Field reports from

Mid City Prescotts School of Enriched Sciences

What’s in a Peanut? at Mid City Prescott

George Washington Carver was intrigued with the homely peanut, and he managed to discover hundreds  of inventions. In our own garden, our classes discussed the misleading appearance of a peanut and how the dry, dirty shell houses a wonderful, tasty snack. After our discussion, students explored the garden brainstorming new uses for all the plants…

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Flower Dissections at Mid-City

The students have been asking where seeds come from and how they are made, so this week we went investigating! I helped point our classes in the right direction, but telling them that flowers make seeds, but they had to figure out how that happened. Each student got a flower and we dissected it to…

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Garden Poets at Mid-City Prescott

One fun way to talk about syllables is by studying haikus. Haikus are poems with a set number of syllables for each line.  For today’s garden activity we reviewed syllables and read a few examples of haikus. Some are thoughtful and some are silly, but they are all only three lines long. At first students thought…

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Digging into Literature at Mid-City

Students at Mid-City have been reading Island of Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell. In the book, the main character Karana belongs to a Native American tribe who get most of their food by digging roots and fishing. In the garden, we discussed what it would be like to gather all your food from the environment,…

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First Things First at Mid-City

The winter rains have made the garden a little wet , but they’ve also given us a lot of vegetables to harvest and eat! Since the garden was a little damp the other day, we moved garden class indoors after exploration time. We brought the garden inside with us by bringing lots of broccoli and…

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Kreative Kale at Mid-City Prescotts

The smoke from the fires earlier this year forced us inside during garden class. Luckily, our kale plants are ready to harvest and the move inside gave us a chance to talk about recipes and make a quick recipe. Our classes brainstormed what sort of snack they would make with kale and created their own…

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Symbiotic Relationships and Predators at Mid-City Prescott

The sunflowers we planted 2 months ago have grown high over our heads and now ants are trailing up their thick skins and across broad leaves. Today’s lesson started from the question, what are all these ants doing? We discussed how tiny aphids gather around our garden leaves, and attract the ants to eat the…

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The Race to Make Good Soil at Mid-City

The students at Mid-City have a lot of energy, so they were especially excited to find out our soil lesson would involve a race! After questioning and observing how leaves and woodchips naturally break down into soil in our garden space, we gathered carbon and nitrogen materials (fruit peels, paper, and other organic materials) to…

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Listening Can be a “Fruitful” Experience at Mid-City Prescott

A few weeks ago, the teachers at Mid-City mentioned that their classes top areas for improvement are following directions and listening skills. With that in mind, this week’s activity made use of our abundant tomato harvest and included 3 large tasks that required both listening and following directions. At the beginning of class, I gave…

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Taking Learning Outside the Classroom at Mid-City Prescott

This year Mid-City Prescott is starting a new unit on systems learning for all their classes. Everything is made up of systems and so the garden class provided a perfect opportunity for students to expand their understanding. After reviewing the basics of what a system is, classes discussed ecosystems and how everything in the garden…

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Eating the Rainbow at Mid-City Prescott

Since we have a nutrition intern from UCLA at Mid-City this month, we are taking the oppportunity to learn how our garden plants can help our nutrition.Today we learned that each color in our fuits and veggies is associated with a special power to help our bodies. We played a game to see what team…

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Expanding the garden at Mid City Prescott!

We had an amazingly productive workday yesterday, expanding the existing garden at Mid City Prescott School of Enriched Sciences! We had two amazing groups helping out – a small team from NASDAQ and a large force from Core Digital Media. They worked hard in the heat and now the garden has four new row crops…

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New garden at Mid City Prescott!

With the help of volunteers from Keller Williams Realty, we built a brand new garden and student farm at Mid City Prescott! The garden contains 5 raised beds, fruits trees and three row crops. Students were able to get some planting done as well! Thanks to everyone from Keller Williams who came out to help!…

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