A fallen tree…

View of the tree that has fallen.

Well, Thursday February 23rd, was an interesting day. It was one of those days that things don’t go as planned. I arrive at the school, to my surprise, the plant manager tells me that a tree had fallen in the garden on Monday due to the storms. I go in and look, the bad news is that the kids can not be in there because it’s a safety hazard. The plan of the day was for the kids to be in the garden getting their hands in the soil, as I brought many pounds of compost and many seedlings for them to plant.

We ended up in the auditorium for the day. All classes that made it for the day were read the book, “A reason for a flower” by Ruth Heller. With my second graders, we finished up our Pictionary game, which took most of class time. With the 1st graders, we did a quick review of parts of a plant, and a quick lesson on warm and cool season veggies. The 6th grade class only had about 20 minutes of their time to join me. Since they weren’t here last week, I had them tell me which “Parts of the Plants” we eat, as I listed them on the whiteboard. I had wood paint sticks for them to do as an activity in the garden, to write and decorate them, since they would have planted seedlings. Instead, the class took the sticks with them, and will be bringing them the following week decorated! Looking forward to see how each unique garden label comes out! We ended with a taste of broccoli and hummus.

View of the tree that has fallen.

View of the tree that has fallen.

Pictionary, continued.

Pictionary, continued.

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Broccoli and hummus!

Broccoli and hummus!

-Ranger Cindy

 

Well, Thursday February 23rd, was an interesting day. It was one of those days that things don’t go as planned. I arrive at the school, to my surprise, the plant manager tells me that a tree had fallen in the garden on Monday due to the storms. I go in and look, the bad news is that the kids can not be in there because it’s a safety hazard. The plan of the day was for the kids to be in the garden getting their hands in the soil, as I brought many pounds of compost and many seedlings for them to plant.

We ended up in the auditorium for the day. All classes that made it for the day were read the book, “A reason for a flower” by Ruth Heller. With my second graders, we finished up our Pictionary game, which took most of class time. With the 1st graders, we did a quick review of parts of a plant, and a quick lesson on warm and cool season veggies. The 6th grade class only had about 20 minutes of their time to join me. Since they weren’t here last week, I had them tell me which “Parts of the Plants” we eat, as I listed them on the whiteboard. I had wood paint sticks for them to do as an activity in the garden, to write and decorate them, since they would have planted seedlings. Instead, the class took the sticks with them, and will be bringing them the following week decorated! Looking forward to see how each unique garden label comes out! We ended with a taste of broccoli and hummus.

View of the tree that has fallen.

View of the tree that has fallen.

Pictionary, continued.

Pictionary, continued.

IMG_2830

Broccoli and hummus!

Broccoli and hummus!

-Ranger Cindy

 

Cindy Soto

Cindy Soto is an avid gardener and foodie. She camps a lot and she lives in Highland Park. She is the Garden Ranger at Delevan Drive Elementary.

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