<a They wrote a blog post about our community giving project we will be doing this spring. We will be growing thousands of organic vegetable starter plants to donate to food banks, schools, and community gardens. Read the article on Urban Farm Hub's incredible website…
Archive for January 13, 2010
Do you know alll the ingredients in a bag of hot cheetos? How about half? This question was posed to the 6th grade Math/Science classes as the beginning of our unit on food. They were asked to highlight or circle the ingredients they did know, coming up with a mathematical percentage. This lesson was insightful and exciting because it really helps students learn to inform themselves about what they eat. Although almost everybody eats things that they know are not good for them, it is important to develop the ability to read food labels so they can make educated decisions for themselves. This 7 unit lesson on food will explore the ins and outs of where our food comes from and what is in it!
Some surprises: MSG- check. Tons of sodium- check. 9 servings in a bag?!? Unbelievable.
There is a great Native American folktale that tells the story of mice escaping a forest fire and hiding in a Douglas Fir pinecone. You can still see their feet and tail sticking out!! We talked with K-3 classes about the power of oral stories and how they are passed down from generation to generation. We updated the storytelling process by letting them make their own comic book strip detailing the story. They were encouraged to tell the story in their own way, with all their own embellishments and creativity.
There are a lot of approaches to garden education during the winter season. During this time, we are not able to experience the garden in a super hands-on way. But this does allow us to experience the world of sustainability, Native American culture, and food! So, though the garden may be gray now, we are shining some light on the natural world in the classroom.