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Life Lab cultivates children's love of learning, healthy food, and nature through garden-based education.

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Descubra la composición de un suelo que recolecta, agitándolo en un frasco con agua y viendo cómo se asientan las capas de partículas del suelo. Edad 5+; 10 minutos, luego 24 horas de espera, luego 10-15 minutos.

¿El suelo cerca de su casa es un suelo arcilloso? ¿O un suelo arenoso? ¿O una marga equilibrada, codiciada por cualquier jardinero? El suelo está formado por partículas de roca de diferentes tamaños. Las partículas más pequeñas son arcilla, el limo de tamaño medio y las partículas más grandes son arena. La proporción de cada una de estas categorías de partículas afecta cómo se siente, se ve, actúa el suelo cuando está húmedo y qué tan bien crecen las plantas en él. Por ejemplo, el suelo con una alta proporción de arcilla es difícil de excavar y el suelo con una alta proporción de arena tiende a secarse rápidamente. El suelo de jardín más ideal, el franco, tiene aproximadamente un 40% de arena, un 40% de limo y un 20% de arcilla. Conocer la composición de su suelo puede ayudarlo a descubrir cómo mejorarlo (por ejemplo, agregar abundante abono mejora el suelo arenoso o arcilloso).

 

Para esta actividad, necesitará un frasco alto (como un frasco de albañil de un cuarto de galón, un frasco de pepinillos o incluso una botella de agua transparente), una paleta y un embudo (o una hoja de papel enrollada en forma de embudo) si jar tiene una boca estrecha. Puede ser preferible un frasco de plástico o una botella de agua si trabaja con niños pequeños, ya que ellos agitarán el frasco y tal vez lo dejen caer. Ayude a los niños a llenar el frasco ⅔ con agua. Luego, lleve el frasco, la paleta y el embudo, si es necesario, al lugar más cercano con tierra expuesta donde pueda tomar una muestra. Deje que los niños se turnen para recoger la tierra y agregarla al frasco hasta que esté casi lleno. Tape el frasco y deje que los niños se turnen para agitarlo hasta que estén satisfechos de que está completamente agitado (¡no estará de más agitarlo más, por suerte!). Luego, busque un lugar para colocar el frasco donde todos puedan verlo y no tocarlo durante 24 horas. Pregúnteles a los niños qué notan sobre lo que hay en el frasco. Cómo se ve? ¿Qué ven que está sucediendo? (Las partículas más grandes se asentarán de inmediato, pero las más pequeñas pueden tardar horas). Regrese 24 horas después para ver la tierra completamente en capas en el frasco. Las capas pueden ser de diferentes colores o todas del mismo color; sabrá la diferencia entre las capas por el tamaño de las partículas que ve. La capa inferior con apariencia granulada es la arena; la capa intermedia es limo; y la capa superior de partículas finas es arcilla. Es posible que vea materia orgánica (como trozos de hojas) en capas encima o flotando. Puede hacer que los niños dibujen las capas y / o las comparen con un gráfico como esta.

Si lo desea, puede profundizar en cómo mejorar su tipo particular de suelo con una búsqueda en Internet; y sus hijos podrían ser parte de la puesta en práctica de su plan.

Además, si sus hijos están interesados, podrían recolectar otra muestra de suelo de un entorno diferente, hacer otro “batido” de suelo y comparar los resultados.

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Thank you all that joined us for our Spring Benefit💚 Our esteemed guest speakers Dr Dilafruz Williams and Paco Estrada shared moving testimony to the proven impacts of school garden education. We are thankful to have the opportunity to inspire children’s love of learning, healthy food, and nature through garden based education. We are thankful for our local and national communities. We are thankful for each and every one of you! #supportschoolgardens #thewholechild #bettertogether #lifelab #interconnected #healthyfood #nature #loveoflearning #donate

