Posts by Ashley Banuelos

Garden helpers to the rescue!

The students at Clifford each had a duty in the garden, either to get rid of aphids, lay down compost, or add plant labels to our garden. My first grade class were my garden helpers and helped lay compost to the garden, they reviewed the properties of compost and why it is important for our…

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Using our senses to explore the garden

Today, the students used their senses to explore the garden. It was the first time in a few weeks that they were able to go out into the garden so we observed together what changed since the rains. My 4th grade class split into 5 groups, for each sense, and wrote a story using their…

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Making spicy salsa!

Today was a favorite: we were in the garden, making some food! The students wrote a salsa recipe and learned about words they might see while reading a recipe, like chop, carve, knead, and drain. Each made their own recipe template and filled it out as we assembled the ingredients for Pico de Gallo! They…

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Using Our 5 Senses at Utah Street

The students at Utah Street Elementary started a new rotation! They were very excited to explore the garden, some of them for the very first time. Being the clouds were not dribbling with rain, it was a perfect day for exploring our space. After going over garden rules, the students used their five senses: smell,…

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Wiggly Worms at Clifford

Regardless of the rain, students at Clifford still got to play with worms! I brought the worms to their classrooms today and we learned about the creature’s anatomy, their role in the garden, and which foods they like best. Worms are also very important in composting and bringing nutrients into the soil! The students don’t…

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Aphids: bad bug

The garden at Arts in Action has aphids on the celery! This was a great time to talk to the students at about the good and bad bugs we have in the garden. The students learned about the anatomy of aphids and their role in the garden. They also learned about other bad and good…

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Worms! Worms! Worms!

Following our lesson last week about composting, the students at Clifford got to play with worms today. They learned about the word “vermicomposting,” what it means, and how worms are involved. They also learned about what the worms like and don’t like. Once the students started to explore with the worms, they had to identify…

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Learning about Compost at Clifford

Today the students at Clifford learned about compost;= — how it is good for the soil, how it is made, and what is it made of. The students added food waste to our compost bin and ripped up paper for our browns and greens! Because it was Valentines Day, I challenged the students to look…

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Soil Exploration at Arts in Action

Today at AIA, the students learned about the three parts that soil. They completed an experiment by putting soil and water into a jar and shaking it. After a few moments of the contents settling, they were able to see the different parts of the soil fall to the bottom from heaviest to lightest. We…

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Getting into flowers

Students at Arts in Action learned more about pollination, understanding the parts of the flower that are involved. They drew a diagram of the Stigma and Anthers on a flower in their garden notebook, additionally some students drew a full diagram on the chalkboard to show the rest of the class. Later, the students went…

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Busy Busy Bees

A new cycle began at Clifford Elementary this week, the students learned about the different bees that live in a hive and the process of pollination. Students placed Cheetos (pollen) on top of cotton balls (nectar) and picked the nectar out, leaving traces of “pollen” and placed that on another flower. Also, the rain has…

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Queen Bee, Worker Bee, Drone Bee

The students at Arts in Action learned how the hive works, who’s in it, and how it is made. They learned about the different duties each type of bee has. The Queen Bee lays eggs, The worker bee does mostly everything including get nectar, and the drone male bees don’t do much but mate with…

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Exploring the Five Senses

At Clifford we explored our five senses while being in the garden. Students were listening to the bugs, seeing the plants, touching the soil, smelling the flowers, and tasting lettuce! The students had a lot of fun exploring the garden and using their difference senses to experience it differently.

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Busy busy Bees!

Students at Clifford learned about pollination by bees. We did an activity using Cheetos (DID NOT EAT, of course) to symbolize pollen and cotton balls to symbolize nectar. Students grabbed cotton balls under a bowl Cheetos and came out with Cheetos cheese on their hands and placed it on a flower. This was suppose to…

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Greening our Garden

The rain barely held us back from exploring the garden at Arts in Action. Some students watched a documentary about urban gardening! When the weather cleared students learned about the differences between mulch and compost, once we got into the garden. They made a T chart to describe the differences they saw and felt. Students…

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Ants on a Log at Clifford

Students at Clifford learned how to read a recipe and how to measure cups and spoons. They made Ant on a Log with celery, grapes, and peanut butter. My kindergarten class was able to count the number of grapes they put on their “log” and had to write “1/2” on their paper, for half a…

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Parts of the plant relay race!

Students at Arts in Action identified the parts of the plant by placing either a stem, leaf, root, flower, or fruit into the correct cup. With two teams, students had to race to finish placing all the parts in the correct cup.

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What have we learned in Garden Class?

Arts in Action had their last garden class on Thursday! We reviewed what we had learned in the past six weeks while we prepared a garden snack. The students harvested basil from the garden and cut carrots, apples, and cucumber for a veggie taco!

