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Thursday
Jun302011

Science Theme: Fruit, Vegetable and Herb Garden

Shana McCarty-Ebler, UMA student from Colorado Springs, CO, shares with us her Original Science Project, which incorporates all areas of learning in the classroom.


"My science theme is a “Fruit and Vegetable Garden”.  I have attached a few photos of a “Vegetable Seed, 3-D, Three Part Card” work that I had made at the beginning of "the Original Project Section" and had chosen to save for use with a science curriculum. (See above and below - Matching Seeds to Vegetables)

 We will work together to plant a garden with vegetables and herbs and tend to some already established raspberry bushes and two apple trees.  We will have a composter outside that we will add to and tend to and turn over with lots of red-wiggler worms."

Fruit, Vegetable and Herb Garden

Practical Life

  • Till the garden and turn some compost into the soil throughout the plot
  • Plant the seeds for lettuce, spinach, carrots, cucumbers, zucchini and yellow squash, radishes, pole beans, sugar snap peas, corn, and pumpkins.  We will put in tomato and pepper plants that have already been started.  We will also put in plants for the herbs – parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, sweet basil and lemon basil.  We will start the chives from seeds
  • Watering and weeding the garden and the fruit bushes and trees will be part of our daily activities
  • Pouring popcorn, pouring beans
  • Transferring dried peas with tweezers
  • Seed sorting
  • Soil transfer from one terra-cotta pot to another with a small garden shovel
  • Water pouring with a small watering can and a bucket
  • Slicing and serving zucchini, celery, apples and pears – save scraps for the compost in a separate bucket
  • Peeling  carrots for the compost bucket – put all of the peelings into the compost bucket
  • Shredding newspaper by hand for the compost bucket
  • The compost bucket is an ongoing project that we will add to the composter barrel outside each day

Sensorial

  • Seed matching
  • Fruit and vegetable mystery bag
  • Tasting fruits and vegetables – may use a blindfold
  • Smelling and feeling herbs
  • Colored fruit and vegetable pictures for sorting into a color wheel

Language

  • Fruit, vegetable and herb – 3-part cards with their names and pictures
  • Seed - 3-D, 3-part card work (see attached picture)
  • Fruit and vegetable worksheets with dotted names for writing
  • Garden tool worksheet with dotted name for writing
  • Herb, vegetable and fruit booklets with dotted names for writing and pictures to color
  • Books to read at circle and to have out for reading – “And the Good Brown Earth” by Kathy Henderson; “Compost Stew – An A to Z Recipe for the Earth” by Mary McKenna Siddals; “Gardening with Kids” by Catherine Woran; “How Does Your Garden Grow? – Great Gardening for Green Fingered Kids” by Clive Nichols; “Grimy, Grubby Gardening – Kentucky Kids Dig It!” by Karen Angelucci

Math

  • Seed counters with # 1- 10 and large seeds like pumpkin or beans
  • Calendar recording for seedling growth – measuring with a ruler
  • Matching memory game with quantity fruit and vegetable pictures with written numbers
  • Old hose cut into gradation lengths similar to the red rods, but shorter
  • Seed gradation work with seeds from very tiny - big and fat

Science

  • Compost bin with red-wiggler worms
  • Helpful garden insects verses harmful ones
  • Bug boxes for studying different bugs found in the garden
  • Fruit and vegetable chart with nutritional qualities
  • Parts of the plant booklets
  • Books on how plants grow
  • Growing seasons for differing climates

Geography

  • Varying fruit, vegetable and herb plants found around the world in different regions and cultures
  • Differing gardening and growing practices from different parts of the world

Art

  • Picture collage with cut out pictures from gardening and cooking magazines using scissors and glue
  • Seed and glue collage with water color painting
  • Print paintings made with print blocks made out of potatoes and apples with acrylic paints
  • Make garden stepping stones with colorful tile pieces and plaster in pie tins
  • Make vegetable and herb marking stakes for the garden with laminated artwork with veggie and herb names and glued onto a large popsicle stick
  • Make Scarecrows for the garden
  • Make wind socks from fabric scraps, ribbons, string and cut rings from used plastic plant pots and sticks for stakes

Music

  • Make shaker instruments from small recycleables such as yogurt containers and toilet paper cardboard and seeds and beans
  • Make drums with various sized terra-cotta pots and sticks
  • Learn and sing songs like: Pete Seeger’s “Garden Song”; “Hot Corn, Cold Corn” from Jerry Garcia’s and David Grisman’s Not for Kids Only; and “Little Seed” from Woody Guthrie’s Grow Big Songs

Beautiful work, Shana. Thank you for sharing.

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