Lessons at BA

Below are links to the lesson plans for the 2 Station BUGS model: one half hour science station and one half hour garden station. You will find copies of the same documents in the backpacks, but these links allow you to come to your lesson fully prepared.  If you need to print a copy you can, but there are multiple copies for you to use in the backpack, so consider saving a tree.  If any of these links do not work for you, please let us know by sending an email to brittanacresBUGS@gmail.com  

Lesson themes and links to classroom material
       Kinder         First Grade
 Second Grade
 Third Grade
Fourth Grade
 October  Schoolyard Snoop
Cricket Communication
Biodiversity Square Foot Gardening Compost and Carbon
 November  Six Plant Parts

 Birds: Songs and Beaks  Trees
Heredity
Water
 December Discovering Dirt
Bats: Night Senses
Bird BioBlitz

Ecosystems
Oaks and Redwoods
 January  Bird Homes and Treats
Scent Rocks Lab


Oaks and RedwoodsLeaf ID and Chromatography
 February  Trash and Recycling Bees Seeds Lab Water Cycle Seed Dissection
March The Sun Snakes Experimental Design Chickens and Eggs
Fibonacci Spirals in Nature
 April Ladybugs and Worms

Field Trip to Bayfront Park
Animal Communication Challenge Insect Biodiversity

Butterflies Photosynthesis
  May  Harvest, summer prep, celebrate! Harvest and Cooking;
Summer prep
  Harvest, Data Analysis  Harvest, summer prep, celebrate!  Harvest, summer prep, celebrate!


Planting / Garden work
   Kindergarten      First Grade
 Second Grade    
 Third Grade
 Fourth Grade
 October Beds: Plant for six edible plant parts
Safe tool use
Plant garlic, chives, and salad mix. Plant garden, snow, and snap peas. Presoak seeds. Set up supports.  Set up square foot gardening grids. Plant bok choy and radish seed tapes. Plant salad mix.
Sow carrots, radishes, Florence fennel, parsley, parsnips. Presoak seeds and mark rows well.
 November  Beds:
Weed, maintain.
Check compost
Plant patio planters with flowers and chives and weed upper beds.

Plant another round of peas for staggered harvest. Thin 1st plantings. Measure plants. Plant classroom patio boxes. Plant romanesco, cabbage, other brassicas. Protect with row covers. Thin bok choy and radishes. Apply balanced fertilizer. Plant classroom patios.
 December  Harvest salad mix. Add compost and weed. Measure plants and harvest before frost, if necessary. Thin 2nd plantings. Harvest salad mix and enjoy. Add patio plants. Thin seedlings and pull radishes. Harvest fennel if frost coming.
 January  Beds: Harvest?, Maintain, add plants to attract beneficial insects (e.g. ladybugs).  Check compost
Plant onion sets. Measure plants. Harvest 1st peas. Sow kale. Harvest bok choy and make a stir fry. Tend plants. Weed. Observe leaves and discuss how different plant families share leaf shapes.
 February  Maintain beds, Start seeds for spring. Replant patio w/ new flowers.  Compost.
Dig a trench and plant potatoes. Partially fill trench. Cut plants at base and show nitrogen-fixing root nodules. Start beans in classroom. Sow bok choy. Plant broccoli. Harvest carrots and parsnips. Roast vegetables.
 March  Beds - plant for harvest
Make garden quesadillas in the solar oven.
 Add more soil to potato trench. Plant tomatoes and protect them from cold.

Transplant beans to garden beds. Set up bean supports. Take initial measurements.  Tend plants. Harvest romanesco broccoli if ready.
Make garden veggie scrambled eggs.
Sow carrots and cilantro. Plant celery. Plant salad mix.
 April  Beds: 
Weed, feed, water
Dry out the onion and garlic lines. Cut any garlic flower stalks. Mound soil up around potatoes. Measure growth. See the effects of water and light on plant growth. Add fertilizer to 1 row. Tend plants. Harvest and eat as needed. Add patio plants and transplants to native garden. Thin carrots and cilantro. Cover carrot and parsnip shoulders. Plant patio boxes and transplant bunch grasses to native garden.
 May  Harvest and prep bed for next year's class (video)
  Harvest garlic and hang to dry. Dig up onions and potatoes. Make soup or a hash. Measure plants. Weed.   Harvest and clear beds. Sow cover crop seeds. Harvest and eat. Collect coriander seeds from cilantro plant. 
 June    Harvest red tomatoes and take down garlic. Make garlic bread. Clear beds for summer planting, except tomatoes. Take final measurements and compare data. Harvest beans and cook. Cut plants off at base, leaving roots in soil.  

Compost snoop: (if you have enough time)
There's an amazing array of fauna mixed in with that flora!  The decomposing organisms are hard at work and in a huge variety, from beetles to bacteria, flies to fungi.
Freshly loaded compost material is likely to be "cooking" - running hot while the decomposition process fires up.  Hot running bins will show less obvious signs of animal life.  And while they're running hot, it's best not to disturb them.  The "unloading" bins are all done with the high temp phase.  Have a prod and a poke and see what you turn up.  Dig deep. You'll be amazed, and so will the kids.

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