Watching the Clouds | Juan Cabrillo

Today, we observed the recent rains — the puddles on the ground, the sky above full of different colored clouds, the direction of the wind … Why are some clouds white, why are some black, why are some grey? Which way is the wind blowing the clouds? Which way is North, South, East and West?

Frank and I used all of these ponderings to segway in reviewing the Water Cycle. As I told the story of a drop of water, we mentioned the term humidity (the measure of water in the air) and how much humidity needs to exist to precipitate (100%!), everyday examples of condensation (foggy bathroom mirror, water on the outside of a cold glass), different types of precipitation (snow, rain, hail), an example of ground water (i.e. a well), and why lakes and streams are not salty (I asked the students: what happened to the salt from the ocean? Did it disappear or get left behind? Ah yes – it got left behind in the ocean because salt is too heavy to evaporate with the water!)


One of our teachers even taught us a song! (I can’t wait to share this with future classes!)


I really enjoyed listening to the kids verbally process the whys, whats, whens and hows of the water cycle. They are so smart and it was an honor to share with them a day where we could legitimately observe the clouds!


Hope Cox

Native to Tennessee, Hope fell in love with urban farming while majoring in Nutrition/Dietetics at UT Chattanooga. She volunteered at an urban farm there for two years and gleaned (pun intended!) bushels of knowledge about harvesting & planting, CSA box coordination, farmers market stands, school field trips, farm-to-table and more. When Hope moved to Los Angeles in late 2014, she began volunteering with EnrichLA and soon after became a Ranger. She loves sharing with her elementary students the hands-on experience of gardening, finding bugs, composting and eating from the garden. The expression of glee on the students' faces when they discover a new critter or favorite vegetable is the best part of Hope's day! One day, she hopes to be a real farmer in the country but for now is glad to be learning the ins-and-outs of inner-city farming.