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EnrichLA partnered with Panda PTO, Inc. to develop this garden in Winter 2015. It includes benches for reading, picnic tables, and an outdoor sink. It has seven raised beds.

Seed Anatomy!

Seed Anatomy!

On Tuesday April 4th, we learned a little bit of seed anatomy! We used a bean seed as an example, and dissected the parts as we went on. First the seed coat, the cotyledons, and then the embryo or as we called it, the “baby plant.” All the students had the chance to look at…

Flower Parts at Clifford

Flower Parts at Clifford

For the second week at Clifford on March 28th, we talked about flowers! I started off by reading a book called, “The Reason for a Flower” by Ruth Heller, which the kids really enjoyed! After finishing the book we only talked about two parts of a lily flower; the Pistil, the female, and the Stamen…

The 1st day at Clifford Elementary!

The 1st day at Clifford Elementary!

March 21st was my first day at Clifford! As I will be taking over for Ranger Ashley for the rest of the year. It sure was a rainy morning, which did keep one class inside, but at least the rest of the classes got to go out to the garden. It was the start of…

Garden helpers to the rescue!

Garden helpers to the rescue!

The students at Clifford each had a duty in the garden, either to get rid of aphids, lay down compost, or add plant labels to our garden. My first grade class were my garden helpers and helped lay compost to the garden, they reviewed the properties of compost and why it is important for our…

Using our senses to explore the garden

Using our senses to explore the garden

Today, the students used their senses to explore the garden. It was the first time in a few weeks that they were able to go out into the garden so we observed together what changed since the rains. My 4th grade class split into 5 groups, for each sense, and wrote a story using their…

Wiggly Worms at Clifford

Wiggly Worms at Clifford

Regardless of the rain, students at Clifford still got to play with worms! I brought the worms to their classrooms today and we learned about the creature’s anatomy, their role in the garden, and which foods they like best. Worms are also very important in composting and bringing nutrients into the soil! The students don’t…

Worms! Worms! Worms!

Worms! Worms! Worms!

Following our lesson last week about composting, the students at Clifford got to play with worms today. They learned about the word “vermicomposting,” what it means, and how worms are involved. They also learned about what the worms like and don’t like. Once the students started to explore with the worms, they had to identify…

Learning about Compost at Clifford

Learning about Compost at Clifford

Today the students at Clifford learned about compost;= — how it is good for the soil, how it is made, and what is it made of. The students added food waste to our compost bin and ripped up paper for our browns and greens! Because it was Valentines Day, I challenged the students to look…

Busy Busy Bees

Busy Busy Bees

A new cycle began at Clifford Elementary this week, the students learned about the different bees that live in a hive and the process of pollination. Students placed Cheetos (pollen) on top of cotton balls (nectar) and picked the nectar out, leaving traces of “pollen” and placed that on another flower. Also, the rain has…

Exploring the Five Senses

Exploring the Five Senses

At Clifford we explored our five senses while being in the garden. Students were listening to the bugs, seeing the plants, touching the soil, smelling the flowers, and tasting lettuce! The students had a lot of fun exploring the garden and using their difference senses to experience it differently.

Busy busy Bees!

Busy busy Bees!

Students at Clifford learned about pollination by bees. We did an activity using Cheetos (DID NOT EAT, of course) to symbolize pollen and cotton balls to symbolize nectar. Students grabbed cotton balls under a bowl Cheetos and came out with Cheetos cheese on their hands and placed it on a flower. This was suppose to…

Ants on a Log at Clifford

Ants on a Log at Clifford

Students at Clifford learned how to read a recipe and how to measure cups and spoons. They made Ant on a Log with celery, grapes, and peanut butter. My kindergarten class was able to count the number of grapes they put on their “log” and had to write “1/2” on their paper, for half a…

Winter rains!

Winter rains!

    At Clifford elementary the year began on a welcome rainy day in January. Every child impatiently wanting to visit the garden to take in the fresh air, and soak up the rain drops, pretty much like the plants themselves! We did exactly that with the kindergarten class. Burning energy first with a rain dance,…

Clifford Students Learned about the Food Chain

Clifford Students Learned about the Food Chain

Students at Clifford began a new cycle, where they learned about the food chain! They drew pictures of their own food chain and learned new words like autotroph, consumer, and producer. They were able to identify each step in the food chain and label them.

What can we harvest in the garden?

What can we harvest in the garden?

At Clifford we celebrated our last class with a harvest! The garden has a lot of vegetables ready for picking! The students picked tomatoes, carrots, romaine, and rainbow chard for our garden salad!

Are you a good bug, or a bad bug?

Are you a good bug, or a bad bug?

Clifford students learned about a few good and bad bugs in the garden. After, students identified the bugs in the garden, or drew pictures of their favorite friend or foe of the garden.

What part of the plant is a potato?

What part of the plant is a potato?

Students at Clifford had a great time drawing the parts of the plant and identifying parts of the plant that we eat. They all knew potatoes are roots and spinach is a leaf! Of course they also knew their favorite fruit! The garden here is growing big and the cooler season chard is looking beautiful!

What to plant at Clifford!

What to plant at Clifford!

Students at Clifford learned about climate and seasons while planting the appropriate seeds. They planted cauliflower, spinach, and rosemary! Before planting, the students were able to read the back of the seed packets and identify where we are on the map and tell me which seeds can be planted during November in Los Angeles.

Clay, Silt, and Sand at Clifford

Clay, Silt, and Sand at Clifford

Students had their second garden lesson, which was on SOIL! They were able to see the amount of clay, silt, and Sand that is on our garden. Students also explored the garden and checked out the peas coming out, and can’t forget the pumpkin growing just in time for the fall season!

