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Delevan Drive Elementary School

EnrichLA, with the help of Next Step Ministries and Mercer, completed this garden makeover and kitchen arbor in Winter 2012. It also features a butterfly garden.

Seed parts and weeding the garden at Delevan

Seed parts and weeding the garden at Delevan

On Thursday April 6th, we talked about seed anatomy! There are many parts of a seed, but we only talked about three of them. To start off, each student received a bean seed that had been soaked overnight. As we dissected the bean, we went over the parts: the seed coat, cotyledons and the embryo…

Seed Parts!

Seed Parts!

Last Wednesday on April 5th, we talked about seed anatomy! There are many parts of a seed but we only talked about three parts to start with. To start the lesson with, each student received a bean seed soaked overnight. As we dissected the bean, we went over the parts, the seed coat, cotyledons and…

All About flowers!

All About flowers!

On Thursday March 30th, we talked about flowers by starting off with a book called “A reason for a flower.” After reading the book to the students, we went on to talk about two parts of a Lily flower with a drawing I made, the Pistil and the Stamen. The Pistil is the female part…

Parts of Flowers

Parts of Flowers

On Wednesday March 29th, we talked about flowers by starting off with a book called “A reason for a flower.” After reading the book to the students, we went on to talk about two parts of a Lily flower, the Pistil and the Stamen. Both parts described in a drawing I brought with me and…

Companions in the garden

Companions in the garden

Last week on Thursday on March 23rd, students learned about companion planting. To begin with, we talked about the three sisters which are, beans, squash and corn. Why they are companions, and the benefits they provide each other when planted together. Afterwards, they played a companion planting card game. Each student received a card with…

Are Tomatoes and Basil good companions?

Are Tomatoes and Basil good companions?

Last Wednesday on March 22nd, we learned about companion planting, which plants can be buddies in the garden and which ones wouldn’t be buddies. We started off with the three sisters, which are, corn, beans and squash. If they are all planted together, they are good companions and actually benefit each other in some way.…

Old and new faces at the garden!

Old and new faces at the garden!

On Thursday March 16th, a new rotation of students started, but this time we had two 6th grade classes that came for a second round of garden classes. For the new classes, we talked about the rules in the garden, and introduced each other with our names and a favorite fruit or veggie, then explored…

1st day of Wednesday Garden classes!

1st day of Wednesday Garden classes!

On March 15, Delevan started their make-up session of garden classes on Wednesdays. Which means one set of classes on Wednesdays, and another set of classes of our typical Thursday classes. We first talked about the rules we should always follow in the garden like, “Respect all living things” , and introduced ourselves to each…

Weeding and Planting on the last day of class.

Weeding and Planting on the last day of class.

March 9th marked the last day of the 6 week rotation with the students. For the last day, all the kids had the chance to just get their hands dirty and have a good time in the garden! Before we all dove into the garden, I did a quick 5 minute talk about the different…

A day about seeds!

A day about seeds!

The subject on March 2, 2017, was on seed anatomy and the ways seeds are dispersed in nature. With the younger grades we only went over two parts, the seed coat and cotyledon, and read the book, “FROM SEED TO PLANT”. With the 6th grade class I added a few more parts. I was able…

A fallen tree…

A fallen tree…

Well, Thursday February 23rd, was an interesting day. It was one of those days that things don’t go as planned. I arrive at the school, to my surprise, the plant manager tells me that a tree had fallen in the garden on Monday due to the storms. I go in and look, the bad news…

Looking at parts of a plant!

Looking at parts of a plant!

On Thursday February 16th, we learned about parts of the plant, which parts we typically eat from a plant, and which parts we don’t. For example, a tomato, we enjoy the fruit, but don’t eat the leaves because they could make us sick. With our returning 2nd grade class, I decided to do a quick…

Why companion planting?

Why companion planting?

February 9th, 2017 When its comes to companion planting, I like to remind the students about their friends and foes first. After, I bring in on how companion planting can help with fighting off those foes that eat or ruin the veggies in the garden. An example is mint, when planted along with the cabbage…

More new faces at the garden!

More new faces at the garden!

Feb 2nd, 2017, the first day of garden class for the new rotation of students! One of our classes was a returning class from two rotations ago, so we did a quick review of the rules to follow. They had the chance to go around the garden in groups and write down what they found…

Last day of garden class

Last day of garden class

January 26th, 2017 It was another great 6 weeks with these group of students. Many were so sad that we wouldn’t be having garden class anymore, but told them they were always welcome to come visit the garden. Because the kids hadn’t been to the garden in a month and a half (winter break and…

Water Cycle on another rainy day!

Water Cycle on another rainy day!

January 19th, 2017 Although, we may not get the chance to be in the garden because of the rain, so happy that California is getting this much-needed rain! Since it’s raining, why not talk about the water cycle? With the 5/6th graders, we started off by asking what the students already knew about the water…

Seeds on this rainy day!

