Posts by Sarah Heder

Discovering Seeds at El Sereno Elementary

The students at El Sereno Elementary discovered that seeds come in all different shapes and sizes. They had fun investigating the seeds and guessing what plant the seed would turn into. And then finding some of the plants in our garden! We examined lima beans and cut them in half in order to see all…

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A Compost Relay at Atwater Elementary

One of the 4th grade classes at Atwater Elementary participated in a compost relay race. It was pouring rain outside in the garden so we had the race in the library. The students were placed in 5 different groups and had to complete 8 tasks to finish the race. Before we started the race, we…

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Ladybug Friends at El Sereno Elementary

We had a fun surprise in the garden. We counted 10 ladybugs on one plant! The ladybugs are loving the Black Sorghum plant. The students know that ladybugs are a friend of the garden from our “Friends and Foe” lesson. In our lesson today, we talked about climates and seasons. In Los Angeles, we have…

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Worms, Glorious Worms at Atwater Elementary

I think it’s safe to say that learning about worms was the students favorite lesson! We read the book “Wonderful Worms” by Linda Glaser. We talked about the fact that worms are one of the greatest friends in a garden. They make tunnels in the ground, eat rotten food, and make soil. Worm poo is…

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Talking Dirt at El Sereno Elementary

The kindergartners loved getting their hands dirty! We talked about the ingredients in soil — minerals, air, water, and organic matter. We did some investigating in the soil using magnifying glasses. We gathered around the garden beds and dug our hands in the soil. The kids described what it felt like using words like fluffy…

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The Water Cycle at Atwater Elementary

The students at Atwater Elementary enjoyed learning about the water cycle! We learned that a cycle repeats over and over again. Their minds were blown when I told them that the same water they use to take a shower in is the same water the dinosaurs swam in. Woah! We worked on the vocabulary words…

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