Posts by Andrea Trujillo

Witches’ Brew in the Kester Garden!

“I’ve got magic, alakazamakazoo!”  We were feeling witchy today in the Garden at Kester.  I told my students that during Halloween time, I turn in my farmer’s hat for a witches’ hat and make magic brew!  So while we toured the garden, I asked them to grab one mint leaf to add to the pot.…

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Studying leaves and photosynthesis at Stevenson Elementary!

Did you know that leaves not only make their own food, but breath and sweat?!  My students were fascinated to learn that leaves have small cells called stomata, that are like leaf “lungs” to breathe in carbon dioxide and create photosynthesis!  Leaves are also full of chlorophyll cells that absorb the sunlight and give leaves…

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Learning parts of a pumpkin at Kester Avenue Elementary

In celebration of the first week of Fall, we discussed pumpkins, all their parts, and their purposes.  The kids were fascinated with how big a pumpkin leaf and flower can get!  All the better to make food with and attract pollinators. We also talked about the changing season and how struggling tomato plants were going…

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Learning about our Family Seeds at Kester

Did you know that most of America’s favorite food, like oranges, apples and tomatoes, don’t originally come from here?!  That’s right! Our fruits and vegetables have such interesting stories to tell about how they migrated here and have traveled all over the world!  I bet you would be surprised to know that although the Irish…

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Seeds and Solutions at Stevenson Elementary!

At Stevenson Elementary, we studied the parts of a seed and related this stage in the plant life cycle to their beginning of a new school year.  I was so impressed how they used their poetic and deep thinking skills to make an analogy between a plant life cycle and a school year.  They took…

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Back to School & Beating the Heat!

It was so great to be back at Stevenson Elementary this week as school is getting back into action.  Being their new garden ranger isn’t the only change that has happened over the summer. Their garden space went through a lot of construction, in which, they gained some new space, but removed a dividing fence…

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Back to School Seed Study at Kester!

I am so happy to be teaching at Kester Elementary this year and back in my hood of the valley!  I love the idea of starting off the school year with a study on seeds because it relates so much to the beginning of the kids’ school year.  I explained to them how they are…

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