Seeds on this rainy day!

Back to the garden after Winter break on January 12th, 2017! It’s been a whole month that I have been to the garden, or had a class with the students of Delevan because of the break. But we are back, and in the rain. Since it was a rainy day, we had our class indoor,…

It’s the cool season!

It’s the cool season!

December 8th , the last garden class before winter break. We just learned about companion planting last week, and saw some examples of it in the garden and also, planted some cool season veggies in the garden. Therefore, we learned about warm and cool season plants today. We started off by talking about some of the…

Companion planting

Companion planting

For our second class on December 1st,I thought it would be great for the kids to learn about companion planting. We started off by seeing what the class remembers about their friends and foes. What was good or bad about them, or just simply what they remembered about it. Then, we made a connection of…

New rotation, new faces!

New rotation, new faces!

Our second round of classes started at Delevan on November 17th, which meant new faces in the garden! I introduced myself, and then we went around so everybody could introduce themselves. The 6th graders worked in pairs to write out the rules we should follow in the garden, or any other rules they thought would…

Some fun on the last day of garden class!

Some fun on the last day of garden class!

November 10th marked the last day of garden class for the first rotation of students. Many of the students were sad to know that they wouldn’t be coming to more classes, but know they are more than welcome to come visit. Since it was our last class, we did a quick review of what we…

Flower anatomy!

Flower anatomy!

FLOWERS on Thursday November 3rd ! The week before we had a lesson about bees, pollination, and a bit about flowers. So, for today’s lesson we dug a little deeper into flowers to understand a little better and make the connection of pollination. I brought along with me a drawing of a lily, the flower we…

Buzzing Bees

Buzzing Bees

Thursday October 27th .Today was all about Bees and Pollination! We first started off by looking at our small experiment from last week. The seeds we had put in the jar. Since it was a whole week, the corn started to germinate first, and even started to develop some roots, wow! I reminded them about…

All about seeds!

All about seeds!

October 20th, 2016, our 3rd week at Delevan, it was all about SEEDS! We also had a new class join us, so we all introduced ourselves, talked about the garden rules and explored the garden. The first question of the day was, “where do plants grow from?” Some said soil, and some said “the roots!” But…

Cool and Warm planting seasons!

Cool and Warm planting seasons!

October 13th ,the 2nd week at Delevan Elementary! Foggy, cool mornings, it has been really feeling like Fall! With the weather changing, I was pretty sure the kids noticed the change in weather. And what better way to make a note of that with a connection to LA’s planting seasons. Our cool and warm planting…

The start of another year at Delevan Drive Elementary!

The start of another year at Delevan Drive Elementary!

October 6th, was the very first day at the garden for the new school year. Right as I got there and opened up the garden, a student came in to the garden. He had found an injured butterfly, and wanted to bring it over to the garden, so it could have a possibility to recover.…

Who Says Summer Is Over?

Who Says Summer Is Over?

Delevan Drive Elementary is over following with produce!! The kids were so excited to see me carry a huge tray of veggies through the playground. They couldn’t help but run up and investigate what was in the brown paper bags. They oo-ed and aw-ed asking if all of the vegetables came from their garden. I…

Weeding Party of 1

Weeding Party of 1

I stopped by Delevan Dr Elementary today to do some good old fashioned weeding.   This one giant bed was completely over grown with grasses. Is this a grass farm?! It wasn’t until I got in there that I saw some lovely oregano and other herbs hiding in the weeds. It took me nearly all day, but…

A Beautiful Garden Awaits the Student’s Return @ Delevan

A Beautiful Garden Awaits the Student’s Return @ Delevan

There’s a lot growing at Delevan Drive for the kids to see next week! We spent the day cleaning out a lot of grass making the beds look pretty. Here’s a case in point: BEFORE AFTER We also took out a lot of grass from the corn bed, chopping and dropping it onto the ground.…

Giving TLC to Delevan Drive

Giving TLC to Delevan Drive

We grew from 0 to 100 in a little under 4 years…that is 100 school gardens built and then added to our weekly roster….we grew too fast and some of our earlier gardens in particular suffered from our lack of attention. Enter the “Clear, Build and Hold ” strategy of Summer 2016. The plan: Clear, Build…

Updates for Delevan Drive Elementary

Updates for Delevan Drive Elementary

The Delevan Drive Elementary school garden has new water saving drip sprinklers and has been re-planted! We have been working hard: The old sprinklers were hooked to old timers that never really worked properly! Pop ups broken! Thanks in part to generous help from the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council we were able to: Add 4 new…

Cycle of Life at Delevan Drive

Cycle of Life at Delevan Drive

This week’s lesson included claiming new beds in the garden to take care of and learning about the food cycle. I explained a few new terms for the cycle – Producer (uses sunlight to make its own food; is a food source for others), Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Consumers. And included decomposers and how every…

