Friday, May 17, 2013
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Last week we were rewarded when there was an initial sighting of one monarch caterpillar.
We were ecstatic but within days, our sighting of one caterpillar was eclipsed by our sighting of dozens of monarch caterpillars- up to 25 in a single day!
So please enjoy some pictures from our monarch party in the Titan Garden. We feel honored to have assisted with such an amazing journey
Safe travels, little guys!
Our students are learning this week that they are all members of the same food chain. And they are also learning that the numbers of each of these animals that exist in nature is critical to the food chain not collapsing.
But why do we care about a food chain that doesn't involve us? Because every action that we take in nature, good and bad, can have consequences on animals that we have never even seen. And in the same way, actions taken on the other side of the world can have consequences on our very own food chain.
Our Titan Gardeners have been amazing this year and we are so proud of them for approaching each topic we discuss with such good thoughts. And we hope that our discussion of food chains encourages them to think beyond themselves when they take actions big and small that might affect other living things .
Friday, April 26, 2013
Today our assignment was to find different plant parts and rename them according to what their job is for the plant. We renamed roots to Sucker-Ground-Grabbers (Bridget).
Monday, April 15, 2013
There are bugs all around us, especially in the garden, but we often don’t see them because they are tiny and are masters of hiding. And there are around 5500 species of mammals discovered, there are 1,000,000 species of insects discovered. Check out the chart below.
Think about it, 1,000,000 species of insects and we estimate that we have only discovered 20%, which means there could be around 5,000,000 species of insects. And 600,000 species of arachnids (only 17% discovered) are estimated. Amazing and helps us put into perspective our place in the garden. We talk to the kids a lot about how they are just visitors in the garden and being respectful of those living things that make their home in the garden.
Well, we had a wonderful chance to get up close and personal with bugs a few weeks ago when Wizzie Brown, Texas A&M AgriLife entomologist, came to talk with the Titan garden classes.
Wizzie discussed and displayed many types of arhtropods including insects, and arachnids. We discussed what kinds of habitats they live in, why they might use venom and how they do the cool things they do (like walk up a wall of stand on the ceiling). The kids got to look up close at things they might never see again, like Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches (above) and Emperor Scorpions. They saw the molted skin of a Goliath Bid-Eating Tarantula and a lcal Texas Brown Tarantula. They also saw examples of two notorious local spiders, the Brown Recluse and the Black Widow, and we discussed how to identify these dangerous spiders and what to do if you see one.
Yes, some “ew”s and “gross” comments but the kids had wonderful questions about bug behavior. 1st grade and Kindergarten even got to try out walking like a bug which different students acting as the different body parts. Not an easy task!
Thanks to Wizzie Brown for visiting with our Titan Gardeners and broadening their horizons.
Friday, March 8, 2013
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
It is wonderful to think that the students themselves brought these beautiful flowers to our school, with their jumping and dancing and laughing as they spread the seeds out. The field which will be enjoyed by anyone who drives or walks by our garden for the next few months, The kids will run through it during their garden classes, seeing bees and butterflies having just as good a time. We will talk about native species, pollination, drought tolerance and more.