Thursday, September 10, 2020

Theme: If You Plant A Seed...

 First, a beautiful story:



Next, hello Scientists and Gardeners!

Last time in garden, we were asking ourselves, "hmm, how are gardeners and scientists the same or different?"

In our classes, we solved problems in our garden by brainstorming different solutions and testing them out - just like scientists do with experiments.

Part of being a scientist and a gardener is observing what is going on in the garden with our plants.

Activity: Try planting a seed with just a paper towel and some water:

Put the paper towel in the lid of a container:

*I used popcorn and sunflower seeds!

Next, water it (keep the seeds damp) and wait (5 days for the first tiny sprout, a month for bigger sprouts):

Try this with beans, apple seeds, peppers, or any other seeds you might find! Observe your seeds every day!


*Check out this cool footage of a bean sprouting in time-lapse ballet!



Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Theme: Amazing Plant Engineers!

Engineers are a special kind of scientist who design buildings, furniture, tools, machines, bridges, and all kinds of other things we use in our daily lives.

In the garden, plants are also AMAZING engineers! They have structures that help them survive:


And, before there were rockets or airplanes, there were milkweed seeds! Check it out:


What other brilliant engineering examples can you think of from nature that we use as humans? 

Nature did it first, humans copied it!

Activity: Design the ultimate garden tool.

What does it do?

How does it help make farming or gardening easier?


Theme: A Gardener or a Scientist? Or Both?

 Hola Jardineros! Hello Gardeners!

Last time in garden, we learned about the Three Sisters (corn, squash, and beans) - 3 plants who are interconnected to each other.

Each plants helps the others survive.

In science this week, you've been learning about what a scientist is.

A scientist asks questions and makes observations about the world around them. Then, they solve problems by experimenting, making mistakes, and trying again to answer their questions.

Farmers and gardeners do the same thing!

We plant seeds - sometimes they grow and sometimes they don't. Then, we try different things to help them to grow.

We can observe what works and what doesn't work either in a notebook, a journal, or in our memories from season to season.

The work we do as scientists, farmers, and gardeners helps people have food, have medicine, have shelter, and learn about the world around them!

Activity: Draw yourself as a Gardener. 

What do you grow in your garden? 

What should you think about as you plan your garden?

What might be a challenge?

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Theme: The Three Sisters and Helping Each Other

 Greetings to Everyone, Everywhere!

We made it through our first week of online learning and I don't know about your experience, but, I had basically every tech issue possible!

Wifi in the garden is a tricky thing and honestly, teaching a hands-on, immersive, outdoor class through a computer is really tough.

A HUGE "thank you" to everyone who helped me by using their patience and kindness tool!

Speaking of helping...

...This week in garden class, we learned about the Three Sisters - a special combination of plants first grown by Indigenous People in the Americas. They practiced this "companion planting" long before Europeans began farming in North America, using colonial mono-crop farming techniques. I acknowledge that our garden is on Ohlone land.

The Three Sisters are: Corn, Squash, and Beans. 

Each plant helps each other to survive. 

The corn provides a tall place for the beans to wrap their stems.

The beans provide nitrogen and nutrients for the soil.

And then the squash helps to shade and protect the other two sisters:


*Reflection: How are you helping others during this time?


Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Theme: If You Plant A Seed...

  First, a beautiful story: Next, hello Scientists and Gardeners! Last time in garden, we were asking ourselves, "hmm, how are gardener...