Second grade boys and girls have been very busy working outdoors. They returned to school to find pumpkins (and watermelons) growing in their pumpkin patch. They harvested pumpkins for their classroom displays, measured the circumference of watermelons, and then cleared the patch for this year's first graders. They added some leaf mulch to the soil, and turned it over, to add nutrients for next year's crop. This was done because the children saw many grubs in the soil. This is a bad sign (grubs are the larvea form of beetles which eat our crops.) We prefer to find worms in our soil. Finally, some pumpkins are "decomposing" in the pumkin patch. The students are making observations of this process.
Second graders also enjoyed a lesson on the history of the scarecrow. They learned about scarecrows from Egypt, Japan, Greece, and the Native Americans from North America. Children had to draw and/or write about each scarecrow tradition. A follow-up lesson was conducted, in which our students made class scarecrows. These can be found in our gardens! Ms. Snyder's class scarecrow was on display in the lobby during October and Novemer. It is now resting in our shed until spring planting time!