4.7 Winterhaven School 5th Grade Student Web Page (June 1-4)


Can you drive next Tuesday?

Drivers wanted for Tuesday’s field trip to the Japanese Garden. Send me an e-mail ASAP if you can drive.  We will depart Winterhaven at 9:45 a.m..

31– Memorial Day- No School

1– Japanese Garden field trip*** 9:45-12:30
2– Move Up Day 2:00 p.m.
4– All library books due
7– Field of Fun (1:00-3:00)
10– Chautauqua in Auditorium 9-11:30
14– School Pic Nic
15– 5th Grade Celebration in Auditorium 9-11:30


Omnivore’s Dilemma (Young Readers Edition)
Systems Thinking Book Study
Part 2: The Industrial Organic Meal
10. Big Organic
11. More Big Organic
Part 3: The Local Sustainable Meal: Food from Grass
Polyface Farm & Grass
14-15. The Animals & The Slaughterhouse
16-17. The Market & The Grass-Fed Meal

Permaculture- Leaning a permanent system by observing nature and understanding interdependence.
Guild Elements and student groups

  • Human Use- edible fruit, nuts, foliage, medicinal herbs, fibers, oils/waxes, wood, etc.
  • Soil Health- cover crops, mulching, decomposers, aerators etc.
  • Insects- some plants can be hosts for beneficial insects such as pollinators. Others can repel harmful insects naturally.
  • Nitrogen/Carbon Cycle- it is important to have a good ration of carbon and nitrogen.  Some plants can increase the amount of nitrogen (fixers) and others help remove it from the soil (scavengers).
  • Water Cycle- certain plants help to retain water in the soil, prevent erosion or create a “micro-climate” to regulate the precipitation in a guild.
  • Detoxifiers- specific plants that purify the air and soil by sucking out harmful chemicals and heavy metals such as mushroom mycelia.
  • Wildlife- plants can create food and habitat for animals or can protect other plants from predators .

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