Archive for May 22, 2015

3rd grade tomatoes make it home!

Two for the price of one

Two for the price of one

Maybe you remember our 3rd grade plant growth project? Students grew a tomato from seed and monitored it’s growth every week for over two months. We learned measurement w/ rulers and how to care and love for our plants. Many plants had cool names like Bob & Mitzy.

They like their hard work

They like their hard work

Finally the plants were ready to go home and they looked amazing. There is a special kind of pride in a student’s face when they take that much time to create something alive, while monitoring it and taking care of it. Good job 3rd grade!

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Native American folktales & Douglas Fir pinecones

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We revived an oldie but a goodie activity here at Orca by infusing a popular Native American folktale w/ art & an amazing sunny day. Douglas Fir trees are renowned for their ability to survive forest fires and this folktale tells the story of a mouse who escapes the fire by climbing in a pine cone (you can see their tales & feet sticking out!). Read it here!.

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A funny side note is that I wanted to look for a link to this story and what popped up first in the google search?!?!? Well it was an old blog post from us from over 5 years ago! Look at it here!

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Students were able to find a sunny or shady spot in the garden and create their story on paper. We talked a bit about the oral tradition of storytelling and folktales- this artistic rendition will help them retell the story. They took the pinecone too so there should be some fabulous stories being told tonight.

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