Signs of spring: 3rd graders prepare for seed sale

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Third-graders packaging sunflower seeds for a sale in March.

Believe it or not, spring is coming. The robins and red-winged blackbirds are flying north — and Belvedere’s third-grade Waste Watchers have visions of garden greens dancing in their heads. They’ve been working hard for the last few weeks to prepare for Belvedere’s first-ever seed sale. When the third grade begins its economics unit in the next week or two, the full third grade will join the effort. The plan is for the sale, which will be open to the public, to take place the week before spring break.

The students will sell sunflower and milkweed seeds. They may also have seeds for coneflowers, black-eyed susans, and some vegetables. (More details to come!) Their profits will support the gardens.

During the third grade economics unit, the students will learn about natural, human and capital resources, opportunity costs, and job specialization. The third-grade Waste Watchers have already learned a little about specialization: They’ve been packaging the seeds in envelopes, but they had some help from the K/1 classes last fall to collect the seeds from our grounds.

When the students are packaging the seeds, there’s just the steady sound of young voices counting to 25, a rattle of seeds being poured into an envelope, and then counting again.

photo (7)Can’t wait for spring? Here’s a countdown clock to the first day of spring.

You can also track the spring 2015 migration of robins, red-winged blackbirds, hummingbirds, bald eagles, whales and other flora and fauna at Journey North. You can even add your own sightings to the maps!

Stay warm!

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