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As the Garden Grows: Our Founding Principal
However strong Becker’s community is today, this is not a new invention. I recently had the great joy of meeting Judy Taylor, Becker’s principal from 1983 to 1997. She told me about how she supported inspirational teachers and mentors, focused on helping children learn and thrive, and begat a legacy of inclusivity that continues today.
Leaves, Glorious Leaves
November in Central Texas, the most wonderful time of the year! The mornings are cool and the days are bright, spending hours outside without sweating, and maybe needing a light sweater at night, just perfect! One...
Leaf Chromatography 3rd-5th Grade
Tags: Class Ideas, Fall, Leaves, Outdoor, Indoor, Anytime Time : 45 mins Author: Vicki DeBusk Greeting and Review Meet in your regular spot. Review the basic needs of plants - air, water and sunlight Ask “What do you notice about all trees and plants? What do you...
Leaf Investigation Prek-1st Grade
Tags: Class Ideas, Fall, Leaves, Outdoor, Indoor, Pre-k, Kinder, 1st Grade, Anytime, Time : 45 mins Author: Vicki DeBusk Greeting and ReviewMeet in your regular spot. Ask “What do you notice about all trees and plants? What do you know about leaves? Today we...
As the Garden Grows: A Family Affair
Laurence Doxsey and Becker students measuring trees as a part of a tree survey they conducted together in Bouldin. Mr. Doxsey served as a mentor in the Green Classroom. You are part of a planet that is your one and only home shared by many forms of life. Seek to help...
Plant a Seed
Tags: seeds, Fall, Spring, any grade, planting, outside, inside Time : 45 mins Author: Vicki DeBusk Outline Greeting and ReviewGather students in their usual starting place. Ask, “Who can tell me how a plant starts?” “What do seeds need to grow?” (soil, water,...
Dia de los Muertos
When I think of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), my mind instantly takes me to the Disney cartoon, Coco. All the skeletons colorfully dressed and brought to life with dancing and song. For those who are not as familiar with this wonderful Mexican holiday,...
Dia de los Muertos: Marigold Flowers
Tags: Class Ideas, Fall, October, Dia de los Muertos, Outdoor, All-Grades, Halloween, marigolds, paper flowers, Hispanic Heritage Month Time : 50 mins Author: Vicki DeBusk Outline Greeting and Review Meet in your normal spot. Ask students - “Has anyone...
Becker Bee Buzz 10.15: Complexities of Bee Husbandry
In the last two months, I’ve noticed that the bees in the Freddy Mercury hive have become increasingly aggressive and defensive of their hive. The last two visits were particularly "hot". At first I thought that high humidity or heat was causing them to be ornery....
In this class, we bring the pumpkin into the lab. Measure, weight, count, eat and learn about pumpkins and more.
Introduction to Compost
This week's Virtual Green Classroom Lesson is all about compost. Compost can be used to help soil retain water and fertilize lawns and gardens without chemicals. It's nature's way of recycling natural materials. What is compost? Compost is GREEN organic matter such as...
Mapping: Two Lesson Plans To View Our World
Maps are invaluable tools that help us navigate our world, connect us with neighbors, link us to our past, situate our stories, and inspire us. Maps can be spatial, temporal, linear, and three dimensional. They can be based on memory, they can be impressions, or they can represent exact dimensions. Creating and sharing maps is as important as learning to read maps.
Pollinators and Pollinator Gardens
Pollinators need food, water and shelter. We can make our environment pollinator friendly by planting flowers in groups to keep pollinators safe, making sure there are sources of water, providing shelters like hives, and leaving areas of soil uncovered for ground nesting insects.
Becker Bee Buzz 9.24: Hive Tours
Becker bobcats have been visiting the bees for the past few weeks. Thank you donors for your generous support and helping out with the hive inspections. There has been a lot of activity over the summer. Bee robbing (by bees from other colonies) decimated the weaker...
Welcome to our virtual Green Classroom! We're missing your bright faces and helping hands this fall! But we are still here and we invite you to explore the programs we have available this year. This year the green classroom is going to be different than previous...
The Equinoxes, Vernal and Autumnal
The Fall Equinox is a time for harvesting as the summer crops slow down their production and cold weather veggies like Broccoli, kale and salad greens return from their summer slumber. Here in Texas it may still feel a bit warm until mid October so we often take time in September to clear our garden beds, amend the soil with compost, and start anew.
Introduction to Compost
What is compost? Compost is GREEN organic matter such as vegetable scraps mixed with BROWN matter like dried leaves. Microorganisms such as fungi and bacteria and other bugs like rolly pollies, and earthworms help decompose, or break down, the food and plants into healthy, nutrient-rich soil which is important for all gardens and the earth.
Composting is nature’s way of recycling. In nature, microorganisms such as bacteria and larger organisms such as earth worms and fungi digest and breakdown organic material such as leaves, dead plants, and animals. Composting is managing the decomposition process
As the Garden Grows: Green from the Start
In 1992 the Green Classroom was three years old and already brimming with ambition. Not only was gardening a favorite activity for Bobcats, but Carla Marshall was diligently teaching lessons about environmental sustainability relevant to their elementary curriculum....
As the Garden Grows: 31 Years of the Becker Green Classroom
To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.Audrey Hepburn Last fall when I attended the Becker Green Classroom orientation, I was planning to spend an hour each week outside with my daughter’s pre-K class - but only in a vague sense. It sounded lovely and interesting...
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- Bay Area Cooking Class Curriculum
- Cooking With Children
- The Cooking Room Curriculum
- Washington State – Let’s Cook! Class Curriculum
- Cooking With Kids – Exploring Healthy Foods – Kinder to First Grade
- Cooking With Kids – Exploring Healthy Foods – Second to Third Grade
- Cooking With Kids – Exploring Healthy Foods – Fourth to Sixth Grade
- Cooking With Kids – Dried Fruit Tasting – Fourth to Sixth Grade
- The Bee Cause – 6 Week Bee Unit! A digital series of comprehensive lesson plans and educator guides specifically built to explore the lives of bees..
Class Ideas Resouces
- KidsGardening – Wonderful resource for garden related classes.
- Perot Museum Programs
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