Garden students at Melrose Avenue Elementary have been learning about form and function of the parts of a plant through hands on investigation and art. We observe the garden on a weekly basis allowing us to watch, in real time, a plant grow from seed to fruit. Students record their observations in notebooks and on iPads, creating a cumulative documentation of their 6-week rotation.
Students are also able to snack on fruits and veggies they planted themselves last school year. This allows the students to not only enjoy the flavors of their garden but also learn about the long amount of time it takes some plants to be ready to eat (such as our onions, carrots and broccoli).
And, we are having a great fruit year at Melrose Avenue with bananas, papayas and grapes getting ready.