That makes a plant?!

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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 were more engaged by the humming birds and moths flying around the garden. I decided to cover pollinators and how the birds and other insects pollinate the plants and “make new plants”. I decided to be a bee, and had the kids each choose a pollinator. We buzzed around the garden, pollinating the plants with our bizzzzz buzzz or chirip chirps. At the end of the lesson, they drew (pre-k) the pollinators or wrote about what they were and the role they played in the garden (2nd grade). The 5th graders drew the diagram that I brought and some of them were more interested in the 6th grade boys than a lesson plan. I decided to let the students who were participating plant plugs that had been donated from Muir Ranch. For snack, they had different varieties of apple and pineapple, but only after they named why it is important to “bee nice to pollinators” (also after saying thank you).

 

Sarah Shutman

Dayton Digs

We are definitely getting the garden ready for Summer at Dayton Heights Elementary.   It’s the time of year when garden rangers get even more sore than usual!  Lost to prune, pull, plan and plant. Lucky for me the third graders helped quite a bit today digging up the long awaited potatoes…harvesting plenty for all…
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Luke, I am your Fava – Dominguez High

Dominguez High has been a real great growing place. The soil full of nutrients and since we have spent time nuturing the fruit trees, they’ve began to show signs of love to us. Today was all about harvest and mulching with nitrogen rich fava plants…. WE had teams of fava harvesters, teams of cutters and…
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Borage burstin

Borage bursting, Bees buzzin’ lemon sorrel swirling. Are giant sunflower almost coming to a beautiful sun shining state And our greens are growing giant-like and great
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Sprouting Spring – Dominguez High

Flowers of the stone fruit burst open, alive and healthy. Seeds from our seed-sewing session are showing their purpose. We pull up the last of the great winter and prepare for all things warm. . Summer is upon us!         els
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The Cardboard Rescue – South Gate Middle

Way too much “trash” goes into our landfills that can be redirected into things more resourceful for our planet Today the plan switched a tad bit when I pulled up to the dumpsters of South Gate. Outside and in the bins were nothing but cardboard boxes, tons of boxes. And so we worked on our…
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Planting season – Whaley Middle

Today we stared in amazement at this giant sunflower that the kids and I went nutty over!.  It’s like it just appeared out of nowhere even though we’d been waiting for it to bloom open and dazzle us. While we retried our attempt at successfully planting tomatoes that don’t get eaten, the kids posed by…
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Seeds – Dominguez High

Recently we watched a documentary about seeds… Seeds: The  Untold Story Today. we cook with legumes seeds and more from the garden This “Bean Salad” we made was just greatly delicious. After learning how powerful seeds are I thought we should find out how to use some very simple and available hardy meals that takes…
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What’s Cooking – South Gate Middle

“YES, Veggie tacos!” is what I reply to the kids of my class as they ask what’s on the agenda for the day.. Today we harvested  Rainbow Chard, Collard Greens, Cilantro, tomatoes and a variety of kale… And made delicious veggie tacos… As the aroma of the cooking greens spread, mouths started to water and…
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Worms!

  I’ve never quite understood the fear that follows worms. From my experience, about 1 in every 100 kids fears worms but maybe 1 in 20 adults is scared of them. Why is that?  Somewhere along the way people are taught to hate them.  I believe it’s because they don’t understand them! Not only are…
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Friends, Foes, Scholarship, Art and Inquiry.

Cheremoya Avenue Elementary garden has it all.        Seeds, Seeds, Seeds. So many shapes, sizes, colors and textures.
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Red Onions and Befriending the Lunch Ladies at San Pedro Elementary

By Rocio Prado | September 18, 2018

  This was my first week as a Garden Ranger at San Pedro Elementary School. I’m learning that being a Garden Ranger means doing your best at negotiating many different moving parts. These include principals, faculty, community members, students, and the overall health of herbs, fruit trees, compost bins, and vegetables. Fortunately, I am in…

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