3rd Grade students begin our plants and gardening unit by starting plants inside, exploring questions such as:
-What is the life cycle of a plant?
- How does such a tiny seed grow?
-What do plants need to gow?
- Does compost help a seed or not?
They then try to answer these questions with experiments. Later, we take our seedlings outside, plant them, and watch them grow
In early summer we had a Garden Club of student volunteers. We spent recess time once or twice a week building a pea fence and bean trellis, weeding, and turning soil. The group decided that any harvest would be donated to the St. Mary's food pantry, and that parent/family volunteers would be needed to care for the gardens during the summer months. We sent out a letter and around 6 families volunteered to help - during the summer they watered, weeded, and took the vegetables to the food pantry when they were ready.
We used the garden to explore the questions:
- Do plants get food or make food?
- If plants make food, how so they do it?
- What are the different structures of plants and their functions?
Some of the fall harvest went to the WES Cafeteria for students and staff to enjoy during Farm to School Week. Congratulations 3rd and 4th Grade students for a great garden season!