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Celebrating last day of National Poetry Month and National Garden Month with "I Am A Farmer" from A Moose Boosh: A Few Choice Words About Food by Shabazz Larkin. bit.ly/3cKEucz• "Readers and eaters are taken on a comical romp through the world of food using poetry and a visual feast of photographs enhanced with playful doodles."— American Library Association Notable Children’s Book• "Varied in style and tone —much like food itself—the witty, quirky poems take on many different topics . . . This is a charming and original book that should start some quality conversation about food."—School Library Journal..#NationalGardenMonth #NationalPoetryMonth #FoodPoetry #FoodPoem #IAmAFarmer #Farming #UrbanFarmer #YoungFarmer #FoodLiteracy #FoodEducation #FarmToSchool #AgClassroom #AgLiteracy #AITC #DiverseBooks National Agriculture in the ClassroomAmerican Farm Bureau Foundation for AgricultureNational Farm to School NetworkFoodCorps Pilot Light Common Threads Big Green Harlem Grown Green Bronx Machine DC Grown The Food Trust Detroit Hives Ron Finley Brown Bookshelf The Family Dinner Project Whole Kids Foundation The Bee Cause Project Life LabClemson Extension School & Community GardeningThe Edible Schoolyard Project Edible Schoolyard NYC Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy

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Join me tomorrow for an inspiring celebration of the beautiful impacts and interconnections cultivated through school gardens. This one hour zoom fundraiser begins at 11🌱Please give as you can. #supportschoolgardens #schoolgardeneducation #LifeLab Life Lab 🌻 register at www.LifeLab.org/spring-benefit

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🌸 Growing Gardens of Hope! 🌸We are so excited for Life Lab’s Spring Benefit Brunch this Saturday at 11am! We are delighted to share our guest speakers: Dilafruz Williams and Francisco “Paco” Estrada, who will speak on the interconnected relationships cultivated through school garden education and the healing, inspirational impact on students, families, and our broader community.Dr. Dilafruz Williams is Professor and co-founder of Leadership for Sustainability Education. Dilafruz’s recent research has focused extensively on garden-based education – its conceptualization and effectiveness in engagement of children and youth that enhances their holistic and academic learning. She directs the NSF-funded project: Science in the Learning Gardens. She has studied school gardens across 12 states in the USA and in many countries across continents. Dilafruz’s passion for gardens is evident in her own delight and engagement with soil and life in its multitude of manifestations of wonders and mystery. 🌱 Register today! 🌱lifelab.org/spring-benefit/

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The Life Lab Spring Benefit Brunch Menu is available now! 🌻 Choose from selected items provided by our generous community partners @charlie_hong_kong @newleafcmarket @companionbakeshop @steamerlanesupply 🌱Limited inventory available! Purchase at LifeLab.org/spring-benefit/#menu

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Happy Earth Day, National Environmental Education Week and National Garden Month!Good read for young environmentalists & gardeners: Zora’s Zucchini and the Spanish edition, LAS CALABACITAS DE ZORA. bit.ly/3eCjEOh"We’ll never make headway with the pressing environmental issues of our time—such as climate change, community-building and food waste—without brilliant, fun little books like Zora’s Zucchini."—EcoConsumer • See author Katherine Pryor read the book with conversation starter on food waste. bit.ly/3eRGH7m• Check out Pilot Light‘s new lesson plan for the book, with theme on "Sharing Food with Our Community" for Early Childhood and K – 2 English Language Arts. bit.ly/3gtKRG8• Hear LAS CALABACITAS DE ZORA, new in audiobook from Live Oak Media. bit.ly/32Hc9k5..#EarthDay #NationalEnvironmentalEducationWeek #NationalGardenMonth #ClimateActionMonth #EnvironmentalEducation #GardenEducation #KidsGardening #ClimateAction #FoodShare #FoodWaste #FoodLiteracy #FoodEducation #EarlyChildhood #LanguageArts #FarmToSchool #SchoolGarden #AgClassroom #AgLiteracy #AITC #WIC #SNAPEdJunior Master Gardener Program The American Horticultural Society Life Lab FoodCorps KidsGardening.org The Edible Schoolyard Project Whole Kids Foundation Chef Ann FoundationNational WIC Association California WIC Association

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Life Lab provides truly inspiring training. Their breadth of experience, joy for teaching, and commitment to sharing knowledge highlight the best practices in food and garden education.
Erica CurryTraining and Professional Development ManagerFoodCorps
Thank you for such a wonderful field trip experience! Your leaders did such a great job at keeping our kids engaged.
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Terry had another awesome two weeks at Life Lab. I think he learns more there than in any other part of his year. School is great, but he’s passionate (and often dogmatic) about what he learns there.
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