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Arts in Action Community Charter School

EnrichLA built the garden at Arts in Actions Community Charter School in Summer 2016. It consists of six raised beds, a dozen tomato cages, three picnic tables, and some shade sails.

Nutrition and pH

Nutrition and pH

Today we learned about nutrition and that the healthiest food is the food we grow ourselves! We snacked on swiss chard and ice cream bananas. We also learned about pH, using the red cabbage/vinegar/baking soda demonstration. After all this we drew pictures of plants in our garden journals.

Making spicy salsa!

Making spicy salsa!

Today was a favorite: we were in the garden, making some food! The students wrote a salsa recipe and learned about words they might see while reading a recipe, like chop, carve, knead, and drain. Each made their own recipe template and filled it out as we assembled the ingredients for Pico de Gallo! They…

Aphids: bad bug

Aphids: bad bug

The garden at Arts in Action has aphids on the celery! This was a great time to talk to the students at about the good and bad bugs we have in the garden. The students learned about the anatomy of aphids and their role in the garden. They also learned about other bad and good…

Soil Exploration at Arts in Action

Soil Exploration at Arts in Action

Today at AIA, the students learned about the three parts that soil. They completed an experiment by putting soil and water into a jar and shaking it. After a few moments of the contents settling, they were able to see the different parts of the soil fall to the bottom from heaviest to lightest. We…

Getting into flowers

Getting into flowers

Students at Arts in Action learned more about pollination, understanding the parts of the flower that are involved. They drew a diagram of the Stigma and Anthers on a flower in their garden notebook, additionally some students drew a full diagram on the chalkboard to show the rest of the class. Later, the students went…

Queen Bee, Worker Bee, Drone Bee

Queen Bee, Worker Bee, Drone Bee

The students at Arts in Action learned how the hive works, who’s in it, and how it is made. They learned about the different duties each type of bee has. The Queen Bee lays eggs, The worker bee does mostly everything including get nectar, and the drone male bees don’t do much but mate with…

Fun with WORMS!

Fun with WORMS!

Students at Arts in Action explored worms! The students learned about decomposers and their functions in the garden, after they observed worms and described how they looked and felt. The garden got more compost and updated signs!

Greening our Garden

Greening our Garden

The rain barely held us back from exploring the garden at Arts in Action. Some students watched a documentary about urban gardening! When the weather cleared students learned about the differences between mulch and compost, once we got into the garden. They made a T chart to describe the differences they saw and felt. Students…

Parts of the plant relay race!

Parts of the plant relay race!

Students at Arts in Action identified the parts of the plant by placing either a stem, leaf, root, flower, or fruit into the correct cup. With two teams, students had to race to finish placing all the parts in the correct cup.

What have we learned in Garden Class?

What have we learned in Garden Class?

Arts in Action had their last garden class on Thursday! We reviewed what we had learned in the past six weeks while we prepared a garden snack. The students harvested basil from the garden and cut carrots, apples, and cucumber for a veggie taco!

Can you find the bugs in the garden?

Can you find the bugs in the garden?

The students explored and dug into the soil to find bugs. The students learned about the different type of good and bad bugs in the garden, which may help or hurt the garden. They found some spiders, bees, moths, and others!

Where does photosynthesis occur?

Where does photosynthesis occur?

Students at Arts in Action identified the parts of the plant and learned about its function. They drew pictures and labeled the parts and explored the garden. While in the garden they were able to point to the different parts of the plant. Also, eat basil!

Arts in Action planted!

Arts in Action planted!

As the season changes, the type of seeds we plant do also. Arts in Action students were able to identify where we are on the map on the back of the seed packet and tell me if they have a seed to plant in season. We planted romaine lettuce, spinach, and rosemary. The students are…

Arts in Action shake some soil!

Arts in Action shake some soil!

The students explored the garden and learned about the importance of LOAMY SOIL! They were able to identify the three different parts; sand, clay, and silt. By shaking soil with water in a jar, they were able to identify which minerals were the heaviest.

Harvest at Arts in Action

Harvest at Arts in Action

The class enjoyed their last class by having a harvest. The students enjoyed veggie tacos with tomatoes, carrots, apples, and collard greens! Most students had never had collard greens and it was great to see them enjoying it. The students also were able to review with me what they’ve learned the past few weeks.

What grows in cooler climates?

What grows in cooler climates?

Students at Arts in Action identified cooler and warmer season plants. In the garden they indentified cooler season plants such as broccoli and a summer season plant, tomatoes. They also learned about which other countries have similar climates as us and where they are very different, like India. The students also planted pea seeds to…

Arts in Action eat leaves

Arts in Action eat leaves

Arts in Action had an awesome time exploring the garden, searching for the different parts of the plants that we eat! They learned about the different edible seeds, roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and fruit that we eat. The garden was able to feed them mint and basil leaves, which they enjoyed!

Soil Fun at Arts in Action

Soil Fun at Arts in Action

Friday the students learned about the different parts of soil; sand, silt, and clay. They were able to see the different layers through a jar experiment. They went in groups to put dirt in the jar, when water was added they took turns shaking the jars, which some said was their favorite part! After the…

Arts in Action love the bugs!

Arts in Action love the bugs!

The students at Arts in Action are very energetic and are very interested in learning about bugs. This past week I taught them the parts of the plant where we drew the parts, labeled, and even grew like a plant. The students are excited to see the garden grow!

Arts in Action Grows a Garden

Arts in Action Grows a Garden

Week two at Arts in Action Community Charter brought out the kinders and second graders in full force.   Loving the fresh mint from my home garden and the sweet taste of watermelon was a nice taste of summer gardening to come.  We chatted about the rules of the garden, played the name game and planted…

New garden at Arts in Action Charter!

New garden at Arts in Action Charter!

We built a new garden thanks to the help of realtors from Keller Williams, the largest real estate company in the world! Volunteers helped us build the garden which consisted of 6 beds, a dozen tomato cages, 3 picnic tables and some shade sails! Students thanked all the volunteers with a wonderful poster and smiling…