Posts by Flo Razowsky

Garden Learning through Technology at Melrose

Mr. Whalen’s first grade garden friends put their technological skills to work in the Melrose garden. As part of their garden lessons, students took video and photographs week by week. They captured information on everything, from the structure of leaves to the importance of flowers! They created a final overview of our six weeks together,…

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The Great Jack-O-Lantern Compost Experiment Part II

Returning to our Great Jack-O-Latern Compost experiment, Cheremoya students got to dig into the pile they built during our previous class to find our original pumpkins had all but disappeared! We piled more layers of carbon and nitrogen garden wastes and once again watered our pile. Our scientific guess as to what comes next includes…

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Math Skills in the Garden + Art as Deterrent?

Students at Magnolia Avenue Elementary put their math skills to use for garden learning. Taking weekly measurements allows students to chart the rate of growth of both plants they’ve started from seed plus existing plants.   Students also started an art and deterrent experiment (think scare crow for squirrels) to see what we need to…

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From Seed to Garden Jungle at Selma

At our Selma Avenue Elementary Garden, students plant seeds every week to watch the progress of plant growth.   4th and 5th grade students started a brand new garden bed this school year which has grown into a veritable edible jungle. Sometimes, luck has it to teach us firsthand about friends and foes in the…

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The Great Jack-O-Lantern Compost Experiment Part I

At Cheremoya Elementary, our leftover Jack-O-Lanterns and our compost lessons perfectly coincided, letting garden students get a hands-on learning experience. 3rd grade students stuffed the Jack-o-Lanterns with carbon (dried/brown) and nitrogen (green) wastes to help the process work from the inside out. The 1st grade classes then came along and buried the filled pumpkins under…

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Spooooky Garden Art and New Seeds Start at Hollywood Schoolhouse!

To commemorate our Halloween rain day, Hollywood Schoolhouse garden students put their skills to work creating spooky garden drawings. Starting with garden necessities like water, soil, sun, growing things and garden friends, students added Halloween specifics to their art, including zombie plants, vampire garden helpers dead plant headstones. Students also started need seeds in planters…

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Getting to Know the Garden

With the start of a new garden rotation at Magnolia Avenue Elementary, students got the opportunity to explore their new leaning environment. Using guiding statements, students journaled their findings while using their sense of sight, smell and feel. Students also planted new seeds to start their garden journey. We look forward to watching and learning,…

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Garden Learning through Reading

Cheremoya Avenue Elementary students put their reading skills to use in order to learn about seeds, insects and plant lifecycles. Each group of students took on reading and learning from one chapter and then reported back to the larger group. Also, this week of harvest included basil, kale and okra.     

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5th Grade Garden Experts

Fifth graders at Melrose Avenue Elementary have taken over unused garden beds outside their classroom to make their own. Starting with clearing out the weeds, students then added compost to give their beds a nutrient boost. Using their engineering skills, students then built and added irrigation lines to ensure their new garden gets the water…

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Garden Learning!

We’ve started off this garden school year at Selma Avenue Elementary by jumping into learning about seeds and garden friends and foes. Students were able to investigate seeds to learn about the abundance of seed shape, size, color and texture. Following this investigation students planted some of those seeds in order to watch, first hand,…

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Art in the Garden at Cheremoya Elementary

Using their art skills and garden knowledge, Cheremoya Avenue Elementary students worked together to make collaborative collages of an ideal garden. Aspects included various plants, bugs (both pests and friends), sun, rain, soil and themselves (even with garden tools). Students are also able to connect their labor from last year to this one by harvesting…

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Learning about Seeds and Leaves

Hollywood Schoolhouse garden students learned all about seeds this week. Using their investigative skills, students explored the abundance of seed shapes, sizes, color and texture to learn about difference that exist in seeds. Students then planted the seeds in order to supplement our new fall starts. Investigative skills were also put to use to explore…

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Measuring Growth in the Garden

Using our math, observation and documentation skills, we have been learning about growth in the garden at Magnolia Avenue Elementary. We collect data weekly, measuring height and width of the plants, and record the results, using our writing and drawing skills. We also chart the growth weekly to better understand the rate of plant growth.…

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Scientific Discovery at Melrose Garden

Garden students at Melrose Avenue Elementary have been learning about form and function of the parts of a plant through hands on investigation and art. We observe the garden on a weekly basis allowing us to watch, in real time, a plant grow from seed to fruit. Students record their observations in notebooks and on…

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Harvest Madness!

