The fifth graders made herbed pizza dough in preparation for making pizza next week. They harvested rosemary, oregano, and chives and measured, minced, and kneaded the dough (while simultaneously making puns). The kindergartners discussed what organisms need from their habitats and created creature habitats in the garden. They collected materials to create shelter and provide food for our garden animals. The first graders created imaginative nature art in the garden. Students invented animals and created mythical creatures – dragons, a pegasus, and a che-wolf (half cheetah and half wolf). When sharing their creations, students had to include where they animals lived, how they survived, and what they ate. The second graders experimented with baking soda and vinegar to observe the three state of matter. In addition, they examined the results of the multi-week decomposition experiment. Students discovered a variety of mold, rotten fruits, and a rock that did not decompose. The third graders completed garden work, organized their garden cookbooks, and ate the pasta they made in previous weeks! The fourth graders made dough that will be used to make squishy circuits. Students measured ingredients and created insulating and conductive dough. Using food coloring, the scientist chefs labeled the two types of dough – blue for insulating and red for conductive. In their classroom, students will create the circuits and observe the flow of electricity. Ms. Romo’s class made strawberry-rhubarb compote and ate it with yogurt. Next week is my LAST WEEK teaching in the Miraloma Garden. Stay tuned for garden celebrations, reflections, and garden transformations.
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