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Vegetables Fill Tamarac Tower Gardens

Vegetables Fill Tamarac Tower Gardens photo
First- and fifth-grade book buddies at Tamarac Elementary School recently utilized tower gardens to gain valuable insight into the importance of homegrown fruits and vegetables. 

The book buddies from Jennifer Crane’s first-grade class and Trisha Schneider’s fifth-grade class collaboratively studied the importance of a crop’s environment as they checked the acidity and water levels of the soil throughout the growth cycle. 

Within the self-watering tower garden, the students grew basil, Bibb lettuce, lavender, peppermint and romaine lettuce. Students tracked the success of the garden in a journal as they followed the progress of the individual crops. 

Concluding the horticulture lesson, the student buddies came together for a special feast where they enjoyed a harvest of their fresh, homegrown vegetables. 
 

Students Help Pen Pals Tour Tamarac

Students Help Pen Pals Tour Tamarac photo
Technology helped to connect classrooms when Tamarac Elementary School students created a virtual field trip for their pen pals at Dayton Elementary School in Manorville during an activity that utilized the DoInk app. 

Third-grade students in Gloria Monaco’s class used scripts written on Google Docs to explain specific destinations around the school building that they showed to their pen pal friends. With help from Technology Integration Specialist Claudia Camassa, students recorded their assigned sections in front of a green screen and then used the DoInk app to layer the video and images on top of one another. 

The integration of the DoInk app allowed students to incorporate written and hands-on lessons to connect with their pen pals in an exciting way. 

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