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Garden Activities at Alta Loma!

The gardeners at Alta Loma Elementary learned about soil types and what makes healthy soil. In small groups, they rotated to different soil stations to better understand the types of soil from the lesson. They all dug into the soil, made clay “playdough” and let sand fall through their fingers. The last station for every…

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Listening Can be a “Fruitful” Experience at Mid-City Prescott

A few weeks ago, the teachers at Mid-City mentioned that their classes top areas for improvement are following directions and listening skills. With that in mind, this week’s activity made use of our abundant tomato harvest and included 3 large tasks that required both listening and following directions. At the beginning of class, I gave…

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The monarchs are back! at Sullivan

It’s my favorite time of year. Pumpkin spice lattes are on the menu. Leaves are changing (in some areas of LA). The weather is cooling down. And the monarchs are back to spend the winter on the western coast! My preschoolers and I spotted a couple of monarch caterpillars on our milkweed plant last Monday…

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All about leaves at Vine St

Leaves at Vine St were the focus of the day. Size, shape, texture, orientation, borders, etc. were examined and noted. Different leaves help the students identify plants and a connection was made between how thin leaves can be placed closer together while broad leaves require a petiole to help capture the most sunlight. Cucumber with…

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Kohlrabi, Spinach, and Broccoli- Oh my!

We are now in our second session here at Utah Street School. This unit, I have the 1st and 3rd classes coming to the garden. Almost all of these students were in my classes last year, so we started the unit with a fun reunion and discussion about what they remembered learning in the garden. Many…

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Fascinating Fibonacci at Foster

Dude, who knew math could be so fun? If I had learned about Fibonacci as a kid I might have enjoyed and excelled more in this dreaded subject. Good thing I became a teacher so I can find the fun and bring it to my students! (I make that my aim anyway.) So Fibonacci –…

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Seed Development at Aspire Gateway

The garden at Aspire is bursting with all kinds of examples of seed development. We started off our lesson with a search for different plants producing seeds. We found marigolds in different stages of development. The students found ripening tomato fruits with seeds inside. “Where are the seeds of the lettuce plant Mrs. Alex??”.  …

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Water Cycle Lesson at Woodlawn

I had a special request from the 3rd grade teacher to introduce the water cycle during garden class at Woodlawn. We began with some interesting facts about water. We discussed how every living thing on Earth needs water to survive. Fortunately, Mother Nature’s got a pretty smart way of recycling water – the water cycle!…

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Valley View records the garden life cycle

It was a busy day in the garden at Valley View Elementary. Students learned and drew their own garden life cycles and had a chance to see it in their own garden. From primary consumers to decomposers the students whitnessed the cycle. The owner of the exoskeleton was discovered and beds were turned to make…

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Vine St learns and observes plant parts

Plant parts took the show at Vine St Elementary. Students observed several parts on a single plant as they cleared some bean cover crops for lettuce seedlings. Mulch was spread to help protect the beds and in between. All this info was recorded in their well decorated journals. – Ranger Dan

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Cool Beginnings at Dayton Heights

Last week at Dayton Elementary, the kids really enjoyed the start of our true and long awaited cool season.  It had drizzled earlier in the morning and the day signified a change.   The kids helped plant fall seedlings like cauliflower and onion, we saw butterflies darting around in the crisp air and tasted the…

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Valley View observes the parts of a plant

Valley View has a lesson on plant parts and how they work together to make plants thrive. A blossoming strawberry made a perfect example of leaves, stems, fruit, flowers, and seeds working together. The snack of cucumber, lime, basil, and salt was enjoyed while examining a pristine grasshopper exoskeleton. – Ranger Dan

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VBGC members smelling the Marigolds!

It’s October 26th, and for this day VBGC members used their 5 senses in the garden. We first started off by using our sense of TASTE, which was some delicious lettuce that was ready to be harvested. After tasting our lettuce, the class had some time to explore the garden on their own using their…

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El Sereno Observes the Parts of a Plant

As the students explored the garden they were able to see the parts of the plant in action. Roots, stems, leaves, flower, fruit, and seeds. Each having an important role in the success of the plants. A snack of fruits, leaf, and seed (cucumber/lime, basil, cracked pepper) put a good taste on a full day….

