TCDS Victory Garden is Overflowing with Educational Lessons


The TCDS Victory Garden is overflowing with learning by students from all grade levels!

Ms. Skye’s kindergarten class planted tomato and bean seeds…

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While first graders from Ms. Ginny’s class made qualitative and quantitative observations of what was happening in the garden.

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Third graders planted cabbage plants as part of their cabbage project. Every third grade student received a plant and a tracking form to track the growth of their plant on a weekly basis at home. The cabbage plants were donated by “BONNIE PLANTS”, and enough were donated to start the third grade cabbage patch where students will continue to tend to and track the growth of the plants on a weekly basis. Each third grade class works in the garden as part of their science class on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 2:45-3:10p.m.

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The fourth grade students planted seeds in the “ABC and Shapes” garden. Students also worked on designing the plots for their “Three Sisters Method Planting” – an enrichment project for their Native American unit.

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In fifth grade, Ms. Annie’s class designed and developed a homemade, earth-friendly and cost-effective weed killer. Ingredients used were soap, salt and vinegar in different amounts, and students are tracking the results in an assigned zone of the garden. Ms. Annie’s class works in the garden every Friday from 9:15-10:00a.m.

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Another group of fifth graders – this time students from Ms. Nicole’s and Ms. Light’s classes – worked in the “Salsa” garden.

The fifth grade “Salsa” garden is growing tomatoes in hanging pots; rows of a variety of onions; jalapeños and cilantro.

In addition to tending to the garden, students are also responsible for making observations and recording the data in their garden journals. This involves using math and writing skills to explain the sketches they make of changes they observe in the plants from week to week.

Ms. Nicole’s class works in the garden on Fridays from 10:00-10:50a.m.  Ms. Light’s class works in the garden on Wednesdays from 9:30-10:00a.m.

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