Fieldwork Coordinator Update – Nov 2020


Fieldwork Coordinator Update – Nov 2020

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Nov 2020


Homes, Backyards, Neighborhoods, Luscher Farm in Lake Oswego


1st/2nd Grade Plant Study


The days are getting shorter and colder, but the plant study for our 1st and 2nd grade students is still going strong! This fall they have been learning about all things plants: how they work, their parts, the gifts they give us, and all the ways we can help care for them. At home, students are sprouting herbs and watching roots, stem, and leaves slowly emerge from a bean seed that germinated in their window. In art, students are creating above-and-below ground veggie paintings, and in literacy, many read-aloud books further student understanding of plant biology and cultural connection. Children are becoming well-versed in the lingo of botanists, learning such terms as photosynthesis and gravitropism. Students searched for seeds in their neighborhoods and several families were able to take advantage of the optional field trips suggested by teachers, such as to local farmer’s markets or Luscher Farm in Lake Oswego. The classes are especially looking forward to the upcoming visit from Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer- a plant scientist! Thank you teachers and families for supporting this fun and essential place-based learning.



Sarah K. Anderson, Fieldwork Coordinator, The Cottonwood School of Civics and Science

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