Archive for September, 2008

Maidi’s class visits the p-patch and helps plant starters!

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4th/5th grade wrote about the Native American legend about the Douglas Fir cone. They made comic books retelling the story.

The Native American story is sometimes told like this…

Long, long ago there lived a mouse in the forest.

The mouse was fearful all day and all night, for the sly fox always tried to catch him and eat up him.

The mouse was very clever and was able to hide from the fox for a long, long time. But one day, he let his attention wander, and before he knew it, the fox was right there!

The mouse was very scared and ran off as fast as he could. But he knew the fox was faster, so frantically he searched for a place to hide.

He spied a cone that he thought was big enough to hide him, so he scurried inside. Well, he was hidden well enough that the fox couldn’t find him, but really the cone was too small.

And to this day, you can see the hind legs and the tail of the mouse sticking out from the Douglas-fir cone, where he is STILL hiding from the fox!

The End

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What an artist!

What an artist!

Orca has some incredible artists!

Orca has some incredible artists!

A masterpiece in the making.

A masterpiece in the making.

See the mice feet and tail sticking out?

See the mice feet and tail sticking out?

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Planting the west beds at Orca with yummy veggies

Before Stacy's class went into the garden, they did this web activity that shows that we are all connected.

Before Stacy's class went outside into the garden, they did this web activity that showed that we are all connected.

Theres nothing quite like getting your hands in warm compost

Theres nothing quite like getting your hands in warm compost

Lettuce, spinach, kale, chard, arugula, bak choi, and broccoli find a new home.

Lettuce, spinach, kale, chard, arugula, bak choi, and broccoli find a new home.

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Hauling compost was an Orca family affair today!

It seemed like summer today as we transplanted a whole mess of compost into a sad and sandy bed on the west side of Orca. Soon, veggie starts will be growing and giving us yummy food and snacks. Big thanks to Mr. C’s and Matt’s class for helping out AND all the great kiddos that helped out during their recess.
No one thought compost could be so fun!

No one thought compost could be so fun!

We get by with a little help from our little friends! Kindergarten and first grade help put yummy compost into the west beds. They had so much fun!

We get by with a little help from our little friends! Kindergarten and first grade help put yummy compost into a west garden bed at Orca. They had so much fun!

A little elbow grease goes a long way in the Orca garden.

A little elbow grease goes a long way in the Orca garden.

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Melanie’s class visits the Hillman City P-Patch

Fun was had by all as Melanie’s class took a short walk to Orca’s p-patch spot. They got to try fresh mint and yummy red tomatoes. They planted kale, broccoli, lettuce, spinach, and chard. They even got to do a scavenger hunt for a long list of vegetables. It was a beautifully sunny day. They then did a writing reflection on their p-patch experience.
Melanie surveys the fun

Melanie surveys the fun.

The garden is turning brown.

The garden is turning brown.

Under the tall corn, broccoli is planted.

Under the tall corn, broccoli is planted.

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The entire 4th/5th grade goes to Seward Park to experience native plants

What an exciting field trip on only the 2nd and 3rd day of school! What better way to learn about native northwest plants than to walk to nearby Seward Park and go on a scavenger in the forest? The 4th and 5th grade will be learning a lot about native plants, native trees, and invasive plants with new garden coordinator Anthony Warner. To see the cards used for native plant identification on the scavenger hunt go to http://wnps.org/education/resources/plantid_cn.html

A sunny walk through Seward Park 9/5/08

A sunny walk through Seward Park 9/5/08

The plants the students looked for were:

Salmonberry, Thimbleberry, Oceanspray, Stinging Nettle, Sword Fern, Indian Plum, Dull Oregon Grape, Tall Oregon Grape, Common Miner’s Lettuce, Trailing Blackberry, Salal,

Trees: Western Red Cedar, Red Alder, Douglas Fir, Pacific Madrone, Big Leaf Maple

Invasives: English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberry

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The garden is almost finished……

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