|Our school garden at Camden Rockport Elementary School|
1) Team up with the art teacher and create fun plant markers in Spanish. Easy to make, plant markers create a Spanish presence in the garden and reinforce the vocabulary every time it's visited.
*algo rojo y blanco
You can either have them draw and label what they see, or collect items in a paper bag to share back in the classroom. For older elementary students, you could make the scavenger hunt more challenging by embedding the clues as they go, rather than giving them the entire list to begin with. So, for example, each student gets an initial clue which leads them to a particular spot in the garden where they find the next clue, and so on. This requires a bit of preparation and coordination beforehand but is super fun!
3) Teaming up with the art teacher has so much potential! How about kiddos doing paintings of flowers in the garden and then labeling the colors in Spanish? Really cute and an easy activity to do with younger students whose vocabulary bank is still small.
4) Do an insect count! Teach your students the words for common garden insects such as 'mariposa', 'abeja', 'libélula', 'saltamontes', and 'mariquita', then head out to the garden with tally sheets. Set a timer for 5 minutes and have kids write tally marks next to each insect's name every time they see one. Back in the classroom graph the results and see who spotted the most of each insect. Great for number practice!
5) Plant a salsa garden! This is a wonderful way to incorporate culture into garden activities. Depending on where you live, you can grow most, if not all, of the ingredients needed to make traditional pico de gallo. The previous fall, make sure garlic is planted in the garden. Then, in the spring, kids can plant seeds for tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeños, and onions- get in contact with your garden coordinator- ours provides the seeds, soil, and seedling trays. If you don't have the room or time to doing the actual planting, ask the coordinator if they would be willing to include these seeds/seedlings in the garden plan. If the seeds are planted early, your students should be able to see the seeds sprout and begin to grow before school is out. In the fall, harvest the veggies and put together a yummy taste test for your students. Nothing beats fresh salsa! I do a whole theme around pico de gallo with my Fourth Graders and they love it! See my previous blog posts for the recipe and activities. And check out our printable minibook 'Olivia hace salsa' in our TpT store-it's a story and recipe in one!
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|Olivia hace salsa in our TpT store!|
|Mariposas Minibook & Activity Pack|
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