The Lower School Garden has produced lettuce and arugula that are ready to be cut for salad, and the students harvested their first radish.
Students identified the intriguing pink fungus that we saw on a log on our forest walks. Lennon Kuehl ’23 (above) searched through our field guides until he found a match. The fungus is called Wolf's Milk Slime.
Fourth and fifth grade science students, working with Betsy Cook, finished their "personal greenhouse" project, with completely different results than predicted. Each student placed a dried Lima bean on a moist paper towel, sealed it in a ziploc bag, and taped it to a sunny window. The students expected to watch the stages of germination which are normally hidden in the soil-- emergence of the first roots and stems.
Instead, we got mushy beans, and paper towels dotted with pink, grey, and black mold. The unexpected result actually provided a great opportunity to hypothesize about why this happened. Not enough sunlight at this time of year? Should they have put the beans facing the windows instead of facing the classroom? Sometimes "failures" provide their own learning opportunities!
The Crossties Blog provides timely updates about activities from the campus of North Cross School.