Field reports from

Kingsley Elementary School

The edible garden at Kingsley Elementary School was completed in Spring 2016 with the help of Do Good Bus volunteers.

Kingsley Elementary

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Why Are Seeds Dry

This week students at Kingsley learned about seed germination. It was a rainy day, which played perfectly into understanding why water is important to germinate seeds. Seeds are the only part of the plant that does not have water, though they’re not dry until they have been out of fruit for some time.  Dry seeds…

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Limeade Harvest Party

This cycle of classes, more than any other, was fanatic about the mint so I thought it would be fun to infuse it in a limeade for the last day of class. We tried to leave a big beautiful picture up on the board for the summer, but everyone got so excited to draw that…

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Water in the Garden at Kingsley

Why is water important for the garden? Where does it come from? Where does it go? These are some of the questions raised this week with the 3rd grade gardeners at Kingsley.  We began with talking about why plants need water. It is one of the 3 essential components to allow plants to keep growing….

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Planting Summer Flowers at Kingsley

It’s time to get ready for summer at Kingsley, as there are only 3 more garden classes left after this week. Students were really helpful and got their hands dirty today by helping me compost bananas from the cafeteria, pull some older winter crops, harvest corn and tomatoes, and transplant flowers. In between helping out…

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Where Can We Cultivate? at Kingsley

This week I used the apples thrown out by the cafeteria to demonstrate how much of the world we can cultivate food on. I start by explaining that the apple represents the whole world. I cut the apple in 4 quarters and took away three pieces, which represent the ocean. Then I cut the quarter in half…

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Bees and the Trees at Kingsley

This week Kingsley got some exciting new additions to their garden, a peach tree and an apple tree! It was a new cycle of classes today and we introduced the garden space and got familiar with some plants. As always, students got to try some things growing in the garden such as mint, kale and…

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Bags of Bananas

At the beginning of every day, I go to the cafeteria to collect food that had to be thrown out. This week I picked up 2 large bags of bananas and one smaller bag of apples and oranges. Some bananas had a slash in them, and a few others had brown spots. About 75% of the…

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Life is SPRINGing Up at Kingsley

This is the time of the year where life in the garden begins to explode. After being gone 2 weeks from Spring Break, there was a lot popping up in the garden. In class we explored some of the different fruits, seeds and flowers popping up. The corn is almost ready to be picked, the…

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Racing to Compost at Kingsley

This week we did a compost relay to better understand the relationship between food waste and plant waste in compost. Before the activity, we discussed what compost is as well as what we can and can’t throw into the compost. This led into a brief conversation about different waste bins including regular “trash” and recycling….

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Harvest and Seedlings at Kingsley

Today we discussed essential factors for plants to grow. We compared cilantro, oregano, and sunflower seeds and how even though their sizes vary, they still hold the same information to grow an entire plant. We talked about the importance of water and where the plant absorbs most of it’s needed water- the roots! We also…

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Making Garden Signs

The edible garden at Kingsley has been missing signs to indicate everything that’s growing. This week the 2nd grade classes helped glue and decorate signs out of popsicle sticks. Some signs were decorated with nasturtiums, cilantro, mint, or oregano leaves on the back side and were sealed with a modge podge. The class was spent…

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Rolly pollies and harvests at Kingsley

Today, a new cycle of garden class began at Kingsley with one 3rd grade class and two 2nd grade classes. A lot of familiar faces, as many have wandered into the garden during recess throughout the year. We started our lesson learning the garden rules and talked about what we know about gardening already. Then…

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Nasturtium Glitter Friends

This week the 5th graders were on a field trip so we had a fun extended Kindergarten crafts class. Students got to pick nasturtium leaves and glued them onto popsicle sticks. The idea was to create nasturtium friends, whereas many got very creative and elaborate with their designs.  It was a relaxing last class and…

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Eating and Growing Sustainably

Sustainability, a big word for 5th graders, was introduced to many this week at Kingsley. We broke the word down and discussed the idea of sustaining resources and preserving for the future. To begin thinking about growing and eating sustainably, students examined the tags on their clothes/ their classmates clothes to figure out where they…

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What Bugs are in our Garden?

Today was an exciting lesson on bugs in the garden and many creatures came out which significantly enriched our lesson! We discussed good bugs and bad bugs, specifically talking about some of the biggest plant eaters such as aphids and caterpillars as well as beneficial bugs such as spiders, worms and ladybugs. All four bugs…

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Compost Lesson and Seed Planting

Last week at Kingsley we learned about compost. Specifically, we talked about things we can or cannot throw into the compost and how the compost breaks down with the aid of fungus, bacteria, and insects. After pulling a lot of plants out of the garden the past week and throwing them in the compost, this…

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Garden TLC at Kingsley

Last week was especially hands on in the garden classroom. All students, a few in particular in the 5th grade classes, got their hands dirty. We harvested cauliflower as well as some kale, mint and beans. We cleaned up a lot of the garden beds, ready to plant new seeds this week! After learning about…

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New Cycles, Harvests and Garden Exploration

I’m not sure if it was the beautiful weather or the happy plants, but the three classes that started their cycle of garden class today were the most enthusiastic yet this year! For the next 6 weeks will be, Mr. Storhaug and Mr. Galvez’s 5th graders and Mr. Pozuelos’ Kindergartners. As any first class goes,…

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Venus Fly Traps and Leaf Trees

