Welcome to Franklin Park School'sCommunity Garden CooperativeLook at what's growing...May 2016FPS Garden Clean Up PartySeptember 2012From Garden to Table. The produce from our FPS Garden is now being used in our cafeteria to make salads that will be served to the students at FPS. Green Peppers, carrots and tomatoes were used to create scrumptious salads each week! Take a look...June 2012Ms. Bunch & Ms. Maharajh's Kindergarten class planted cucumber, squash & bean plants. We also observed some worms in the soil from the composter. We harvested Chinese Cabbage & Bok Choy. We later wrote "How to" books to teach others how to observe worms, pick lettuce, compost and plant a seed!Observing the worms from the composter soil.Look how tall the chinese cabbage got!The After-Care Garden Club packaged our Chinese Cabbage & Bok Choy plants for families in the FPS Community to enjoy!May 2012Ms. Carmada shares her scrumptious recipes with the FPS community online! Just click the recipes link on the side bar. Come of FPS, we challenge you to add more great recipes to our garden collection.Ms. Sempervive & Ms. Carmada's third grade classes looking at a quail and having a planting lesson!Ms. Sue Kelly's Kindergarten classpicking lettuce for tasting!Kindergarten classes Ms. Sue Kelly, Ms. Carter. Ms. Kurre, Ms. Bunch/Maharajh, Ms. Cohen/Upadhyaya, Ms. Milano, Ms. Rizkalla and Ms. Allen's class studied the life cycle of Butterflies. We observed the growth of painted lady butterflies for four weeks and then released them into the garden outside.Egg-Caterpillars-Chrysalis-ButterflyOur After-Care Program forms a Garden Club for third & fourth grade students. They weed and water the school's growing plants. Thanks to Ms. Carol & Ms. Vivianna from the After-Care program and Ms. Lael, Ms. Sue Kelly, Ms. Maharajh and Ms. Diaforli for helping the third and fourth grade students.Ms. Zachert's first grade class & Ms. Rizkalla's kindergarten class sampled lettuce.April 2012Planting SunflowersMrs Anyanwu & Mrs.Earley's Pre-K ClassWe planted sun flowers for spring and the children have had a great time taking care of the garden daily and watching the flowers grow.Earth Day CompostingMs. Bunch & Ms. Maharajh's Kindergarten classOur Kindergarten class collected10 lbs of compostable waste from our snacks and lunches.We hope our fruit and vegetable peels will make rich soil forWe learned the steps for using a composter.our garden beds in May & June!Ms. Jhaveri's Kindergarten ESL ClassOn 4/27 we planted beans (seeds) in cups. We started a Plant Journal to record the plant growth and our activities. We read many books related to Plant Cycle, Plants in different habitats, Rainforest, etc. We learned new science vocabulary related to the topic and used some science words in our writing. The journal entries in the Plant Journals were students’ original writing that they did that after rich discussions. Students learned and sang a poem on plants and made a book. They learned the parts of a plant and used those words in their writing, eg. stem, leaves, etc. They also learned the sentence structure showing cause and effect, If...then…and used it in their writing to describe what plants need and what happens if they don’t get it. We also took a tour of our garden and checked out other plants, worms, etc.They enjoyed the whole experience and became so attached to their plants that they were not willing to replant their really big bean plants in our garden. Instead they wanted to take them home. So they took their plants home along with their journals and other work to share with their families. Some students informed me that they replanted their plants either in bigger planters or in the ground. It was indeed a great educational project that was fun and exciting. Thanks to Ms. Lael for providing seeds, soil and a tray. I hope to continue doing this fun project.Ms. Zachert's first grade class planted lettuce and beets!Ms. Anthal’s first grade class learned about Natural Resources! We explored the garden and talked about how all of the vegetables and plants that grow there are natural resources that we need to live.
During the month of April, we planted seeds for early spring planting. Previously, in our historical fiction reading unit we studied the lives of the pioneer times, where planting and harvesting food was essential for living throughout the winter months. We read historical fiction novels and learned about the type of crops pioneer people planted and harvested, as well the manual labor that went into these strenuous activities. We planted some seeds including: parsley, lettuce, cauliflower, spinach and cabbage. We observed the seeds as they began to sprout, transplanted them into peat pots and then passed them along to be planted into the garden where they can be picked and enjoyed by the school community.March 2012The Lorax - Dr. Seuss' BirthdayOur entire school made promises for the Earth which were written on "trufulla leaves" and placed around the hallways of FPS! How bright and beautiful our school looked!Ms. Carmada's Class Composting in honor of the Lorax!Ms. Rizkalla reading to K students during ourRead Across America festivities.We read the Lorax by Dr. Seuss to our classes.Ms. Allen's kindergarten classWe planted lettuce in the garden. The students learned how to care for the lettuce. We sprinkled vegetable growth and watered the lettuce. The students were able to pick the lettuce 3 times and taste the lettuce afterwards.February 2012Lamb Visit to the Kindergarten ClassesMs. Bunch holding the 6 day old lamb!December 2011 & January 2012Winter Nature WalksAnimal Hibernation & Migration LessonsMs. Sue Kelly's K class investigating the slugs!Look at the cauliflower and broccoli plants...Look at the big slugs we found in the garden during the winter months.Novem 2011Ms. Sue Kelly's K class harvesting a carrot!Pumpkin Investigations with Ms. Sue Kelly's Kindergarten & Ms. Laub's 4th grade buddiesThanksgiving Past & Present Comparisons!2011Kindergarten- Joanna Jenkins- Ms. Woodhead1st grade- Isabella Chee - Ms. Orsillo2nd grade- Ashka Jani - Ms. Velez3rd grade - Nibedita Ghosh - Ms. Bash4th grade - Simone Thompson - Ms. PilgrimHarvesting our Crops! Fall Leaves ProjectsMs. Mollinari & Ms. Tania Kelly's third grade classIn October, we carved pumpkins and talked about their growth cycle. We observed the vine plants growing in the garden.Making Apple Sauce & Johnny AppleseedMs. Bunch & Ms. Maharajh's Kindergarten ClassApple Tasting!Red and Yellow Delicious & Granny Smith Apple VarietiesSweet or Tart?Staff Professional Development2011-2012 School YearJune 2011