The new year brought new lessons on the food chain here at Glenfeliz Elementary! TK, Kindergarteners and Second graders got to snack on some sweet Blood Oranges, as we went over the basics of the food chain. I explained how life is a cycle, with every living organism doing its part to grow and how this includes the consumption of others (Producer> Primary Consumer> Secondary Consumer > Third). Helping them understand how plants as the primary producers are the most fundamental pillar for our planet’s food cycle is very key.
We did this by having four volunteers act out the different players in the food chain, with the children choosing the different players. Having the students act out the parts and interact with the story ensured they both had fun and could commit the lesson to memory. Another key lesson explains how all living beings are interdependent with each other, and that there is no hierarchy but true appreciation for the lives of each other.
In other news-the peas here are ready to take over the garden beds! Returning from a three week hiatus brought the surprise of some towering, overflowing pea plants with pods galore. The students were very excited to see how one small pea seed could grow into something so large and strong.