Category Archives: Science

Three Sisters Garden

Today, I read the Native American  legend of the Three Sisters to our class because the Thorp Community Garden we have been building behind our school is based on it.  Here is the excerpt that I read them from Cornell University Garden Based Learning: The following story, entitled “The Three Sisters,” was recorded by Lois […]

By Jenna Richter | May 12, 2016 | Arts, Farming, Project Work, Science Read More

Magical Beans

Louie’s mom, Hanni, brought us a large cup of mystery beans she had shucked and saved a year or two ago.  We weren’t sure if anything would sprout but we decided to create an experiment about it.  I started by asking the students what different ways we have grown things this year that might work […]

By Jenna Richter | May 10, 2016 | Farming, Project Work, Science Read More

Thorp Mill Field Trip

  On Friday, we took a walk to the Thorp Mill.  Discovery Lab had visited the grounds earlier this year but this time we got to take a tour from the amazing docent Mary. First, she explained that the mill was one giant machine.  She asked the kids what they knew about machines.  Their knowledge […]

By Jenna Richter | May 9, 2016 | Engineering, Science Read More

Farm Day-Building a Loom and Transplanting Pumpkins

Another lovely Spring day spent at Green Bow Farm.  On today’s list, build a living farm loom for a farm weaving project, transplant pumpkins, see how the onions we started last time have grown and meet some turkey chicks. In preparation for our farm loom project, we worked on mastering some weaving skills.  We started […]

By Jenna Richter | April 29, 2016 | Farming, Project Work, Science, Sustainablility Read More

Salmon Days

Today we went on a field trip to Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group site at Diamond H Ranch.  They had us work in small groups at five stations, habitat, water quality, salmon migration, tree planting and salmon life cycle. Our group started at the Habitat Station.  We first discussed the differences between the two habitats: pond […]

By Jenna Richter | April 20, 2016 | Science, Sustainablility Read More

Sink or Float

Today, in small group time, I had the students make and test predictions about sinking and floating and then classify objects according to whether they sink or float. I asked the students to each choose two objects from our studio area that were smaller than the palm of their hand and wouldn’t be ruined by […]

By Jenna Richter | April 6, 2016 | Science Read More

Kites-Lift, Drag and Gravity

When Spring brings wind to Thorp, it’s time to learn about kite building.  Monday brought a perfectly sunny and windy day so I set out various types of papers, plastics and foam as well as straws and strings.   Students set to work creating kites then tested them by running with them back in forth […]

By Jenna Richter | April 6, 2016 | Engineering, Science Read More

Where there is Dirt, We Will Grow

If it was up to the Discovery Lab, our school grounds would be covered in crops and flowers.   Besides helping with the Three Sisters Project in the Thorp Community Garden behind school, Hanni got permission for us to take over some neglected planters by the entrance.  Today we cleared debris, planted starts and a […]

By Jenna Richter | March 31, 2016 | Farming, Science, Sustainablility Read More

Green Bow Farm-Fermentation and Seeding Onions

During our latest trip to Green Bow Farm, we learned about Food Sovereignty.  Food Sovereignty is defined as, “is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems.”  Farmer Christina explained how being able to preserve […]

By Jenna Richter | March 15, 2016 | Farming, Science, Sustainablility Read More

Joining the Thorp Community Garden

We have been invited to join into the Thorp Community Garden.  Last year, Thorp Schools added raised beds and a worm bin to the back of the school.  This year, parent Marion, has decided to undertake the task of adding a Three Sisters Garden.  In order to do so, there are some things that need […]

By Jenna Richter | March 15, 2016 | Farming, Project Work, Science Read More
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