Eastman Elementary School

Summer is Starting at Eastman Avenue Elementary

It’s the last week of Garden classes at Eastman Avenue Elementary and a good day to talk about summer vegetables vs winter vegetables.  We talked about the climate in Southern California and how we can grow year round, but that different things grow at different times.  We talked about how the summer has long days…

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Last Day for the Kinder Graders

Here they were on the last day of their garden class. Enjoying themselves finding Friends & Foes in the garden, smelling flowers and herbs. Lovely children whose imaginations helped them become more drawn to plants and nature. The school garden gives them an opportunity to learn about nature and see it as a  living environment…

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A bee is a friend

Honey bees live together in a colony, divided in three groups – queen bee, drones and workers. Each  group has an important role in the community. they work as team to keep the colony alive and well fed during the long winter days when they will live inside their beehive eating  honey. Students understood how…

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Bugtime at Eastman Ave Elementary

We had a blast in the garden today learning about bugs! During school, the first graders learned about friends and foes in the garden; friends who help the garden out and foes who make a mess of things! Here are some of their drawings (with sound-it-out spelling).   They learned that spraying poison on the bugs…

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Learning About Seeds at Eastman Ave

We had a fun day learning about seeds. The kids explored inside some soaked black eyed peas to see if they could find the baby plant inside. We talked about how Seeds need water to start growing and why we soak dry beans before we cook them — to rinse off substances that keep the…

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Harvest, First Garden Class

The Kinder classes made their way in for their outdoor experience, they harvested snapdragons, herbs, chives, Swiss chards, purple chards and carrots.   As the warm crops continue growing,  students helped harvest the cool season crops and  make room for the new plants.  Some of them sample and liked the taste of these veggies and…

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What part of the plant do I eat at home? | Eastman

Carrots, lettuce, beans, broccoli are some vegetables that are roots, leaves, seeds and flowers, respectively. Identifying the parts of the plant will help students understand what is growing in the garden and what parts of the plant they buy at home. Students drew their own plant and labeled all six parts of it. They had to think of what…

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Welcome 1st Grade

New cycle is here.. In their first day in the garden, 2nd grade students were all hands on; ready to help. Along with their teachers, students transplanted roots from one bed to another. Other classes helped watering the garden. It was pretty hot day for early March, the students and plants enjoyed keeping cool with…

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Seedlings..

When to start seeds? the answer depends upon your zone. The Department of agriculture separates zones according to their temperature, this  enhances germination and strong healthy plants. Some seeds are best to start in seedlings and others sow. The parents club  put to practice their gardening skills and made seedlings! Students had their last garden…

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Friends and Foes

The garden is like an ecosystem where insects, plants, pests  and other alike make a home benefiting from each other. Students learned that some insects are beneficial for the garden and others are not. They looked at photos of insects and understood what they pray on and what plants attract them to the garden. Beneficial…

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Cool vs warm

Understanding when to plant  is important for a successful garden. Students  learned that in California we have two planting season-Cool and warm.  The length of the day and how cold nights get  affect the plants growth as well. I showed pictures of cool and warm season vegetables and students reacted  when they saw their favorite…

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Welcome to the garden 2nd grade!

First day in the garden for second graders. We set the rules of how to behave in the garden. We discussed the things they would like to see grow beside fruit trees and tropical plants.  They sample  lettuce, learned gardening words such as beds, compost, soil, hand shovel irrigation etc. Last, students helped prune and…

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Last class

5TH graders finished  their garden classes with an art gallery that showed their group posters. we discussed jobs that incorporate growing foods. Students learned that there are many professions where they can make a living by learning how to take care of nature and grow healthy foods. Their group topics inspired them to think about…

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Sustainable ideas for the future at Eastman

After a week of working on our posters, the 5th graders presented, explained ideas to develop a project that is sustainable, due-able and will motivate the community and officials to be involved. Students had 5 topics to pick from, as a team they brainstormed ideas, found inspiration within their school grounds and communities to develop…

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Team projects and posters. (STEM)

A rainy day means  indoor garden projects. 5th graders worked in small groups brain storming ideas and  solutions to illustrate a poster for their assigned topic. The topics were the following: Rain Reservation, a Sustainable City, a School Garden in 2027, More Trees and a Community Garden in 2017.  As part of their  introduction to…

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Biodegradable vs non-biodegradable

Students learned  about compost and it’s ingredients- green, brown materials, fungus, bacteria, invertebrates, oxygen, nitrogen and moist. Our  compost  bin was the sample where they added fruit and vegetable scraps, shredded news paper  and cardboard, water and a good mix. They understood the differences  between Biodegradable and non-Biodegradable and saw examples of the materials  that…

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Welcome 5th grade

Welcome to the garden !! Students had their first lesson about the  six parts of the plant- roots, stem, leaves, flowers fruits and seeds. We eat them all and each provides us with vitamins essential for our growth and survival. The class also sample kale, lettuce, bell peppers, and herbs that are growing. For some…

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Welcome to the garden..

