Digital Field Trips Fall 2020

Hello students and teachers!

We’re so glad you’re joining us for digital field trips. Read through each module and click on the links to learn with us.

Scroll down for previous weeks.

To access Spring 2020 Digital Field Trip content, click here.

We are also offering Family Field Trips onsite at Topaz Farm this fall! Click here for more information and to register.

If you or your teacher is interested in how our Digital Field Trips correlate with Oregon’s Next Generation Science Standards, you can check out our handy Module Descriptions and NGSS Correlations document.

 

Week 10

Soil & Compost

This week we’re sharing information on red wiggler worms, and instructions on how to make your very own worm bin compost system!

Start off with this presentation to learn all about red wigglers and worm bins.

Want to have your own worm bin at Home? Check out this How to Create Cheap DIY Worm Bins by Kids video link to learn more about making your own, or you can purchase a pre-made bin like Can-o-Worms or Worm Factory

And last, we have lots of great worm bin resources on our website:

Red Wiggler Worm Maintenance 101

Worms in My Classroom – lesson for students building a classroom worm bin

Seed to Harvest

Come join us as we explore the life cycle of a pepper plant from seed to plate in an urban garden setting.  We measure, count, record and problem solve in this 20 part miniature video series. Adaptable for all grades but really caters to 3rd-5th grade students. This is a continuation of our video series from spring digital field trips, check those videos out on our Youtube account.

Let’s get started:

Planting and Growing seeds:

Tending & Caring for plants:

Plant Growth and Reproduction:

After the Harvest:

Plant Parts

We’ve reached our final plant part – can you believe it?! We’re ending our exploration of parts of the plant by talking about seeds. As always, we’ll start with some warm-up questions. Imagine a common seed:

  • Where does it come from?
  • What is its function?
  • How is it spread?

Now check out our presentation on seeds for more information!

And last, we have some cool videos to share about how seeds travel:

PS: It’s not too late to participate in our My Food Comes from an Oregon Farm Activity. If you haven’t filled it out yet, you should!! It’s a cool exploration of plant parts grown in Oregon AND if you complete it we send you a prize!

Hemos llegado a nuestra última parte de la planta  – ¡¿Lo puedes creer?! Estamos terminando nuestra exploración de las partes de la planta hablando de las semillas. Como siempre, vamos a empezar con algunas preguntas de calentamiento. Imagina una semilla común:

  • ¿De donde viene?
  • ¿Cuales son sus funciones?
  • ¿Cómo se propaga?

¡Ahora consulte nuestra presentación sobre semillas para obtener más información!

Y finalmente, tenemos un par de videos buenísimos para compartir sobre cómo viajan las semillas:

PD: No es demasiado tarde para participar en nuestra Mi comida proviene de una actividad agrícola de Oregon. Si no lo has completado todavía, ¡deberías! Es una exploración interesante de las partes de la planta cultivadas en Oregon y si la completas ¡te enviamos un premio!

Seasonal Recipes

Winter Squash

  • Nutrition fact: Spaghetti squash contains B6, which helps your body take food and turn it into energy.
  • Growing Season: Warm Weather
  • Recipe

Calabaza de invierno

  • Informacion nutricional: La calabaza espagueti contiene B6, que ayuda a su cuerpo a tomar los alimentos y convertirlos en energía.
  • Temporada de crecimiento: climas caliente
  • Receta

Farm Update

For our last farm update this fall, we want to share with you the amazing transformation that our Grow Lunch Garden has undergone since we first started working on it this spring!

 

Week 9

Soil & Compost

It’s time to talk about the final component of soil – Organic Matter! There are many reasons why organic matter is such an important part of soil: it holds nutrients, increases nutrient exchange, retains moisture, increases water’s ability to move throughout the soil, and more.

Organic Matter consists of three primary parts:

  • Decomposing active organic matter
  • Stable organic matter (humus)
  • Small fresh plant residues and small living soil organisms

Check out our presentation about Organic Matter to learn even more!

