—foods.
“We want them to have fun with it,” Aviles said.
Fifth-grader Ella Warner wrote that raw onion tasted like something exploded in her mouth, while classmate Allanie White wrote that mango looked slimy like a frog. Popular food samples, such as grapes and cantaloupe, were gobbled up and giggles followed some students’ reaction to their peers not liking the taste of several options.
The event served as a culmination activity to the daily reading of the book in class. Students were also tasked with taking their graphic organizer to compare foods and write a descriptive paragraph about their favorite selection. Aviles said the lesson also spilled into math, where students reviewed how much money was spent on food. They also practiced recent multiplication with decimal lessons to calculate various individual food costs and weights.

Skye Thompson, CER Elementary fifth-grader, flashes a smile before she tries food samples
during a recent ELA activity upon reading the book, “Esperanza Rising.”

Website Accessibility Statement - The Oswego City School District is committed to providing a website that is accessible to all members of our community. Good faith efforts are being made to ensure that our website complies with web accessibility standards. We are actively working to conform to level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. If you have difficulty accessing information on our website, please contact our webmaster and provide the full URL (web address) of the material you tried to access, the problem you experienced, and your contact information. We will contact you and make every effort to assist you in accessing the information.
Please note that some pages contain links to third-party sites. Oswego City School District is not responsible for the content, facts, opinions or accessibility of third-party sites. To file a Section 504/ADA complaint with the district please contact the district
504 Coordinator, any complaint may also be referred to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), 32 Old Slip, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10005, telephone (646) 428-3800 (voice) or (800) 877-8339 (TTY).