      The next Cycle of students  are ready to dive in the garden and find the magic within. 5th graders are making their way to explore, learn  the art of growing foods and how plants helps us stay active, energetic and healthy. Their lesson started with a quick visit to their classrooms. While…

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Sample kale and munch on lettuce

November 16, 2016 Last day of class for this cycle. The last lesson was Food and Jobs. the garden not only  gives our veggies, fruits , herbs and flowers  but it is also an excellent  career  for making a living. Students shared what type of jobs are connected with foods and the career they would…

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Bodies in motion

Wednesday  our class focused in foods, healthy vs unhealthy and how our bodies responds when we do not nourish it well. Students shared about their eating habits and what they can do to keep their bodies healthy.  they understood that a well balance meal and exercise will  benefit  and will help them concentrate and perform…

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Community

Dia de los muertos.. Art with Basil, Cilantro, Lavender, Mint, Dill and Marigolds.   Students are becoming more curious about the edible garden and the benefits for the community. As they watch their seedlings grow, they understand the connection plants have with life. One student said  ” seeds represent the circle of life and now…

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Compost and art

Eastman had their lesson on compost, students understood that compost is decayed organic material used as a plant fertilizer. Green and brown, bacteria, fungus and invertebrates are the ingredients that  turn decayed material into compost. They also planted cool season veggies- Cabbage, lettuce, broccoli and carrot seedlings. At the end of class, they rinsed their hands…

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Parts of the Plant

  At Eastman Students  learned the six parts of the plant ( root. stem, leaves. flower, fruit, seed). We eat all parts of the plant from the roots to the seeds, but we are aware of parts of the plant are not healthy for us. Eastman students drew, colored and wrote about the plants, friends…

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The Seasons-Eastman Elementary

September 28, 2016 Los  Angeles is lucky, we can plant and grow plants almost all year around because we experience only two crop seasons- warm and cool. The weather is similar to the Mediterranean making it easy for cultivating. Eastman Elementary students learned about the seasons and what vegetables, fruits, herbs and plants  can be…

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Eastman Elementary- friends and foes

Students learned about the friends and bad friends  in the garden. There are beneficial insects, worms and predators in the garden, but there are other friends who take away from the garden.  Students identify good and bad  friends by exploring the garden while they find good and bad friends. Ranger -Zuri

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Lets talk dirt. Eastman Elementary

Yesterday students learned about dirt, soil and mulch. with three wooden blocks , students were able to find the differences among them, students were also able to analyzed and think about the nutrients dirt lacks, what healthy soil looks like and the purpose of mulch.  . Ranger zuri

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Eastman Elementary 1st Garden Class

Wednesday Sep 7th was the first day of garden class. Six classes full of energy, curiosity and eagerness to learn all about nature.  with their imagination and team work, the garden will  produce lots of veggies, fruits and herbs. The garden will also be a hub for their curious mind  to expand and  learn something…

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Last day at Eastman

This week at Eastman, students explored the garden, taking liberal sniffs of the existing plants and learned about the irrigation drip system. We also made preparations to say goodbye for summer. We planted watermelon, pumpkin, corn, and radishes two weeks ago and they are actually coming in very nicely. We also added some more transplants to the…

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Planting up at Eastman

Eastman elementary has decided to bring new classes to the garden every week for the rest of the school year to introduce as many students to their brand new garden as possible. We are taking this opportunity to familiarize students with gardening lingo and rules. But we are also getting students’ feet wet by letting them…

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Welcome Gardeners at Eastman Elementary

Eastman elementary students had their first week in their brand new garden this week. It was an exciting time as students explored the empty garden beds, making plans for what they would like to see grow within the coming months. We planted three tomato plants in this garden, with each class coming up with a…

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