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Vine St starts a new cycle and adds some color

As a new set of students start garden class at Vine St elementary the students are able to keep the garden alove through thoughtful water and planting of some flowers for the pollinators. Shade loving flowers do well in the winter at this tucked away garden. The students also started their journals. – Ranger Dan

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Garden Caricatures at Frank Del Olmo Elementary!

To break the ice on the first day of each new session, I always have my students choose a nickname by playing a name game that other EnrichLA rangers use as well. I have each student think of a garden-related word that starts with the same letter as their first name, and put the two…

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Taking Learning Outside the Classroom at Mid-City Prescott

This year Mid-City Prescott is starting a new unit on systems learning for all their classes. Everything is made up of systems and so the garden class provided a perfect opportunity for students to expand their understanding. After reviewing the basics of what a system is, classes discussed ecosystems and how everything in the garden…

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Leaves of Valley View

Valley View has a lesson and leaves and gets to explore the many types of leaves in their garden. Green reflecting chlorophyll was explained and the traits of leaves were listed. Different leaf types are great indicators of the type of plants and the many types were recorded in the students journals. Cabbage, leeks, and…

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Carson-Gore feasts and learns the plant parts

At Carson-Gore the students learned the plant parts and how they are all needed the keep the plants alive (this generation and the next). Many plant parts were available for tasting; fruits, leaves, and a seed stole the show. Tomato eggplant salad with basil and scallions seasoned with peppers was a fantastic treat. A heafty…

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Oxidation and Tea at Ramona

Today’s Word of the Day was Oxidation. The simple explanation (for fourth graders) is that sometimes when things are exposed to the oxygen in the air, these things exhibit chemical and physical changes. Some examples are iron rusting when exposed to the oxygen that’s in water, apples browning when the white flesh is exposed to…

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Hard Working Worms at Foster

Worms are busy creatures; they’re constantly working to decompose decaying organic matter. A worm decomposes things by eating it and digesting it into castings (the nerdy term for worm poop) that then incorporates into the soil. The type of decaying matter that worms like the most are soft fruits such as melons, apples, cucumbers and…

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New Rotation at Delevan Drive

For the new rotation at Delevan Drive starting in mid October, we started off by using our 5 senses while exploring the garden and seeing how it has changed since the last time they visited. With the 1st graders we practiced our two finger touch, while feeling, smelling and looking. All classes finished off with…

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Vine St Elementary learns about seeds

Seeds where the theme of the day at Vone St Elementary. The students learned that a seed contains a baby root (radicle) and the first true leaves (cotyledon) of a plant. The cotyledon also serves as a source of energy and nutrients fro the starting plant. In the garden students examined the first true leaves…

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El Sereno Elementary Learns About Leaves

At Wl Sereno Elementary the students learned about leaves and what makes them green. How the chlorophyll absorbs some color for photosynthesis and how green is reflected. Leaves are also a great ay to identify young plants as shape, texture, size, and veins will vary from species to species. Pomegranate seeds made a refreshingly tart…

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Microbes Everywhere at Primary Academy!

Where are microbes?  Everywhere!  It was easy for the students to realize just how important microbes are when you learn that they outnumber humnas by the billions.  Bacteria tiny as can be, unseen to the naked eye, but changing the world everyday…those are microbes.   We call them invisible transformers and they are amazing!  …

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Little Ladies Visit 6th Ave

Last week we had a wonderful opportunity while studying the insect life in the garden; the students found larvae of both ladybugs and Japanese beetles! That prompted a full discussion about the life cycle of the different insects in the garden as students shared facts about the butterflies they are studying in class. At the…

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Valley View has a lesson on seeds

At Valley View Elementary seeds were the topic of the day. Where they develop and what makes them similar was explained by having the students draw a simple diagram in their journals. Radicle (baby root) and cotyledons (first leaves) are present in every seed as that is what every plant needs to start life on…

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Carson-Gore starts a new garden cycle

As a new set of students starts garden class at Carson-Gore the students made journals and took observations on inhabitants (plants and others). A food search discovered cabbage, eggplant, onions, and basil. Fortunately one of the garden residents was happier hidding in the cabbage than joining the class for their snack. – Ranger Dan

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First Class at Van Ness

what you did snack exciting.

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The Soil Mystery at Weemes!

