First graders in Mrs. Kate Pike’s and Mrs. Darcy Horvath’s classes will likely never look at making pancakes the same again! Recently, they got a special treat while learning about solids, liquids, and gasses. Their lesson started with a brief video and explanation from Mr. Z. on how real maple syrup is made, a staple here in Geauga County. That was followed by Mrs. Pike making the classes pancakes – but while she made them, she demonstrated how the pancake mix was a solid, then when mixed with the ingredients it turned to a liquid, followed by the pancakes “bubbling” up from gas as they cooked on the griddle, and then finally the solid final product of a pancake. Each student got a pancake with a sample of pure maple syrup and “fake” maple syrup. Students taste tested and at the end took a poll to see which syrup they liked better – pure maple syrup won!