Each child would be given a spiral notebook and/or folder to write notes and do observations. As the children begin answering their questions about the background of sugar I would display the major findings on charts around the classroom. Students would report about what they had learned and world begin with some solid knowledge of where sugar comes from and how it is produced.
Whether through sites on the web or pictures from textbooks, I would show students what sugar cane and beet look like. We would also plot where sugar cane and beet are grown in the United States and around the world.
One of the first activities I would have would be to allow students to observe the different kinds of sugar (white, powdered, raw, brown, fructose, maple syrup, molasses, and honey). There could be a few microscopes or magnifying glasses set up so students could see the individual sugar crystals.
I chose this beginning recipe because it is simple and easy. It also begins with the idea that candy is an old food item that extends back centuries.