Buzzing Bees

A bee came and visited before one of the classes arrived!

Thursday October 27th .Today was all about Bees and Pollination!

We first started off by looking at our small experiment from last week. The seeds we had put in the jar. Since it was a whole week, the corn started to germinate first, and even started to develop some roots, wow!

Look at how big those corn seeds got in one week!

Look at how big those corn seeds got in one week!

I reminded them about how on the first day of garden class we had told each other our favorite fruit or veggie, but guess what? None of those would exist if it weren’t for our lovely pollinators, bees! We talked about how a bee pollinates a flower, what the nectar is, and how pollen is transferred because it attaches onto the bees’ body and legs.Then we all pretended to be bees! We divided into groups, each group got a clear straw. There were five cups set up around the garden, and they had to find them and get the “nectar” from the cups and bring it to our “hive”. It all took a while, and we realized how much hard work bees do just to get nectar and pollinate.

Getting that nectar!

Getting that nectar!

Putting the nectar into our "hive."

Putting the nectar into our “hive.”

 

I also brought some lilies for the kids to see some good, easy access pollen. Everybody got a small paint brush to get some pollen from the flowers and examine it with their own eyes.

IMG_1194

A bee came and visited before one of the classes arrived!

A bee came and visited before one of the classes arrived!

We ended with a little taste. Apples and honey! Honey because it’s the result after the pollination, and apples because it’s made possible thanks to bees!

-Ranger Cindy

 

Thursday October 27th .Today was all about Bees and Pollination!

We first started off by looking at our small experiment from last week. The seeds we had put in the jar. Since it was a whole week, the corn started to germinate first, and even started to develop some roots, wow!

Look at how big those corn seeds got in one week!

Look at how big those corn seeds got in one week!

I reminded them about how on the first day of garden class we had told each other our favorite fruit or veggie, but guess what? None of those would exist if it weren’t for our lovely pollinators, bees! We talked about how a bee pollinates a flower, what the nectar is, and how pollen is transferred because it attaches onto the bees’ body and legs.Then we all pretended to be bees! We divided into groups, each group got a clear straw. There were five cups set up around the garden, and they had to find them and get the “nectar” from the cups and bring it to our “hive”. It all took a while, and we realized how much hard work bees do just to get nectar and pollinate.

Getting that nectar!

Getting that nectar!

Putting the nectar into our "hive."

Putting the nectar into our “hive.”

 

I also brought some lilies for the kids to see some good, easy access pollen. Everybody got a small paint brush to get some pollen from the flowers and examine it with their own eyes.

IMG_1194

A bee came and visited before one of the classes arrived!

A bee came and visited before one of the classes arrived!

We ended with a little taste. Apples and honey! Honey because it’s the result after the pollination, and apples because it’s made possible thanks to bees!

-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.

Bruschetta at Kingsley

By Justine Tyler | April 1, 2018

Bruschetta is an antipasto (starter dish) from Italy consisting of grilled bread rubbed with garlic and topped with olive oil and salt. The wonderful kids and I at Kingsley Elementary made this classic dish today. Bruschetta with Tomato and Basil Recipe Prep time: 15 minutesCook time: 20 minutesYield: Makes 24 small slices, serves 6-10 as an…

A plant is what?!

By Sarah Shutman | March 29, 2018

When teaching about gardening, it is impossible to engage students if they don’t know what part of a plant I am talking about! For this lesson, I covered the parts of a plant. I discussed the roots, stem, leaves, fruit and flowers. I brought in a dug up mallow plant (to show roots, stem, leaves),…

Beets are rad(ish)!

By Sarah Shutman | March 27, 2018

Beets are rad(ish)! This year, Valentine’s Day was full of nostalgic excitement, as I remembered my days of elementary school, full of sugary candy and a “holiday”. This was my first year teaching on Valentines Day, and I wanted to share something special with the students of 2nd  Street Elementary. I decided to do a…

That makes a plant?!

By Sarah Shutman | March 22, 2018

For this lesson, I planned to cover plant reproduction via parts of a flower. This was the first lesson that required thinking on my toes and adapting my plan (something that I am quickly learning). I drew out a picture and went over the descriptions. The pre-K and 2nd graders were  lost and distracted. They…

Love Nature

By PJ Johnson | April 12, 2018

Valentines Day at Gardener School Love Nature. We showed our love for nature at Gardener School. The students were allowed to pick the most interesting leaf in the garden from any place in the garden and they had  to write something to it like a poem or a love letter. Ms. Thaviphone class created leaf…

Gardener School – Composting

By PJ Johnson | April 11, 2018

2nd-grade class: We visited the three compost bins in the garden.  Finding Mr. Brown carbon examples and Mr. Green Nitrogen examples to put in the bins.  They gathered brown leaves from the ground and picked three things to identify which it was carbon or nitrogen.  We also looked at a compost thermometer, talking about the…

Pollination at Gardener Street Elementary School

By PJ Johnson | April 10, 2018

Talk to the class about pollination today.   The kids identified the stamen and pollen on the flowers in the garden.  They also took herbs from the garden lemon balm, mint, lavender, sage.  They also identified the pollen on some herb plants.

Van Ness Deep in the Dirt

By PJ Johnson | April 9, 2018

We cleaned up the beds and Ms. Chelsea and Udie pulled weeds together. The students in the VI part of Vaness got their hands deep in the dirt.  Pulling out weeds from the beds especially in areas where we have overgrown vegetation.  We have eaten a lot of Romain lettuce with Hummus because the kids…

Compost Learning at Van Ness School

By PJ Johnson | April 8, 2018

New group of kids learning about compost.  We took a poll as to what [a cup of worm castings] worm poop was just by looking, touching and smelling the worm castings.  The students really were interested in what they could put in the Darth Vader like compost bin

Van Ness School making seed bombs with the VI kids

By PJ Johnson | April 7, 2018

This was a great exercise for the kids especially Udie.  Chelsea the OT specialist at Vanes and I partner to play with our students at Vaness.  Udie also helped to crush roasted eggshells for the compost.