This week was the last week of the cycle at Kingsley and each class did something a little different. A few weeks ago the 4/5 class was begging me to bring in a venus fly trap. Though I wasn’t able to bring the actual carnivorous plant to school, we did make our own paper venus…

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How Seasons Affect our Gardens

This week at Kingsley the students learned about seasons and how different weather affects how plants grow. It’s no surprise that the large amount of rain has made an impact on the garden. Many plants are thriving, while others are dying. Over winter break, we had a very tall (~6 ft) sunflower flower. When we came…

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Tying Balanced Diets into the Garden

Today was my first day back at Kingsley since mid December and the garden is exploding with green! The rain has been amazing for all the seedlings that the students planted before break. Since it was still raining in the morning, the first two classes were held inside where we explored MyPlate and discussed the…

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Final Fall Semester Class

For our last class before Winter break, each grade had a little variety though ultimately all mastered the parts of a plant. Mr. Moore’s 3rd grade class learned that every part of a plant can be edible, depending on the plant. Sometimes, a plant can even have more than one edible part such as pumpkins, where…

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Bad Bug Scavenger Hunts

Last Wednesday, we explored beneficial and harmful bugs for the garden. We discussed some bugs that are hurting our garden such as aphids and caterpillars, which are eating leaves. We also learned about good bugs that protect the garden and manage the bad bugs. Then we went on a scavenger hunt in the garden to…

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Transition Day and Magic Potion Compost

Today the garden at Kingsley was buzzing with overlapping classes from the last cycle and the new cycle. Ms Donnellan’s fourth graders reviewed what we’d learned in the past 5 weeks and shared them in pictures. I was so excited to see that each of the previous lessons were brought up from soil, compost, parts…

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Three Sisters at Kinglsey

The corn has sprouted at Kingsley, which led perfectly into a lesson on sustainability. One bed is now entirely dedicated to sustainable gardening with the three sisters planted. Corn, Squash and Beans. Students planted the beans a few weeks ago and were googling over how quickly they had grown. The corn provides structure for the…

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The beginnings of a new compost!

Another beautiful day at Kingsley. Slowly but surely the leafy greens in the garden are coming to life. It looks like next week we’ll be having a harvest party and making a delicious recipe with all this Kale! During class, students learned about composting, specifically on the balance of nitrogen rich materials and carbon rich…

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Put yourself in another critter’s shoes

This week Kingsley had two lessons- a makeup class for a previous Holiday and the regular Wednesday class. Being that it was Halloween on Monday, it was fitting to learn about the good vs bad bugs in the garden. Students learned that there are bugs that are bad for the garden but not necessarily harmful…

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Soil Fun at Kingsley

The students at Kingsley Elementary were excited to learn about the different parts of soil! By taking soil from their gardens and shaking it with water in a jar, they were able to see how the heavier sand particles fell to the bottom. They analyzed the different layers they saw in the jar and identified…

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Today was the first day of the second cycle of garden classes at Kingsley. All students were mesmerized by the new Edible Garden Chalkboard, which was an incredible addition to their learning. Thank you Do Good Bus for your hard work!! In class, we discussed why gardening is important as well as vocab words such…

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Additions of compostor and notice board to Kingsley Elementary School Garden with Do Good Bus and Dickerson Employee Benefits

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A Lively First Day Learning About Parts of a Plant

Today was my first day as Garden Ranger at Kingsley Elementary School, where I was welcomed by a happy garden and excited Kindergarten and 1st graders. In class the students quickly mastered the six essential parts of a plant, giving us plenty of time for exploration and plant identification in the garden. The flourishing mint…

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Seeds, Seeds, Seeds

It was all about seeds and soil this Wednesday at Kingsley Elementary. The students kicked off the day by analyzing their soil samples from last week. Through this analysis, the students were able to determine the type of soil in their garden. Here are our results!   After the analysis, we learned the three main…

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Safe Harvesting Habits

This week at Kingsley Elementary, students learned the three rules of harvesting.  Rule 1: Do not harvest without permission Rule 2: Do not eat from the garden without permission Rule 3: Never eat wild mushrooms  In addition, the students obtained the skills to identify what plants were ready to harvest and which ones were not….

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Let’s Talk about Dirt

For our second class at Kingsley Elementary, the students learned about DIRT. We discovered the three main ingredients of dirt are sand, silt, and clay. While some dirt has all three components, other dirt may have only one or two ingredients. The students got to see examples of different dirt types. And special attention was…

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Planting at Kingsley!

We planted a lot at Kingsley Elementary School: Cantaloupe, Bell Peppers, Strawberries, and PUMPKINS! The students are going to be so excited when they come back to school and see their garden flourishing. We also planted a lot of flowers! The kindergarten teacher expressed how much joy it brought to her to see the garden…

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Kingsley – Seed Sprouts

Hello garden friends, The new Kingsley garden is off to a good start! The seeds that were planted are popping up! Mustard, squash, mint, oregano, peppers and tomatoes – so exciting! After thinning the small plants out I made a to do list. Before school, we need to make sure this place has a space…

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Feed the Birds

This week at Kingsley Elementary, we learned about the benefits of our animal friends in the garden, especially birds. In addition, we made berry and wheat bird feeders to attract our garden friends. We also planted flower seeds to attract bird and bug pollinators. Take a peak at our day!        

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Transplant Please…

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Sleeping seeds

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New Beginnings

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Our new vegetable garden at Kingsley Elementary school

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