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Can you find the bugs in the garden?

The students explored and dug into the soil to find bugs. The students learned about the different type of good and bad bugs in the garden, which may help or hurt the garden. They found some spiders, bees, moths, and others!

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Where does photosynthesis occur?

Students at Arts in Action identified the parts of the plant and learned about its function. They drew pictures and labeled the parts and explored the garden. While in the garden they were able to point to the different parts of the plant. Also, eat basil!

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Arts in Action planted!

As the season changes, the type of seeds we plant do also. Arts in Action students were able to identify where we are on the map on the back of the seed packet and tell me if they have a seed to plant in season. We planted romaine lettuce, spinach, and rosemary. The students are…

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What part of the plant is a potato?

Students at Clifford had a great time drawing the parts of the plant and identifying parts of the plant that we eat. They all knew potatoes are roots and spinach is a leaf! Of course they also knew their favorite fruit! The garden here is growing big and the cooler season chard is looking beautiful!

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Arts in Action shake some soil!

The students explored the garden and learned about the importance of LOAMY SOIL! They were able to identify the three different parts; sand, clay, and silt. By shaking soil with water in a jar, they were able to identify which minerals were the heaviest.

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What to plant at Clifford!

Students at Clifford learned about climate and seasons while planting the appropriate seeds. They planted cauliflower, spinach, and rosemary! Before planting, the students were able to read the back of the seed packets and identify where we are on the map and tell me which seeds can be planted during November in Los Angeles.

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Harvest at Arts in Action

The class enjoyed their last class by having a harvest. The students enjoyed veggie tacos with tomatoes, carrots, apples, and collard greens! Most students had never had collard greens and it was great to see them enjoying it. The students also were able to review with me what they’ve learned the past few weeks.

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Soil Fun at Kingsley

The students at Kingsley Elementary were excited to learn about the different parts of soil! By taking soil from their gardens and shaking it with water in a jar, they were able to see how the heavier sand particles fell to the bottom. They analyzed the different layers they saw in the jar and identified…

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Clay, Silt, and Sand at Clifford

Students had their second garden lesson, which was on SOIL! They were able to see the amount of clay, silt, and Sand that is on our garden. Students also explored the garden and checked out the peas coming out, and can’t forget the pumpkin growing just in time for the fall season!

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New Garden Intro at Clifford

We began a new cycle at Clifford Elementary. By returning to the garden we reviewed the garden rules and looked through the garden. The students and teachers are very excited to begin garden classes! Also, peas are coming in big and green!

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What grows in cooler climates?

Students at Arts in Action identified cooler and warmer season plants. In the garden they indentified cooler season plants such as broccoli and a summer season plant, tomatoes. They also learned about which other countries have similar climates as us and where they are very different, like India. The students also planted pea seeds to…

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Review and Harvest at Clifford

It was the last day of the first cycle at Clifford Elementary! The students were given the opportunity to share what they learned the last 6 weeks and review the parts of the plant, what makes soil, and talk about good and bad bugs found in the garden. In celebration, we prepared veggie tacos with…

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Arts in Action eat leaves

Arts in Action had an awesome time exploring the garden, searching for the different parts of the plants that we eat! They learned about the different edible seeds, roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and fruit that we eat. The garden was able to feed them mint and basil leaves, which they enjoyed!

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Students at Atwater grew with the seasons

The students at Atwater Avenue Elementary learned about the seasons and climate this week. Once they became familiar with what grew in what season, they pointed out plants that thrive in either the winter or the summer season. They also reviewed what soil was made of by viewing the different layers of sand, silt, and…

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Searching for roots that we eat at Clifford

This week students at Clifford Elementary learned about the parts of the plants that we eat! Students were surprised to learn that broccoli was a flower and celery was a stem! During the lesson we pulled out carrots, which are roots, and they got to enjoy them!

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Friends and Foes at Clifford

The students were very engaged learning about the friends and foes within the garden. They learned about different bug types and played a game to help illustrate the good and bad bugs role in the garden.

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Soil Fun at Arts in Action

Friday the students learned about the different parts of soil; sand, silt, and clay. They were able to see the different layers through a jar experiment. They went in groups to put dirt in the jar, when water was added they took turns shaking the jars, which some said was their favorite part! After the…

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Clifford students loved planting!

This week at Clifford Elementary students were given the opprotunity to clean the garden by removing dead steams to help the plant grow stronger, plant seeds, and the Kindergardeners loved watering the plants. The students are learning the importance of taking care of their garden and are eager to see it grow!

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Arts in Action love the bugs!

The students at Arts in Action are very energetic and are very interested in learning about bugs. This past week I taught them the parts of the plant where we drew the parts, labeled, and even grew like a plant. The students are excited to see the garden grow!

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