Wisconsin’s Cheese Tradition Continues in Many Ways

Wisconsin is the cheesiest. For over 100 years, the state has led the country in the production of cheese, producing billions of pounds of cheese each year. People are known as cheeseheads, with iconic hats to match.

Jenna McCann, a Multi-age Elementary Educator and K-5 Music Specialist at Merrimac Community Charter School in the Sauk Prairie School District, uses cheese to teach Wisconsin history, math, science, and reading to her 40 first and second grade students. McCann has made cheese with her students for the previous 12 years.

“We use projects to connect everything we are teaching,” McCann said. “It’s the same reading, same writing, same math as all of the other elementary schools, but then we use projects like making cheese to tie it all together.

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