Students at Weemes Elementary had a mystery to solve when they came to garden class today- what happens to the wood chips as they lay on the garden paths? After taking detailed observations, the students reported that the wood chips were breaking into smaller and smaller pieces until they looked just like soil! After seeing decomposition…

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Autumn Fun at Dahlia Heights

With the weather finally definitely turning from summer to fall, we are working to pull out any remaining heat-loving plants and put in cool-season plants that, fingers crossed, won’t need to fear triple-digit heat. Today we cleared out many summer veggies, including a pumpkin! We talked about monoculture vs polyculture, and next time will plant…

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New Shapes at Sullivan

Today my preschoolers at Sullivan learned a familiar, yet new, shape to them; a spiral. This shape is much like a circle in the sense that it’s round; but the curves never touch — they expand and get bigger and bigger forever. I read the kids a book titled Swirl by Swirl that illustrates where…

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Swirl by Swirl at Arroyo Seco

There’s too much fun in garden class to have a case of the Mondays at Arroyo Seco! Today with the kindergarten class we learned about all the spirals that we see in nature, and how spirals are nature’s way of packing in things nice and tight, or grasping onto things with a strong grip. We…

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Helping Literature Come to Life at Hollenbeck

6th graders at Hollenbeck Middle School have been studying narrative forms of writing this semester so we started garden class with an excerpt from “The Secret Garden”. We discussed how the main character, Mary, finds a dead looking garden that she desperately wants to bring to life. In the book, Mary discovers that the garden…

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Water, Water Everywhere at Utah Street

Today marks the last day of our young special education classes. Luckily our garden buddies from Mendez High School will keep visiting and helping us out on Fridays. Last week we learned about water in the garden. Almost all plants need water to survive, but some less than others. We looked at our succulent plants…

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YOKA students use their 5 senses in the garden!

Towards the end of October, YOKA students put their 5 senses to work by really exploring the garden, remembering the taste of the salad from the week before, and drawing them in their journals. The following week, all students learned about seed anatomy. As we “dissected” a lima bean, I explained each part of the…

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A Food Chain Scavenger Hunt at Mt Washington

A big reason to get into gardening? The food! Nothing is better than watching a little seed make its journey from a baby plant in the dirt to a yummy meal on your plate. Today we learned about food chains, and how all of life is interconnected through food! We learned about producers, primary consumers,…

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Insects and squash at Los Feliz Elementary

At Los Feliz Elementary, we had a lesson on insects and their role in the garden. What do they eat? What eats them? What is their role? Students were able to explore these questions by inspecting the insects they find in their own garden. We also made cool new signs for many of our plants….

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Rose hips at ERHS

We enjoyed the refreshing weather at Eagle Rock High School while we were in the garden today. We learned about propagation by cuttings. We also learned about rose hips, which are high in Vitamin C!  

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Woodlawn’s Kinder Students Look for Insects

Today was the first time kindergarten has participated in garden classes at Woodlawn.  I thought learning about how the garden is a home to many insects, would be a fun way to begin their first garden experience! After listing all the various insects we might find in the garden, and learning what to do if…

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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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Fall planting at Berendo!

With the cool weather finally here, it’s time to plant our fall and winter veggies! Lots of lettuce and leafy greens went in the ground today. We also have a new chalkboard! Thanks to Bain and Company, we also had a quick garden workday in which we remulched the garden pathways to keep the weeds under…

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El Sereno Sees Decomposers in Action

At El Sereno Elementary the students learned about compost and got a first hand look at decomposers in action. They saw a pumpkin being broken down into substances that could feed the growing plants, like the swelling eggplants. A simple avocado with onion and tomato made a great dip for the pretzels. – Ranget Dan

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Chickens at Calvert Elementary!

Hello Garden Friends, For the last week together at Calvert I decided that it would be a nice treat for the 4th graders to bring our chicken to class. The lesson was about teaching students the benefits of having a chicken and how chickens can help garden for you! When chickens are rotated over the…

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Seed Saving at Delevan Drive

It was all about seeds in the first week of October at Delevan Drive! Students learned a little bit about seed saving, and even saved some seed themselves! Most students got to save sunflower seeds, but we talked about corn seeds, heirloom seeds, and what might have happened if seeds were never saved. Class ended…

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