There is a Fungus Among Us ~ Woodlawn
Have I told you about my 4th and 5th grade students at Woodlawn? Well, they are an exceptional group of kids with such inquisitive minds. So much so, that for the past few sessions, we have explored the world of FUNGI and the questions keep coming! (I’ve had to really do my research…these kids keep me on my toes!)
The support of the teachers has been amazing! The students researched topics such as; the most expensive mushroom, the most deadly mushroom and my favorite, the largest organism on earth. The latter being, YES…A FUNGUS! Not just any fungus, a specific honey fungus measuring 2.4 miles (3.8 km) across in the Blue Mountains in Oregon.
Student research provided evidence that mushrooms found in most gardens and in the wild, can be harmful. Even experts have trouble classifying fungi. We also discovered that fungi help stationary plants gain access to minerals, nutrients and water! Yes!!!! Plants communicate through fungi!
There were many questions about the safety of store bought mushrooms. Our research discovered that edible mushrooms are grown in “farms” that are basically large warehouses with controlled environments making them very safe to eat.
The teachers brought in a few different mushrooms for the kids to try.
One last question from the students…what do mushroom farmers grow their mushrooms in? COMPOST of course!
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