Exploring the School Yard Habitat (Be sure to scroll down!)
Our fourth graders will spend the first semester of school exploring the School Yard Habitat. They will get up close and personal with the gardens that surround our school! Students will research and report on the many varieties of plants, trees and shrubs growing in our Outdoor Classrooms. They will become experts and share their knowledge with the school and local community through the creation of Field Guides. These brochures will teach others about the history of our gardens and what can be found growing in them.
Above yousee them exploring and identifying plants around the pond, in the veggie garden and in the Middle Eastern Garden. They can also been seen planting their "Journey North" tulip bulbs. They had to be planted according to specific guidelines so we made a grid, plotted coordinates, and measured with yards sticks the 7-inch depth at which the bulbs needed to be planted. Children will regularly observe and record data, awaiting the arrival of spring!
Finally you can see a few students in the computer lab, conducting research to publish their grade level field guides. Examples of guides made by last year's fourth graders are located in the display box outside the back door of our school lobby. Enjoy looking at what our students are doing for their community by working in our School Yard Habitat.
Here you will see our students harvesting vegetables that were planted in June. Students enjoy eating warm, boiled potatoes from the tuber garden, within the Colonial Vegetable Garden: