Posts by Rocio Prado

Describing Worms at 20th Street Elementary!

I decided to modify a lesson to include exercises on describing using adjectives. After several attempts at tasting a beet salad and an apple and arugula salad, I noticed that when I asked students how they tasted, a lot of students responded using the words “weird,” “gross,” or “good.” As I explained to the students,…

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Worms Are Our Friends at Bushnell Way Elementary!

I had let the students know I was going to bring worms so they were all very excited. When the class of kindergarteners came into the garden, they immediately swarmed around me asking “are we going to see the worms today?!” I laughed and said yes. They eyed my large worm farm container with excitement.…

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Spotting a Tertiary Consumer at San Pedro Elementary!

I find it interesting that I can plan a lesson thoroughly, have an extensive list of Plan Bs in case things don’t go according to plan, and yet, I am still consistently surprised. This past week, I was teaching the Food Chain. Many of the older grades had already learned about the food chain, but…

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Drawing our Garden at Utah!

I had been looking for a way to introduce hands-on creativity during garden class. This week, at Utah St. Elementary, my lesson included teaching producers and consumers. Two of my classes consisted of ETK students or pre-preschoolers. We discussed what effect the sun has on plants, where plants draw their energy from, what eats plants…

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Beet Salad Success!

On October 17, 2018, at Twentieth St. Elementary, I decided that our first snack would be a beet salad. The garden produced two red beets and a golden beet so I thought it would be a good idea to use them. First, I peeled and thinly chopped the beets into matchsticks. Then I squeezed two…

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Red Onions and Befriending the Lunch Ladies at San Pedro Elementary

  This was my first week as a Garden Ranger at San Pedro Elementary School. I’m learning that being a Garden Ranger means doing your best at negotiating many different moving parts. These include principals, faculty, community members, students, and the overall health of herbs, fruit trees, compost bins, and vegetables. Fortunately, I am in…

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