Garden Update: March 25

Photos by Grace (3rd grade)

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Sorting Seeds (Kindergarten Math Lesson)

This lesson is an extension of our seeds unit and gives Kindergarten students the opportunity to sort seeds by color, shape, and size. The activity was inspired by Sarah Dasher’s lessons with the Captain Planet Foundation. It addresses the following standards:

Measurement and Data

  • Describe and compare measurable attributes.
    • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.MD.A.1. Describe measurable attributes of objects.
    • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.MD.A.2. Directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common and describe the difference.
  • Classify objects and count the number of objects in each category.
    • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.MD.B.3. Classify objects into given categories, count the number of objects in each category and sort the categories by count.

Here is a photo of my 5th grade Green Team members trying out the lesson before teaching the kindergarteners:

To see the resource I created for the lesson, click the image below:

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Garden Update: March 24

All photos taken by Sarah – 4th grade Green Team member

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Atlanta Science Festival

The Atlanta Science Festival is going on now with the Expo at Centennial Olympic Park this weekend! See more information here:

Recommended Events:

  • Farm Scavenger Hunt at Love is Love Farm! – Love is Love Farm is one of our vendors at our local farmers markets – see photos of our SPARK kids at local farmers markets here.
  • The Buzz on Bees – SPARK students have become beekeepers for the first time this year. See more about our beekeeping program here.
  • The Songs of Birds and Frogs – SPARK kindergarteners will be completing a unit of study on birds this spring with the Atlanta Audubon Society thanks to a grant written by a SPARK 4th grade Green Team member (Parker Pape). See more here.
  • Hands-on Science: Recycling! – SPARK students have worked extensively on our recycling programs at SPARK. See more about our Environmental Science programming hereScreen Shot 2015-03-24 at 12.20.03 PM
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Decatur Farm to School Meeting

Decatur Farm to School meeting last night at one of the most beautiful little corners of Decatur – the Wylde Center, Oakhurst Garden. 

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Get Outside this Spring!

Inspired by a recent Access Atlanta article, I decided to put together my own local to do list for spring featuring some of our partner organizations! Visit the Atlanta Botanical Gardens See over 300,000 blooms during the Atlanta Blooms event! We’ve enjoyed field trips at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens for many years. Atlanta_Botanical_Garden_logo Arboretum Walking Tour with Trees Atlanta Along the Atlanta Beltline Every Friday and Saturday, Trees Atlanta offers walking tours of the Eastside Trail introducing you to the tree species planted along the path. Our third graders have been so fortunate to be a part of Trees Atlanta’s Outreach and Education programming over the years. See some photos of their work with SPARK third graders here: 6glw_trees_atlanta_logo Bird Walk with the Atlanta Audubon Society  Learn about birdwatching and the importance of land conservation from an Atlanta Audubon Society member at Fort Yargo State Park. We are excited to begin our work with the Atlanta Audubon Society this spring, since Parker Pape (4th grader) received a CINS grant for classes with the Audubon Society for our kindergarteners. See more here: 43GGfJb4_400x400 Visit Your Local Farmers Market Spring produce is on it’s way! Visit your local farmers market for fresh, local, nutritious food direct from the farmers.

Ms. Mobley managed the Decatur Farmers Market on Wednesdays. Come see her there! Screen Shot 2015-03-06 at 1.21.33 PMDecaturScreen Shot 2015-03-06 at 1.22.38 PM Back to Your Roots Farm Fair at Chattahoochee Nature Center – Saturday, April 4 Learn about composting, natural dyes, and farm animals while listening to live tunes and trying some old-fashioned outdoor games. We’ve enjoyed many field trips to the Chattahoochee Nature Center over the years. See photos here: chattlogo Earth Day Celebration at the Wylde Center – Sunday, April 19 Celebrate Earth Day (April 22) at the Wylde Center with gnome-themed festivities including a costume parade, bike tour, live music and yoga. Ms. Mobley now serves on the Wylde Center Board. See more here: wylde-logo1-300x188 And of course, if you get the opportunity to participate in any of these local event, submit photos to Ms. Mobley at to be featured on our website. See past Home-School Connections here:

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Home-School Connection: Farmers Markets

In our neighborhood, we currently have four farmers markets open for the spring.

Ms. Mobley manages the Decatur Farmers Market on Wednesdays. Come see her there!

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Mia and Nadia visited the Morningside Farmers Market this weekend!

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Brynn and Johnny picked of tons of great food at the Freedom Farmers Market!
Anna and Emma went to opening day of the Piedmont Park Green Market!

So did Anna!



And Richard and Annabelle too!


Brynn, Johnny, and Madeline visited a farm stand on their way down to Tybee Island for Mid-Winter Break! 2015/02/img_6644.jpg


You can find local markets anywhere!

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Our Peach Tree is Blooming!

Our first spring with our new peach tree!

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Home-School Connection: Peach Trees!

I sent the kids out on a scavenger hunt around the city to find the peach trees that so many of our streets our named after in Atlanta!

Jack has a peach tree growing in his yard!


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Home-School Connection: Grow Your Own!

Isabel is growing chia seeds at home (and in a reusable container)! I just eat them in my smoothies :) photo-4

Annabelle has olive trees, tangerine trees, and rosemary growing at home!

Zoe and Reed are playing with Zoe’s fairy garden!



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