Valentine’s Day is next week! We’re looking forward to seeing how our creative SPARK kids will show their friends that they care about them in healthy ways. For ideas, see the photos from last year here.
Also, check out our Sugar Stacks lesson from Halloween to review what we learned about sugar to make informed choices this holiday season!
“Let’s slow down and eat together”
SPARK students are encouraged to join Slow Food Atlanta in their Slow Food at the Table Campaign during the month of February.
We’ve been learning about the values of Slow Food during health class. In celebration of the values of Slow Food, let’s join together to eat tasty, seasonal, local, fresh and wholesome meals this month. Enjoy taking time to slow down and eat a meal around a table with your family and be sure to snap a few photos of your event to share with Ms. Mobley and Slow Food Atlanta!
If you’d like to be entered to win Slow Food Atlanta’s Grand Prize, fill out this form and email firstname.lastname@example.org with your best photo(s) from the meal. The Grand Prize: Chefs and Slow Food Atlanta board members Steven Satterfield and Asha Gomez will host an intimate cooking demonstration and private dinner this Summer (dates TBD) at Third Space in Atlanta’s Fourth Ward. One lucky Slow Food at the Table host will get to bring one guest.
See the campaign video here.
Congrats to Nathan from Ms. Vitale’s class for being the first to turn in his photo!
Ms. Emerson’s first grade class had a great time bird watching this morning! Lesson plan coming soon!
The sunrise from the rooftop garden this morning.
Today, we had a productive work session on our comics for the Clean Air Campaign‘s Young Lungs at Work Art Competition. They are turning out great!
Students are creating a narrative story (based on a problem/solution model) with the primary purpose of informing the reader on the topic of air pollution. Their comics must show where pollution comes from (problem) and activities that promote clean air (solution).
We will have work sessions for the next two weeks during class time then if they are not complete, students may take their projects home on Friday, February 21st. All submissions must be returned to Ms. Mobley to be sent in on February 24th.
Check out some of our past projects with the Clean Air Campaign here.
At the Atlanta Local Food Initiative Fruit Tree, Vine, and Berry Bush Sale, we got four muscadine vines, two blueberry bushes, and a raspberry plant for our rooftop garden!
Ms. Emerson’s first graders soaking up the morning sun on the rooftop garden!
This week, we began our unit on soil. To introduce students to the topic, I created four learning centers for them to rotate through. An exploration center, where students collect soil from the garden, explore the soil using a magnifying glass, and record their findings in their journals. A writing center, where students write their thoughts on the difference in meaning between the words “soil” and “dirt” (as prompted by a provided quote). A reading center, where students choose a non-fiction book on the topic of soil and create a main idea and details graphic organizer showing what they learn. A math center, where students work with the teacher to create a pie graph showing the different components of soil and to proportions of each. You can download the full lesson plan here:
We were so thrilled to Erin Croom, the Farm to School Director from Georgia Organics, and Helen Dombalis, Policy and Strategic Partnerships Director from the National Farm to School Network, out to visit our garden! They observed Ms. English’s third grade class completing their integrated soil centers.
I’m hoping to stay connected to the National Farm to School Network by attending their Annual Conference: Powering Up in Austin, Texas in April!