Strange critters were seen in Erin Folchi’s third-grade classroom at Loyalton Elementary School on Friday, Oct. 25, but actually the students made them.
Members of the Plumas Sierra Cattlewomen ( Lorrain Church, LeighAnne Isgreen and Nancy Thompson) taught the students how to create the beasts.
Beginning with a refrigerated biscuit, each student made a small indentation in the middle of the dough. Next came a glob of ground beef seasoned with taco flavoring. (This formed the body of the spider.) Shredded cheese, representing a web, was sprinkled on next. This was followed by a squirt of ketchup (blood). To give the creature personality, two olive eyes were placed on top. After they came out of the oven, eight pretzel sticks were added for legs.
Thus the “spooky spider biscuit”was completed and quickly devoured by the students as they exited the room for recess.
Then came part two of the event. Since Cattlewomen members take pride in their support of the cattle industry, students were given information about the many by-products a cow provides.
Nearly 100 percent of a cow is found in daily life. Besides steaks, roasts and hamburger, many of the essentials used every day contain contributions from a cow.
The brain is used in anti-aging cream and medicines. Bones contribute to refined sugar, charcoal and fertilizer. Hair is used in brushes. Skin is in gelatin, sheetrock and adhesives.
The list for the uses of fat is very long and contains deodorant, crayons and rubber.
After the students discussed the list of by-products, each one had a “Where’s Waldo” type of puzzle to find the items that parts of a cow were in.