It’s been quite a month of harvest at our Hollywood Schoolhouse garden! Students gather a healthy harvest every other week to use for their on-site school market. This month’s abundance has included several harvests of celery, sweet onions, chard, kale, cabbage, eggplant, green beans, mint, thyme, oregano and perhaps the largest zucchini in the world!…

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Garden Riches at Cheremoya

Learning about edible this week we wrapped with garden snacks of Lettuce Roll Stuffed with Nasturtium and Borage Flowers. Learning about the different parts of edible plants, we harvested these Nasturtium seed pods. The pods will get pickled for future snacking. Everyone learns all the time! Even our garden ranger, who, along with all the…

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These Days, It’s All About the Harvest | Hollywood Schoolhouse

In preparation for the biweekly farmer’s market at Hollywood Schoolhouse, these days it’s all about the harvest. With our garden doing so well after the wonderful rainy winter and all of the students’ hard work of learning through doing, our Hollywood Schoolhouse garden just keeps churning out the hits. Clockwise from top left: Peaches, Zucchini,…

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Garden Reunion

Selma Avenue Elementary 1st, Kinder and 5th graders started a new rotation in the garden this week, giving them the opportunity to explore all the changes since their last rotation in January, including sunflowers, corn and wildflowers these students first planted as seed all those weeks ago. We got to have some delicious garden snacks,…

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New Growth, Maintenance and Happy Harvest!

With the changing of the seasons comes the time for growth in the garden. Students at Selma Avenue Elementary planted seeds before the rains came and we are just now getting to see the fruit of their labor. At the same time, students got to enjoy the actual fruit of their labor via a harvest…

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New Starts and Happy Harvest

With the changing of the seasons comes the time for new starts in the garden. Students at Melrose Avenue Elementary started seeds during the rainy days and finally had an opportunity to get those sprouted seeds in the ground. We also learned the importance of keeping our garden plants well fed so spent class time…

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Pest Control and Happy Harvest

Our HSH garden is growing great after all the winter rain! We’ve learned in previous classes about natural plant pest control we put to use in the garden such as marigolds to repel pests and nasturtium to attract pests and keep them away from other plants, so now we use that knowledge to help us…

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Rain Day Learning through Art

With another glorious rain day upon us, students at Selma Avenue Elementary were able to learn about the life cycle of a plant while making some great art. We added garden color to already existing diagrams of a plant’s life cycle and then added colorful elements that help make a fuller garden picture – friends…

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Rain Day Snacks and new Seeds Sproutin

Students at Melrose Avenue Elementary took our rain day as an opportunity to try out new snacks (seaweed stuffed with garden fresh veggies!). We also got the opportunity to starts seeds in order in prepare for our return to the garden after the rains. One thing we learned with our new seed sprouts is how…

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Lush Days and Learning with Seeds

During several indoor class days students at Cheremoya Avenue Elementary used a wide variety of seeds from which to learn, including – size, shape, color and texture. Built into these lessons, students have also used research to determine when, where and how to plant each seed for maximum success. After the rains, we were able…

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Rain Day Learning with Seeds and Lettuce

Using a wide variety of seeds from which to learn, students have been focused on mapping the spectrum of possibility with seeds – size, shape, color and texture. Built into these lessons, students have also used research to determine when, where and how to plant each seed for maximum success.   During these wonderful rain…

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Rain Day Lettuce Fun and a Happy Garden!

During these wonderful rain days, students at Selma Avenue Elementary got an opportunity to learn about the wide variety possible within a single vegetable using lettuce as a focus. We learned about how many varieties can exist – for lettuce it is over 87. how a vegetable can exist within a larger family we never…

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Seeds! Seeds! Seeds!

