Welcoming Third Graders at Toluca Lake
Our first week tends to be an introductory week, and although I like it because the prep work can be minimal, I decided to do a quick introduction and move right into soil – and get down to business.
The kids really exceeding my expectations of what to expect of 3rd graders and the teachers were so welcoming and provided great feedback and input regarding what they’re working on in class. This was helpful for a couple of reasons, knowing what the kids are working on in class, helps me ground the gardening lesson into something both concrete (in the garden) and theoretical (math or science in the classroom).
Sarah, who is also a ranger has really encouraged me and inspired me to do more – her lessons are amazing and I feel like I can learn from just watching her get pumped about soil.
The graphic above breaks down the 4 components in soil (some say 5 and count microorganisms). We used a pie chart to describe fractions and translate them into percentages. They’re already doing this with their math.
The lesson centered heavily into what your soil is made of – meaning sand, silt and clay. We gathered soil from the orchard part of the garden and gave the kids an opportunity to gather the soil themselves.
Items needed: jar, lid, water and soap.
More information on how to conduct the experiment here:
Lastly, to determine the results you have to give the soil time to settled, 30 minutes minimum but 2 hrs plus will be even better. Our soil was roughly 30% sand, 1% clay and 69% silt.
We used the graph below to determine what type of soil we had. Each kid got a handout with this information and they mapped out their own identification.
The kids journaled either in the garden or back in class. And I can’t say enough about how proud I am of 3rd graders. And just so you know, this was our master gardening lesson FOR ADULTS!
By David Ames |
By Judi McKee |
By Lisa Friedman York |
By Melanie Golder |
By Catherine Siefert |
By David Ames |
By David Ames |
By Sarah Heder |
By Sarah Heder |
By Seema Sundaresh |
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