The Garden Loves the Rain at Atwater Elementary

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This is one of my favorite lessons to teach! The kindergartners loving eating every part of a plant — peas for the seeds, radishes for the roots, celery for the stem, mint for the leaves, broccoli for the flower, and apples for the fruit. After the students gobble up their food, they color in each part of the plant. It was pouring rain outside, so we had to have the lesson inside the classroom.

The 1st graders came up with great ideas on ways we could save water at home and at school when we talked about water conservation. I showed them how we save water in the garden by using a drip irrigation system. They are pointing out the holes where the water drips out, in the picture below.

After we listed a bunch of ideas on the board as to how we can conserve water, the students colored sheets they could take home and hang up in their bathrooms to help them and their families remember to turn off the water while they brush their teeth.

The kindergartners had a lesson on the warm and cool seasons here in LA. They drew pictures of cool and warm season plants. At the end of class, we explored the garden for plants that were thriving in the cool weather.

The 1st graders used their five senses to explore different types of herbs, leaves and flowers, such as rosemary, french lavender, kale, mint, and nasturtiums. They created leaf rub prints and drew their favorite herb. We all made bouquets at the end to give out to teachers.

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