Finally Some Rain! at Foster

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Rain!! Finally, finally, Los Angeles has entered, even if briefly, the rainy season. What a relief! With just a little bit of precipitation, the landscape changes quickly from brown to saturated greens. The flowers on the sides of the road begin to bloom. And the air is so fresh! Water really gives life to our Earth.

Having observed the rain during the week, I grabbed the opportunity to walk my students through the journey of a raindrop during our garden class today. First,we discussed what a Cycle is (something that repeats over and over again) and some other examples of cycles — lifecycles of various animals, daily routines and recycling paper and plastic, etc.

After introducing the vocabulary, we dove right into drawing the water cycle together. Simply put, the life of a raindrop begins over a body of water, evaporates into the air, condenses into clouds and drops over land. Going into more detail, the ocean is the liquid form of water, evaporation is a gas (think water vapor such as your breath in the winter or steam above a pot of boiling water) and frozen precipitation (snow and ice) is a solid.

We talked about what happens to the salt that was in the ocean between the time that the water evaporated and it precipitated. We talked about what clouds might feel like and compared that to the feeling of our breath on our palms. We talked about different types of precipitation: rain, snow and hail. And we all reveled that the earth has been recycling water since the beginning of time! If you think about it, the water that comes out of your tap is the same water that existed when the dinosaurs were around!

Hope Cox

Hope is an urban farmer, garden educator and foodie transplanted from Tennessee to SoCal in 2014. She hopes to move out of the big city one day to pursue the life of a sustainable farmer; but in the meantime loves to teach elementary kids about how food is grown, nutritious and tasty recipes and connecting with nature.

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