Now it’s time for some activities! Check out our Organic Matter Activity Page for a fun game and some cool worksheets.

Seed to Harvest

Come join us as we explore the life cycle of a pepper plant from seed to plate in an urban garden setting.  We measure, count, record and problem solve in this 20 part miniature video series. Adaptable for all grades but really caters to 3rd-5th grade students. This is a continuation of our video series from spring digital field trips, check those videos out on our Youtube account.

Let’s get started:

Planting and Growing seeds:

Tending & Caring for plants:

Plant Growth and Reproduction:

Plant Parts

This week’s plant part is the fruit! Let’s start off our lesson by thinking about fruits:

  • What are examples of a fruit?
  • What are the functions of a fruit?
  • What is the common taste of a fruit?

After you’ve thought about all that, check out our presentation on fruits to learn more!

And now it’s time to get moving with a fun activity: Household Fruits Scavenger Hunt

PS: It’s not too late to participate in our My Food Comes from an Oregon Farm Activity. If you haven’t filled it out yet, you should!! It’s a cool exploration of plant parts grown in Oregon AND if you complete it we send you a prize!

¡La parte de la planta de esta semana es la fruta! Comencemos nuestra lección pensando en las frutas:

  • ¿Cuáles son ejemplos de una fruta?
  • ¿Cuáles son las funciones de una fruta?
  • ¿Cuál es el sabor común de una fruta?

Después de haber pensado en todo eso, ¡revisa la pensando en las frutas para aprender más!

Y ahora es tiempo de moverse con una actividad divertida: Una Búsqueda del Tesoro de Frutas de la Casa

PD: No es demasiado tarde para participar en nuestra Mi comida proviene de una actividad agrícola de Oregon. Si no lo has completado todavía, ¡deberías! Es una exploración interesante de las partes de la planta cultivadas en Oregon y si la completas ¡te enviamos un premio!

Seasonal Recipes

Cabbage

  • Nutrition fact: Cabbage is a type of cruciferous vegetable, which helps protect your brain.
  • Growing Season: Cool Weather
  • Recipe

Repollo

  • Informacion nutricional: El repollo es un tipo de verdura crucífera que ayuda a proteger su cerebro.
  • Temporada de crecimiento: climas fríos
  • Receta

Farm Update

We got to spend a beautiful cold but sunny day out on the farm this week – follow along with us for a tour of our fall cover crops!

Week 8

Soil & Compost

We’re continuing to explore the four components of WAMO – this week we’re looking at Minerals!

Check out this presentation to learn all about Minerals and the role they play in soil.

Fun Activities on Minerals:

  • Click this link it will take you to a fun coloring activity teaching you what minerals plants need to thrive.
  • Click this link to virtually grow your own corn crop with the NPK nutrients that we’ve learned about during this virtual field trip.

Have fun with these activities!  See you for the next installment of our soil and compost field trips that will cover the O in WAMO, organic matter.

Seed to Harvest

Come join us as we explore the life cycle of a pepper plant from seed to plate in an urban garden setting.  We measure, count, record and problem solve in this 20 part miniature video series. Adaptable for all grades but really caters to 3rd-5th grade students. This is a continuation of our video series from spring digital field trips, check those videos out on our Youtube account.

Let’s get started:

Planting and Growing seeds:

Tending & Caring for plants:

New! Plant Growth and Reproduction:

Plant Parts

This week’s plant part is the flower! To get us thinking about flowers, start off by imagining a flower:

  • What does it look like (colors, shape, size)?
  • What are its functions?
  • How about its smell?

Now it’s time to learn a little more about flowers. Take a few minutes to look through this presentation about the role that flowers play as a part of the plant.

If you want to keep learning about flowers, we have two more very cool things for you to check out:

¡La parte de la planta de esta semana es la flor! Para ponernos a pensar sobre las flores, empezar imaginando una flor.

  • ¿Cómo es? (los colores, la forma, el tamaño)
  • ¿Cuáles son sus funciones?
  • ¿A qué huele?

