Science Day in the garden

Last Thursday was Science Day at our school during which students went from “station” to “station” spread across campus for science-based lessons.  For example, San Diego Country Office of Education brought their traveling Splash Lab (microscopes and chemistry experiments) and Green Machine (soils, integrated pest management, water cycle) programs.

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Almost every student passed through the garden for a 30-minute class.  In the morning, we had the younger classes combined by grade so I divided the children into groups with an adult (teacher, parent, and/or aid) and explained that they would go to 5 different stations for 5 minutes each.  Each station was set up with a clipboard of simple instructions and the necessary equipment.  I went from group to group to answer questions, point things out and re-set materials.

Station One:  Planting Peas

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Station Two:  Watering peas

Other classes had already planted peas in other beds.  At this station kids observed their growth and watered.

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Station Three:  Storytime

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Station Four:  Smelling herbs

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Station Five:  Looking for habitat elements

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Mrs. White demonstrating how our beautiful fountain turns on when she holds the panel to the sun.  A wonderful day for hands-on learning!

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