Our poem this week was about an imaginary planet "Sapphire" by Evie Sikkenga. It came from the anthology of poems, Planet Poems by the students of Elaine Neelands' class 2012. We started a new book this week: A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie "Peanut" Johnson by Michelle Y. Green. Mamie Johnson was a pitcher on a team on the Negro American League. She is one of 3 women who ever played at this level.
The children continue working on the seed project. This week, they removed tomato seeds from tomatoes for fermentation. (Thanks to Trader Joe for donating the tomatoes.) The fermenting process will take the protective gel off the seeds before they are dried. We will be comparing this technique to the tomato seeds we dried on paper towels. The class will be doing several experiments to test which conditions provide the best growing results for seeds they have saved.
Removing seeds for fermentation
|Eating left over tomatoes|
|Planting tomato seeds that|
were collected on paper towels
In Science with Shan the class started learning about different types of soils.
|Observing the ground and taking notes about|
what was found
The children enjoyed the spring weather making stick forts, "fishing" and playing soccer.