Ahora es el momento de aprender un poco más sobre las flores. Toma unos minutos para mirar por esta presentación sobre el rol que juega las flores en la parte de la planta.

Si quieres seguir aprender sobre las flores, tenemos dos cosas más para ti:

Seasonal Recipes

Kale

  • Nutrition fact: Kale is rich in fiber; which helps clean out your stomach.
  • Growing Season: Cool Weather
  • Recipe

Kale o Col Rizada

  • Informacion nutricional: La col rizada es rica en fibra; que ayuda a limpiar su estómago. 
  • Temporada de crecimiento: climas fríos
  • Receta

Farm Update

It’s that time again… this week’s farm update is about prepping the Grow Lunch Garden for winter!

Week 7

Soil & Compost

This week we continue our look into the different parts of WAMO by learning about Water!

First, check out this presentation about the role that water plays in soil.

Then, watch this video to see what happens when we add water to different types of soil.

Once you’ve learned about water in soil, think about these questions:

  • We’ve mentioned that soils that aren’t porous can hold too much water, which isn’t good…. Why is that?
  • Take a moment to think back to what we learned about air. Why can too much water be a bad thing?
  • If you’re having trouble remembering, take a look at the WAMO: Air slides again!

Seed to Harvest

Come join us as we explore the life cycle of a pepper plant from seed to plate in an urban garden setting.  We measure, count, record and problem solve in this 20 part miniature video series. Adaptable for all grades but really caters to 3rd-5th grade students. This is a continuation of our video series from spring digital field trips, check those videos out on our Youtube account.

Let’s get started:

Planting and Growing seeds:

Tending & Caring for plants:

New! Plant Growth and Reproduction:

Plant Parts

This week we’ll be talking about leaves! Can you observe the fallen leaves outside? Take a minute to think about:

  • Why do these leaves fall from the trees?
  • Why do they change colors?
  • Why are leaves so important to the plant?
  • How is the plant able to survive with the leaves falling during this season?

First, take a look at this presentation about leaves.

Then, once you’ve learned all about leaves, follow along with this activity to make your very own fall leaf collage!

¡Esta semana vamos a hablar sobre las hojas! Puedes observar las hojas caídas afuera? Toma un minuto para pensar en: 

  • ¿Por qué estas hojas caen de los árboles? 
  • ¿Por qué cambian de color?
  • ¿Por qué las hojas son tan importantes para la planta? 
  • ¿Cómo es la planta capaz de sobrevivir con las hojas cayendo durante esta estación?

Primero, echa un vistazo en esta presentación sobre hojas.

Después, cuando hayas aprendido sobre las hojas, ¡sigue a lo largo con esta actividad para hacer tu propio collage de hojas!

Seasonal Recipes

Potatoes

  • Nutrition fact: Potatoes are a good source of Potassium (K) which helps us grow
  • Growing Season: Cool Weather
  • Recipe

Papas

  • Informacion nutricional: Las patatas son una buena fuente de potasio (K) que nos ayuda a crecer 
  • Temporada de crecimiento: climas fríos
  • Receta

Farm Update

Learn along with our Portland State University Capstone students as we plant flower bulbs at Topaz Farm!

 

Week 6

Soil & Compost

Last week we talked about the four main parts of soil – remember them?? They are Water, Air, Minerals, and Organic Matter – or WAMO for short! Starting this week, we’re going to look at each one of those parts individually. This week we’re talking about Air!

  • Click here for our presentation all about the role that air plays in soil.
  • Once you’ve had a chance to read through the information, see if you can answer these questions:
    • Based on what you’ve learned so far about sand, silt, and clay soils…
      • Which type of soil would have the most air in it?
      • Which type of soil would have the least air in it?

Seed to Harvest

Come join us as we explore the life cycle of a pepper plant from seed to plate in an urban garden setting.  We measure, count, record and problem solve in this 20 part miniature video series. Adaptable for all grades but really caters to 3rd-5th grade students. This is a continuation of our video series from spring digital field trips, check those videos out on our Youtube account.