Using a wide variety of seeds from which to learn, students have been focused on mapping the spectrum of possibility with seeds – size, shape, color and texture. Built into these lessons, students have also used research to determine when, where and how to plant each seed for maximum success. After the lovely rains, students…

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Harvest, New Growth and Learning through Texture

With new classes coming into the garden at Cheremoya Elementary, we spent some time exploring the garden. Focusing on our sense of feel, we investigated what is growing in our garden based on texture. We also observed new growth, planted from seeds of previous classes, to start our learning process about the life cycle of…

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Harvest and the Farmer’s Market

Besides learning from and tending to the garden, students at Hollywood Schoolhouse sharpen their skills by using garden produce to run an on-site Farmer’s Market. In preparation, the garden at Hollywood Schoolhouse has recently been replanted with greens, snap peas and herbs. These lessons not only allow students to learn about the plants from a…

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New Beginnings

New classes are beginning in the garden at Melrose Elementary. The miraculous work of the outgoing First and Fifth grades offers the incoming classes a look at a vibrant garden mid-cycle. New students are able to experience the garden in full bloom along with some new plants such as the updated basil bed. Outgoing Fifth…

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Garden Colors, Harvest and New Seeds

Students at Selma Elementary used there knowledge of colors this week to identify different plants in the garden. The lesson also helped us identify which fruit and vegetables change color to help us determine when they are ripe. It was also harvest time at our garden this week with lush basil and lavender ready for…

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New Classes Get to Know the Garden

Our six week rotation at Selma Avenue Elementary came to a new beginning this week with new classes of 4th grade and Kinder classes starting their rotation. As with all new classes in the garden, we started with garden guidelines. After we were able to practice the guidelines in the garden we got to work,…

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Parts of a Seed and STEM in Action Part Three

Three weeks after putting our STEM lessons to action, Melrose Avenue Elementary 5th grade garden students have succeeded in creating a container in which to propagate seeds. During this week’s class, students presented their containers to eachother and discussed design elements, including what they would keep next time and what they would design differently. 1st…

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Every Garden Loves a Rain Day!

Two weeks in a row of glorious rain days kept us out of the garden and in the classrooms. This week though we were finally able to get back in the garden and investigate the growth of seeds we had planted before the rains came. As we had hypothesized, our seeds loved the rain and…

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Seed Growth and Volunteer Plants

It is always an exciting class when planted seeds spring to life. Using “Life Cycle of a Plant” diagrams, students are able to track the growth of their seeds week to week. This week at Cheremoya, we were able to see the growth rate one week after planting and several rain days. Students are also…

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STEM in Action Part Two

Fifth graders at Melrose Avenue Elementary have been learning about the garden through the use of a STEM curriculum. During our last class, students used what they’ve learned via STEM in the garden to design and build a garden container. Success of the container meant once finished it could hold soil, a seed and water.…

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Glorious Rain Days

Two wonderful rain days in a row at Hollywood Schoolhouse kept us sadly indoors but offered us great opportunity to talk about the importance of rain and the reality of our Southern California drought. We also took the opportunity to create indoor gardens using our previous lessons of garden friends and foes and guidance. Students…

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Garden Friend Mobiles

We are coming to the culmination of our first six-week rotation in our Cheremoya Elementary garden so garden classes this week used many aspects we have learned thus far to draw and built mobiles of things that help our garden grow. Options included the basics such as soil, sun and water along with beneficial insects…

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Checking Growth and Drawing Garden Friends

This week at Selma Elementary, students were able to check the progress of seeds they planted last week. Kinder students were able to see how their bean sprouts arched toward the window in search of sun. They then rotated the containers so the sprout pointed away from the window. Hypothesis were made as to whether…

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Container Gardening Experiments

All of our garden classes at Selma Elementary planted container gardens this week. With their container gardens they will have the responsibility of daily watering while being able to watch the plant growth. Our kinder class planted seeds in clear cups in order to see roots as they grow, our 1st graders made their own…

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Putting STEM to Garden Practice

Over the past several weeks, 5th graders at Melrose Elementary have been exploring how STEM relates to the garden. This week we put those lessons to the test by starting a process to design and build a garden container. The test for success will come in two weeks when we load the finished containers with…

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Snacks, Friends and Foes

Snack day allowed us to taste the varieties of leafy greens we have in abundance at Cheremoya Elementary including chard, romaine lettuce and salad greens. After our tastes were satisfied we spent time investigating the different garden friends and foes, the significance or impact of each and then took an opportunity to choose an example…

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