Posts by Rocio Prado

Valentine’s Day Seed Art at Utah St. Elementary

On February 14th, I worked at Utah St. Elementary. Due to the stormy weather, and kindergartener’s penchant for getting mud on their clothes, I decided to hold class indoors. As I walked in to their class, they all beamed as I told them I thought their class was beautiful. Many of the students insisted on…

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Drawing Seeds and Learning Names at Utah St. Elementary

This week I needed to finish up learning the students’ names ¬†and we needed to learn about seeds. Because this lesson took place the literal day before LAUSD went on winter break there was a lot of excitement in the air. My first class of students came by dressed in their Christmas best. They were…

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Learning about Seeds at San Pedro Elementary!

Because a few teachers requested it, I decided to teach the parts of a seed this week. I had emailed the teachers ahead of time asking them to have their students bring their journals to garden class. I then proceeded to draw the parts of a seed on my own whiteboard and asked that they…

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Studying Seeds at 20th St. Elementary

Last week at 20th St. Elementary was a bit hectic. Their schedule was altered a bit because of their Christmas performances, but we made due! I began the lessons by asking them questions to reference previous lessons: what vegetables and fruits are in season in the winter? what kinds of veggies and fruits do we…

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Nothing Beets Organic Veggie Tasting at Utah St. Elementary!

Last week I started a new unit at Utah Street Elementary, but because one teacher was indisposed I finally got to meet them this week. The kindergarten class showed up enthusiastic and ready to learn this morning. I let them know I would 1. learn their names using the name game, 2. we would get…

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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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