Let’s get started:

Planting and Growing seeds:

Tending & Caring for plants:

New! Plant Growth and Reproduction:

Plant Parts

This week we’re sharing a presentation, activity, and video all about one of our favorite plant parts: stems!

  • Click here to look through our presentation about how stems help plants grow and different stems that we like to eat.
  • Click here to do this week’s activity. In the activity we learn how water is transported through the stem using materials you already have at home.
  • Click here to watch a video reviewing everything we’ve talked about this week! (Video only available in English)
  • PS: It’s not too late to participate in our My Food Comes from an Oregon Farm Activity. If you haven’t filled it out yet, you should!! It’s a cool exploration of plant parts grown in Oregon AND if you complete it we send you a prize!

Esta semana estamos compartiendo una presentación, actividad, y video sobre una de nuestras partes de la planta favorita: ¡los tallos!

  • Clic aqui para mirar nuestra presentación sobre cómo los tallos ayudan a las plantas a crecer y los tallos diferentes que nos gusta comer.
  • Clic aqui para hacer la actividad de esta semana. En la actividad, aprendemos cómo el agua está transportando a través del tallo usando materiales ya tienes en casa.
  • PD: No es demasiado tarde para participar en nuestra Mi comida proviene de una actividad agrícola de OregonSi no lo has completado todavía, ¡deberías! Es una exploración interesante de las partes de la planta cultivadas en Oregon y si la completas ¡te enviamos un premio!

Seasonal Recipes

Pumpkin

  • Nutrition fact: Pumpkins are good for the heart because of the potassium and vitamin C they contain
  • Growing Season: Hot Weather
  • Recipe

Calabaza

  • Informacion nutricional: Las calabazas son buenas para el corazón por el potasio y la vitamina C que contienen
  • Temporada de crecimiento: climas caliente
  • Receta

Farm Update

Follow along with us as we transplant (and learn about) rhubarb!

Bonus Resources

This week we have some bonus resources to share. Check out this amazing page of lessons and education resources that our friends at Grow Portland have to offer. There’s pollinator trivia, nature-inspired crafts, garden activities and so much more!

 

Week 5

Soil & Compost

Did you know that soil is made up of 4 main parts? Do you remember what they are? Well here is a whole lot of information for you about what we at SIC like to call WAMO… that’s right W-A-M-O. (Water, Air, Minerals, & Organic Matter). Check out this awesome presentation to learn more!

Seed to Harvest

Come join us as we explore the life cycle of a pepper plant from seed to plate in an urban garden setting.  We measure, count, record and problem solve in this 20 part miniature video series. Adaptable for all grades but really caters to 3rd-5th grade students. This is a continuation of our video series from spring digital field trips, check those videos out on our Youtube account.

Let’s get started:

Planting and Growing seeds:

Tending & Caring for plants:

New! Plant Growth and Reproduction:

Plant Parts

Now that we have had some general review of the 6 Plant parts, let’s dive a little deeper and learn more about plant roots.

Ahora que hemos tenido algún repaso general de las seis partes de la planta, vamos a profundizar más y aprender más sobre las raíces de las plantas.

Seasonal Recipes

Collard Greens

  • Nutrition fact: Eating collard greens can lower blood cholesterol levels.
  • Growing Season: Cool Weather
  • Recipe

Hojas de berza

  • Informacion nutricional: Comer verduras con cuello puede reducir los niveles de colesterol en la sangre.
  • Temporada de crecimiento: climas fríos
  • Receta

Farm Update

In celebration of the fall season, we want to show you the giant pumpkins that we have growing in the Grow Lunch Garden! We think these awesome squash are super cool, and hope you do too!

Week 4

Soil & Compost

  • Every wonder what is happening below your feet when standing outside?  Check out this video on soil layers: Layers of Soil, and then answer the following questions:
    • Which layer is home to lots of minerals?
    • Which layer is very hard?
    • Which layer is made of leaves and other garden scraps?
    • Which layer has rocks with lots of cracks in them known as “parent rocks”?
    • Which layer is home to earthworms?