New Garden Intro at Clifford

New Garden Intro at Clifford

We began a new cycle at Clifford Elementary. By returning to the garden we reviewed the garden rules and looked through the garden. The students and teachers are very excited to begin garden classes! Also, peas are coming in big and green!

Review and Harvest at Clifford

Review and Harvest at Clifford

It was the last day of the first cycle at Clifford Elementary! The students were given the opportunity to share what they learned the last 6 weeks and review the parts of the plant, what makes soil, and talk about good and bad bugs found in the garden. In celebration, we prepared veggie tacos with…

Searching for roots that we eat at Clifford

Searching for roots that we eat at Clifford

This week students at Clifford Elementary learned about the parts of the plants that we eat! Students were surprised to learn that broccoli was a flower and celery was a stem! During the lesson we pulled out carrots, which are roots, and they got to enjoy them!

Friends and Foes at Clifford

Friends and Foes at Clifford

The students were very engaged learning about the friends and foes within the garden. They learned about different bug types and played a game to help illustrate the good and bad bugs role in the garden.

Soil particles at Clifford Elementary

Soil particles at Clifford Elementary

The students at Clifford Elementary learned about soil and particles sizes of the different parts of soil. When I tried to explain what a particles was, one student said “it’s like sprinkles!” I will always use that now! Students were able to see the different layers in jars and drew on the chalkboard the different…

Clifford students loved planting!

Clifford students loved planting!

This week at Clifford Elementary students were given the opprotunity to clean the garden by removing dead steams to help the plant grow stronger, plant seeds, and the Kindergardeners loved watering the plants. The students are learning the importance of taking care of their garden and are eager to see it grow!

New year at Clifford!

New year at Clifford!

The new school year has begun at Clifford Elementary School! The students are very excited and eager to learn about the plants. The first lesson of the year was The Parts of the Plant; the students drew me the parts and some were able to label them. The pumpkins are also beginning to grow and…

Buckets of Berries

Buckets of Berries

The strawberry harvest is bountiful at Clifford this summer! After picking buckets of berries, there are still many more to come! Corn begins to pop up and melons will be in right as school resumes, ready for students to snack on. This new garden is looking great!

Processing the Unprocessed

Processing the Unprocessed

I had such a great time subbing for Ranger Shelby at Clifford St. Elementary last week. The students sure did miss her, but we still got to have some fun. The topic of the day was processed and unprocessed food. With the younger kids, I used a pizza as an example. Pizza is the perfect…

Seeds

Seeds

This week at Clifford the students learned about seeds. How seeds can be different shapes, sizes, and colors. As well as how seeds wear coats that keep the seeds warm and protected until the weather is just right for it to grow, then the seed takes off its coat and starts to grow into a…

Garden food chain at Clifford

Garden food chain at Clifford

Today was the first day of the second set of lessons for my students at Cllifford Elementary! I missed those kids so much and so excited to teach them again. The first lesson back in garden class was about the garden food chain. The students learned why the sun is so important in the food…

Seeds at Clifford

Seeds at Clifford

Today’s lessons was about how every seed for every plant is different. Seeds can be all different sizes, shapes, and colors! The avacado seed is big, circular, and brown, where a jalapeño seed is tan, flat, and small. For the activity the students made paper dandelion seeds. Students worked with a partner and each group…

New Classes – Clifford

New Classes – Clifford

Welcome to the Garden to my second set of classes at Clifford Elementary! Our first day in the garden went really well, the students thought it was beautiful and were so excited to be in garden class. I have three classes that are 50 minutes each, which gives us lots of time to explore and…

Harvesting Ceremony – Clifford

Harvesting Ceremony – Clifford

Today was a cold day, but we made it work! This is the last lesson for these classes in the garden, so we learned about harvesting food, when food is ripe, and reviewed all of the past lessons. The kids were so excited about helping me prepare the food that we were going to eat…

Parts of a Plant – Clifford

Parts of a Plant – Clifford

Today’s class at Clifford was about the parts of the plants, the importance of them, and which parts of plants that we eat! The students were really surprised by some of the parts of plants that we eat. I made this diagram of a tomato plant as an example of the different parts of the…

Climate and Seasons at Clifford

Climate and Seasons at Clifford

In today’s class we learned about the climate that Los Angeles is in, and the different seasons and what plants grown in which season. The students had no idea that some plants can only grow in Warm Season and other can only grow in Cool Season. It was really fun teaching them about the different…

Friends and Foes of the Garden at Clifford

The students at Clifford Elementary today learned about the friends and foes of the gardens. Instead of playing tag, I decided to do something different. The age difference between my classes is large, from preK to 6th grade, so I changed the activity to work with all age groups. I passed out the different bug…

Let’s Talk Dirt! Clifford Elementary

Let’s Talk Dirt! Clifford Elementary

This was the second day of class at Clifford Elementary and we talked about why soil is important. The students conducted a soil discovery activity. They were paired up and given a prepared activity sheet, a magnifying glass, and markers to write and draw. The students went to the garden beds and examined our soil…

First Day in the Garden at Clifford Elementary

Today was the first day of Garden Class for Clifford Elementary School. There are three class every Tuesday that are an hour long, for 3rd grade, 5th and 6th grade, and TK/K. For the first day of garden class the students played the garden name game, where they had to be creative and think of…

NEW EDIBLE GARDEN FOR CLIFFORD ELEMENTARY

February 25, 2011   Echo Park’s Clifford Street Elementary School and Enrich LA partner to create the Panda Reading and Edible Garden   Los Angeles, CA – A bountiful display of fruits, vegetables and foliage will soon sprout at the Panda Reading and Edible Garden at Echo Park’s Clifford Street Elementary School, a 2009 Blue…