Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Theme: Cycle Stories

 Good day, Gardeners!

We usually make "Cycle Stories" in the Fall.

Today we tried this activity in Spring! 

We found many amazing examples of plants in different life cycle stages:

Your turn:

- Go for a walk or look out the window...

- What examples of plant life cycles can you find?

- Collect or draw your Cycle Story!

*What other cycles are there in our lives?

*We are also hearing the story, "The Boy Who Grew a Forest," by Sophia Gholz and using the platform Vooks to watch it!

Friday, May 7, 2021

Theme: Plant Super Powers

 Greetings Gardeners!

We focused on animal adaptations, so this week, let's focus on some plant adaptations!

A fun way to look at plant superpowers is to look at how seeds travel from place to place:

...and remember when we designed the ULTIMATE garden predator? We can try the same activity, but with plants!

...what do you think is the most effective way for plants to protect themselves from hungry herbivores?
...what do you think is the most effective way for plants to spread their seeds?

*Go for a walk outside or look out the window - how do the plants around you move their seeds around?

Monday, April 26, 2021

Theme: Cute, Cuddly Carnivores!

 Okay Gardeners, when I think of "cute and cuddly," I don't always think of animals who eat other animals, BUT, there are some really important critters in the garden who eat the bugs, who eat our plants!

Today we'll focus on adorable invertebrate predators - animals who have no bones and eat other animals.

I think they're pretty cute! 

What do you think?

1. The Jumping Spider:

2. The Ladybug:

3. The Dragonfly:

Cute, but deadly! 
These critters help our garden not get eaten by other insects. Look for spiders, ladybugs, and dragonflies in a garden near you!

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Theme: One Plastic Bag!

 In honor of Earth Day, we're seeing the story called "One Plastic Bag."

It's a story about women in Africa cleaning their village and tackling the HUGE problem of plastic waste.

Plastic doesn't decompose - it just piles up forever.

What can you do with all of the plastic you use?

Could you use ZERO plastic today?

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Theme: Honoring Farm Workers

 Hola todos - hoy, celebramos los granjeros!

Today, we celebrate farm workers!

*Each year, we honor and celebrate the lives of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta - Mexican farm workers who are famous for uniting workers in their fight for better wages, conditions, and basic human rights.

*Working in the fields is very hard work and without people to care for, plant, and harvest crops, we wouldn't have any food!

* President Barak Obama declared Cesar Chavez Day on March 31, on Cesar Chavez's birthday!

AND - it was Dolores Huerta who began using the phrase, "Si, se puede!" during strikes (Obama later adopted the phrase for his campaign!)

* A less-often-told story is the life and legacy of Larry Itliong - a Filipino farm worker who actually started The Delano Grape Strike.

*It was Itliong who walked off the grape fields and reached out to Cesar Chavez to unite the Mexican and Filipino farm workers' unions!

*Itliong demanded wages equal to the federal minimum wage - this means that for YEARS, farm workers were being paid LESS THAN the minimum wage and many farm workers lived in labor camps.

*Because both unions joined together, they were able to win better working conditions and they formed the United Farm Workers in August 1966.

*Call to Action: Help your community today in some small way:
- Clean up
- Wash dishes
- Prepare food
- Take out the trash, recycling, and compost

...How does it feel to help out?
...How does it feel to do the right thing?

Theme: Cycle Stories

  Good day, Gardeners! We usually make "Cycle Stories" in the Fall. Today we tried this activity in Spring!  We found many amazing...