Seed to Harvest

Come join us as we explore the life cycle of a pepper plant from seed to plate in an urban garden setting.  We measure, count, record and problem solve in this 20 part miniature video series. Adaptable for all grades but really caters to 3rd-5th grade students. This is a continuation of our video series from spring digital field trips, check those videos out on our Youtube account.

Let’s get started:

Planting and Growing seeds:

Tending & Caring for plants:

New! Plant Growth and Reproduction:

Plant Parts

  • We’re going to continue to explore plant parts that you have in your kitchen. Last week we showed you this activity we have on our website: My Food Comes from an Oregon Farm Activity.  If you haven’t filled it out yet, you should!! It’s a cool exploration of plant parts grown in Oregon AND if you complete it we send you a prize!
    • If you need a little extra inspiration for finding plant parts in your kitchen, check out this scavenger hunt: Plant Parts in My Kitchen. It has examples of different types of plant parts you might have in your kitchen (even in unexpected places like your freezer or your cupboards), and spaces for you to fill in what you find! Once you fill out this scavenger hunt, you can check out this handy Grown in Oregon Map to figure out which plant parts in your kitchen were grown in Oregon.
  • Vamos a seguir explorando las partes de la planta que tienes en tu cocina. La semana pasada te mostramos esta actividad que tenemos en nuestro sitio web: Mi comida proviene de una actividad agrícola de Oregon. Si no lo has completado todavía, ¡deberías! Es una exploración interesante de las partes de la planta cultivadas en Oregon y si la completas ¡te enviamos un premio!
    • Si necesitas un poco de inspiración buscando las partes de la planta en tu cocina, mira esta búsqueda del tesoro: Partes de plantas en mi cocina. Tiene ejemplos de tipos diferentes de la planta que podrías tener en tu cocina (aún en lugares inesperados como tu congelador o tu alacena), y  espacios para que pongas lo que encuentres. Una vez que completes la búsqueda del tesoro, puedes comprobar con este Grown in Oregon Map para comprender que plantas en tu cocina fueron cosechadas en Oregon.

Seasonal Recipes

Bell Pepper

  • Nutrition fact: Bell Peppers have vitamin B6, which helps you store energy.
  • Growing Season: Hot Weather
  • Recipe

Los Pimientos

  • Informacion nutricional: Los pimientos tienen vitamina B6, que le ayuda a almacenar energía.
  • Temporada de crecimiento: climas caliente
  • Receta

Farm Update

  • This week we planted garlic in the Grow Lunch Garden, with the help of some Sauvie Island School 8th graders. Check out our video to follow along with the garlic planting process – maybe you can plant some at home!

Week 3

Soil & Compost

  • This week we have a self-guided activity for you: Move around your room, or area of study (camper, garden, closet, home, tent, etc.) and find 1 object around your dwelling that can fit in your palm. 
    • What color is the object?
    • How would you describe it?
    • What do you think it is made of? 
  • Do you think that your object will end up in the garbage someday?
  • Do you know what garbage is?  How about where it goes after it leaves you?
  • Want to learn more? Check out this video: Where does our garbage go? [4 part Composting with Worms series from Metro]
  • Independent Discovery Opportunity: “Worms Eat My Garbage”

Seed to Harvest

Come join us as we explore the life cycle of a pepper plant from seed to plate in an urban garden setting.  We measure, count, record and problem solve in this 20 part miniature video series. Adaptable for all grades but really caters 3-5 grade students. This is a continuation of our video series from spring digital field trips, check those videos out on our Youtube account.

Let’s get started:

Planting and Growing seeds:

Tending & Caring for plants:

Plant Parts

  • This week we have a cool activity for you that involves (drumroll please)…. A prize!!! We want you to search your kitchen for Oregon grown fruits and veggies, and tell us what you find.
  • Esta semana tenemos una actividad genial para ustedes que tiene (redoble por favor)…. Un premio!!! Queremos que busque en su cocina frutas y verduras cultivadas en Oregon, y contarnos lo que encuentra.

