Field reports from

2nd Street Elementary School

Ladybugs, Seeds, & Weeds at 2nd Street!

This month, the students at 2nd Street Elementary learned about dirt, friends & foes, seasons, and parts of plants. This was these students’ first exposure to the garden class so we were starting from ground zero- very exciting! For the “Let’s Talk Dirt” lesson, the students got their hands dirty touching some wet clay soil…

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Humming Bird Visit at Aspire!

  An unfortunate accident for a hummingbird turned into a once in a lifetime event for the Aspire students! I found a hummingbird with an injured wing the evening before and while I was arranging where to take the little guy, I discovered they needed to eat a few times every hour! So, I took…

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2nd Street Garden Lovers

2nd Street School Not many students but plenty of Beneficials in the garden. Recess always brings out the true garden lovers. 3rd graders with a heart and love for anything and all garden. They ate radish leaves and then the radish from the garden.

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A plant is what?!

When teaching about gardening, it is impossible to engage students if they don’t know what part of a plant I am talking about! For this lesson, I covered the parts of a plant. I discussed the roots, stem, leaves, fruit and flowers. I brought in a dug up mallow plant (to show roots, stem, leaves),…

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Beets are rad(ish)!

Beets are rad(ish)! This year, Valentine’s Day was full of nostalgic excitement, as I remembered my days of elementary school, full of sugary candy and a “holiday”. This was my first year teaching on Valentines Day, and I wanted to share something special with the students of 2nd  Street Elementary. I decided to do a…

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That makes a plant?!

For this lesson, I planned to cover plant reproduction via parts of a flower. This was the first lesson that required thinking on my toes and adapting my plan (something that I am quickly learning). I drew out a picture and went over the descriptions. The pre-K and 2nd graders were  lost and distracted. They…

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Transformative Tuesday

Some exciting changes have arrived at Second Street Elementary this September!   Along with our first harvest of heritage corn and giant eggplant, there is a new installation of a compost pile. After learning about what materials we want to mix into our compost bin, students collected food scraps, yard waste, and even some paper…

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6th Grade Sessions

As our new October session starts our group of sixth and fifth graders have started to scout out what locations would be excellent for our fruit tree grafting project. A difficult feat, but after individual research on root growth mediums, and excited planning on bringing in trimmed branches from home we called it a day….

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