November 18th 2nd grade garden day

11/26/2022 1:33 pm

 

In November students are learning about our Texas State Flower - The Bluebonnet! Students studied the life cycle of the Bluebonnet and how to identify the plant at all stages. They taped bluebonnet seeds to their papers to take home and are eager to see Bluebonnets blooming in Spring. 
 
While in the garden today students observed all of the beautiful produce that is growing. They also were given the opportunity to taste the lettuce that they grew from seed.

   

    

   

  

  

   

 

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November 3rd-3rd grade

11/9/2022 8:27 am

 

In November students are learning about our Texas State Flower: the bluebonnet! Students studied the life cycle of the bluebonnet and how to identify the plant at all stages. Each student had a bluebonnet seed taped to their paper to take home to plant in their own yard. The students looked at bluebonnet plants and explored their physical characteristics.

 

While most of our classes had garden day inside, Mrs. Chien's class was able to go outside after Field Day was over and they harvested many of your awesome radishes. They were all different shapes and sizes. We planted more radish seeds. We also saw some bluebonnet sprouts coming up in multiple beds in the garden area!

  

 

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October 20th-3rd grade garden day

10/26/2022 5:01 pm

 

In October students are focusing on learning all about Monarch Butterflies and their fascinating migration!  Make sure to ask your third graders about our Texas State Insect and a fun fact that they learned. 
 
While in the garden today students took part in a discussion about the monarch life cycle and were able to see two of the stages live in my butterfly habitat. (pupa and larva) Our garden teacher was very impressed with their knowledge of science vocabulary (migrate, migration, predator, larva, pupa, monarch). They went into the gardens and looked at the sprouts that are coming up. Unfortunately the army worms have arrived in the gardens and are eating some of our sprouts. They had a discussion about food chains and the fact that the birds might like to have the army worms as a meal. They got to remove as many as we found. The students planted more seeds in the empty spaces.

 

      

      

 

 

 

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Thank you PTO volunteer Jaynette Nguyen for watering our garden

10/26/2022 4:57 pm

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October 6th -2nd grade garden day

10/25/2022 8:42 am

 

In October students are focusing on learning all about Monarch Butterflies and their fascinating migration!  Ask your second graders about our Texas State Insect and a fun fact that they learned. 
 
While in the garden today students learned all about the life cycle of monarch butterflies.  They were able to observe the larva and pupa stage in the butterfly habitat. One group was able to watch the caterpillar that was hanging the the habitat in a J shape begin to make its chrysalis.  One group of students saw a monarch in the garden area, but it was not close enough to capture and tag. All of the students investigated in the gardens and checked out the seeds they planted on their last visit. They planted more seeds in the places where more seeds were needed. 

 

 

     

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September 30th -3rd grade

10/3/2022 8:30 pm

 

In September students are focusing on learning about our fall crops and the parts of the plant that we eat.  Ask your third graders  about the roots, stems, flowers and leaves that we eat!
 
While in the garden today students learned about the parts of the plants that they eat and looked at examples of several. They ventured out into the gardens to see what sprouts we had growing (radishes). They planted several different kinds of seeds - beans, peas, carrots, beets, radish, chard, turnips, kale, spinach, lettuces. They also planted two cauliflower seedlings and two broccoli seedlings. They observed the sunflower sprouts that have started to emerge as well, along with one bluebonnet sprout.

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Introducing our garden teacher

9/15/2022 10:40 pm

We would like to thank our incredible garden teacher for teaching our 2nd & 3rd graders all the joys a garden can bring.

Make sure to follow Elaine and Ready to Grow Gardens on social media to learn more about their program and see pictures from the Postma garden as well as many other schools. 

 

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1st garden day for 3rd grade September 1st

9/15/2022 10:30 pm

 In August/September students are focusing on hummingbirds. The fall migration of hummingbirds through Texas is from July through late August and often early September. Students learned all about the characteristics of birds, what makes hummingbirds unique from other birds, pollination, animal adaptations and migration. 

Did you know that hummingbirds are the only bird that can hover or fly backwards?

While in the garden today students were able to observe monarch butterflies, swallowtail butterflies, monarch caterpillars and eggs, small toads, dragonflies, and ants. In the morning before the students arrived they saw a bunny. The students helped to turn the newly purchased soil in all of the beds with shovels. They also were able to remove a seed from a sunflower head from last seasons crop to continue the life cycle of the sunflower. They planted them in the butterfly beds. Some students planted zinnia seeds. They dug up the sweet potatoes that were planted at the end of last year. The vines were magnificent. The sweet potatoes however were very small. The sweet potato slips that they used were from potatoes that 3rd grade teachers started in their classroom with store bought potatoes. This year they will try sweet potato slips that are not store bought. 

 

 

 

 

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1st garden day for 2nd grade September 15th

9/15/2022 9:29 pm

In September students are focusing on learning about our fall crops and the parts of the plant that we eat.  Ask your 2nd grader about roots, stems, flowers and leaves that we eat!
 
While in the garden today students learned all about what parts of plants we eat (root, stem, leaves, flowers, seeds). They were shocked that we eat all of those parts. While in the gardens they turned the soil and added nutrients to most of the beds. They were able to plant either carrot or radish seeds in the vegetable beds.  Some groups planted some parsley seeds in the herb bed. Others planted flower seeds in the butterfly beds. There was a monarch caterpillar in the early morning and a monarch butterfly during the afternoon for the kids to observe. Dragonflies were plentiful as well. We smelled the herbs in the herb bed. Some groups discussed the weather conditions and what makes our gardens grow. (water, sun, space, nutrients, air) The gardens are marked with labels -- most of them don't have seeds yet. (Radish, carrot, Flowers, Parsley) - - were all planted today.
 

 

 

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