Seasonal Recipes

Basil

  • Nutrition fact: Basil is good for your bones and healing wounds.
  • Growing Season: Hot Weather
  • Recipe

Albahaca

Farm Update

  • This week we want to show you some of the beautiful flowers we have growing in the Grow Lunch Garden. Follow along with us – maybe you’ll be able to spot some of these same flowers in your neighborhood or in a garden nearby!

 

Week 2

Soil & Compost

  • Now that we know a bit more about decomposers, we want you to take some time to learn a bit more about dirt. Out on the farm we spend a lot of time working to make sure our soil is healthy.  What do you think is the difference between Dirt and Soil?
  • We found another amazing video that helps explain this all better than we can without you being here on the farm. Take a look: The Secret History of Dirt.  Oh, and this video is a little longer (10 minutes) so you might want to watch half now, and half a little later.

Seed to Harvest

  • Come join us as we explore the life cycle of a pepper plant from seed to plate in an urban garden setting.  We measure, count, record and problem solve in this 20 part miniature video series. Adaptable for all grades but really caters 3-5 grade students. This is a continuation of our video series from spring digital field trips, check those videos out on our Youtube account.
    • New video links coming soon!

Plant Parts

  • This week we have another interactive plant parts activity! We’re going to learn about the parts of the plant we can eat, and how we eat different plant parts depending on the plant. Click the link below to begin.
  • Esta semana tenemos otra actividad interactiva de las partes de la planta. Vamos a aprender sobre las partes de la planta que podemos comer, y cómo comemos las diferentes partes de la planta dependiendo de la planta. Haga clic en el enlace debajo para empezar.

Seasonal Recipes

Tomatoes

Tomates

Farm Update

  • This week we’re sharing a short video we made introducing you to our Grow Lunch Garden at Topaz Farm. We hope you think the GLG (Grow Lunch Garden) is as magical as we do… come check it out next time you’re on the island!

 

Week 1

Soil & Compost

  • Do you ever wonder what happens to your fruit and vegetable scraps that you compost or throw out after a meal? Have you ever heard of decomposition? Do you know that Soil is made up of 4 different parts?
  • In nature, plant and animal materials decompose as a part of a food web system.  When we live in cities or towns we can create our own systems through composting and vermiculture. When you compost you create your own system through adding plant materials together (compost: to put together), you also can turn your compost into food for red wiggler worms. We are delighted to share 10 soil and compost lessons with you.
  • For now, take a look at an introduction to Compost/Decomposers Crash Course to see what happens to our food waste.

Seed to Harvest

  • Come join us as we explore the life cycle of a pepper plant from seed to plate in an urban garden setting.  We measure, count, record and problem solve in this 20 part miniature video series. Adaptable for all grades but really caters 3-5 grade students. This is a continuation of our video series from spring digital field trips, check those videos out on our Youtube account.
  • Seed to Harvest Pepper Plant Series Introduction

Plant Parts

  • In this module we will talk about the different parts of the plant. To get started, we made a Plant Parts Intro Survey. Click this link to start learning and thinking about plant parts!
  • En este módulo vamos a hablar sobre las diferentes partes de la planta. Para empezar, hicimos una encuesta de introducción de las partes de la planta. ¡Haga clic en el enlace para empezar a aprender y pensar sobre las partes de la planta!

Seasonal Recipes

Farm Update

Pumpkins at Topaz Farm!

  • We are located on the beautiful Topaz Farm on Sauvie Island. Every week in this section we will share some updates about what’s going on at our site there.
  • It’s the start of the fall season at Topaz Farm right now, which is one of the most exciting times of year! They are offerings tons of family friendly fall activities, like pumpkin picking, a corn maze, hayrides, and so much more! Visit their website for more info on fall fun.
  • Activity: One of the coolest things about Topaz Farm is that they have animals… Spend some time with us and take a look at their Instagram and Facebook and see if you can find at least 5 types of animals on the farm. Bonus: can you find their names?