Delevan Does the Seed Dance

Delevan Does the Seed Dance

April 28th marked a fun lesson on how plants distribute their seeds. We first discussed the many different looks that seeds can have: the colors, sizes, shapes and various textures. For example, the sunflower seed is large, black and white striped with little grooves or a smooth shell. Secondly, we focused on the several methods…

Delevan Drive Learns About The Secret Life of Soil

Delevan Drive Learns About The Secret Life of Soil

Delevan’s second lesson focused on the importance of soil knowledge and a healthy soil foundation. Since healthy sediment is full of nutrition for the plants to absorb for growth, it is imperative that we replenish those nutrients organically instead of modern agricultural’s false panacea with chemicals. This brought our attention to worms, those very helpful…

Intros, or HiHowAreYa’s at Delevan Drive Elementary

Intros, or HiHowAreYa’s at Delevan Drive Elementary

April 7th marks the newest recruits for the Delevan Drive Garden with three new classes exploring the beds and three tiers that make it up. April is a wonderful time to be in the garden with Nasturtiums in a colorful bloom, grapes, fruit trees, and flowers waking up to the spring weather. The students and…

Seeds Away! At Delevan Drive

Seeds Away! At Delevan Drive

Have you ever wondered how seeds travel around? Or looked at a flower on the side of the road and pondered its journey? Delevan Drive’s fourth lesson focused on this concept and looked into the different ways that plants will send their seeds out into the world. The lesson began with a simple question: How…

Delevan Drive Garden: Friendly and Unhelpful Inhabitants

Delevan Drive Garden: Friendly and Unhelpful Inhabitants

The third lesson right before the big spring break focused on the many different animals and insects that can be found in the garden. This is an important fundamental lesson as it breaks down what is and is not beneficial for the plants – from the ubiquitous Pillbugs to the more rare Praying Mantis. We…

Delevan Drive Starts Its Soil Foundation

Delevan Drive Starts Its Soil Foundation

March 3rd brings new knowledge and a new class at Delevan Drive as Mr. Sala’s returning class learned the importance of a healthy soil foundation and a new class joined us in the garden. Mrs. Rivera’s class had some testing to do, so they will be joining us again next week to get their hands…

Delevan’s New Sprouts and New Mini Rangers

Delevan’s New Sprouts and New Mini Rangers

Delevan Drive has some exciting new arugula, cabbage, and scallion sprouts popping up with this warm weather February has brought. The new crop of students were more than enthusiastic to explore each bed’s newest sprouts and older crops, making sure to practice their two finger touch. All the new students also pledged to treat everything in…

Painting and Plant Love at Delevan Drive

The sixth week at Delevan Drive was marked with some painting and final notes on proper plant care and love. Ms. Stewart’s class brought some lively colors to do some garden painting to brighten up their classroom. The students incorporated some pine tree boughs and pinecones to add textures to a wonderful landscape/watercolor valley-filled picture.…

Plant Part(y) at Delevan Drive

Plant Part(y) at Delevan Drive

The penultimate 5th lesson at Delevan Drive brought an adventure to each class! Beginning with Ms. Stewart’s class, we explored beyond the enclosed garden to where the former Delevan farm was – out behind the science center. It is an extremely large space, enchantingly filled with clover thanks to the few storms we got a…

Cool Vs. Warm Weather Crops at Delevan Drive

Cool Vs. Warm Weather Crops at Delevan Drive

Thursday marked a strong learning day at Delevan Drive! We started off with a exciting treasure hunt for our special-needs learners, who could not contain their enthusiasm. Their hunt included some specific garden tools and plants so they were able to learn some fundamental garden bases, while their explorations took them to every corner of…

Do the Ladybug! Dancing at Deleven Drive

Do the Ladybug! Dancing at Deleven Drive

This past Thursday brought a lot of good news and excitement to Delevan Drive Elementary! The garden’s water woes have been completely fixed, and the new sprouts have thrived with the lovely rainstorms from the past two weeks. All four classes gave some helping hands to clear the beds of fallen leaves and debris from…

Delevan Drive Does the Soil Train

Delevan Drive Does the Soil Train

This week’s lesson focused on learning how to identify the types of soil one can normally find in their garden or backyard. We broke down the three types of sediment possibilities and their fundamental identifiers: sand, silt, and clay. We asked ourselves to test all of our senses- What does it smell like? Look and…

Greeting The Cool Season at Delevan Drive

Delevan Drive’s fifth and sixth graders got to greet the new season’s cool winds and temperatures with some new seedlings and sprouts. Rows of newly planted chard, broccoli, and red lettuce were waiting to meet the students after our volunteer day! The past Saturday, a lovely UCLA volunteer group helped spread manure in the beds…