19 Sep

Every week, we are sending garden news straight to our River Place Elementary teachers to keep them updated on what is happening in the garden and possibilities for their classes to use the garden as a learning resource in their curriculum.  I’ll be posting these weekly newsletters here on the blog  as well.

Titan Garden News- September 12, 2011

Imagine taking your class out in a beautiful garden to read to them?  How about planning a science experiment or practicing math skills out in the fresh air?  Want your kids to fix a salad from vegetables they have grown?  All of these possibilities are reasons that many have worked hard over the past year to create the expanded Titan Gardens at River Place Elementary.  You might have already seen the new outdoor classroom which is at your disposal- soon you’ll see phase 2 and 3 of the expansion add an herb garden, vegetable gardens and a native plant area.  
I’ll be sending you weekly communication on the garden to let you know what is happening that might be of interest to you and your students, suggest garden activities, and let you know about upcoming events.  We created this garden for our RPE teachers and students, so while garden volunteers will be happy to help with creating or running activities for your classes, please feel free to use the garden anytime.  
Titan Garden Activity Ideas
  • Talk to students about recycling and let them explore the garden for ways items have been recycled for other uses (tree stumps for seating, ground up trees used for mulch covering, food barrels for rainwater harvesting)
  • Ask students to notice ways that the garden and environment have changed over the summer from our weather.  Let them predict how it might change as we get cooler temperatures in the fall.  How does our drought affect plants?
  •  Let students discuss how plants are the same and how they are different.  Think about growth, size, and what they need to live for different plants like trees, flowers and vines.
Upcoming Events:
  • Teacher tour of the garden –early October
  • RPE Garden Installation Saturdays- families and community welcome – October 15, 22
  • Class installation days and Annual Wildflower Stomp: week of October 24

Let knowledge grow in the Titan Garden!

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