Juice, Seeds, and Soil

This week our juice shop workers started their schedule. Everyday there are 2 designated juice makers and 2 designated dish washers.

Other students are welcome to help and they usually do. Students who are working in the shop are taking surveys to see Who Wants Juice? They’re recording the  information on white boards using tally marks and writing names. Once they know how many friends want juice they set off to make it.

Each day there are new challenges that students are facing fearlessly and worked together to find answers to. How do we cut the apple? How much juice do we need for everyone? How do we organize ourselves so that we arent confused? How do we communicate effectively? How do we include everyone, even those who don’t always talk to express their feelings?

Students organizing and recording who wants juice

Students organizing by using name cards and cups. Students brought re-usable cups from home to use.

Even though there are 2 “official” juice makers everyday, everyone likes to pitch in to do surveys and collect data about juice

While working with fruit students noticed that there are seeds in the apples! Some students were very excited at the idea of planting the seeds! As a whole class we got together and thought about “What Do We Need to Plant Our Apple Seeds?” With a great list that shows the knowledge KB students already have around growing plants we have started to inquire into one of the necessary things required for growth of plants- soil.

Students took to the back space to find “soil”. New vocabulary was introduced once students were finding different variations such as: dirt, gravel, mud, and sand. One student asked the question: How can we Make soil?

Together we used the interet to find an answer to that question. Although complicated, we found one answer that excited us all- WORMS. If you’re wondering why your hild may be asking to bring egg shells into class, composting is why. We watched a couple videos that taught us what we need to get started making rich soil for planting. Along with worms, paper, and cardboard, egg shells help get a compost started. Beginning a compost is just the very beginning of students understanding living vs. non living and how our actions impact the environment- a concept we will continue to explore all year.

Searching for soil

If we mix water and dirt will we get soil?

Students answers to “What do we need to plant our apple seeds?

Observing our future compost bin. Students began putting the peelings from the juice shop into the bin once they heard that worms will eat rotting things.

Here is a short conversation that took place between students surrounding the idea of worms helping us to make soil:

Evora: worms eat dirt, worms are our friend

Itamar: we need 100 worms!

Eddie: He’s alive!

Silje: Take water plants, worms like water then they come out

Sarah: Maybe they eat the bad thing, they poop out the soil

Elizabeth: why can worms only poop soil?

Itamar: Oh I get it, you put it inside and they eat it and poop it out.


Students Showed their concept of numbers in increasing fashion when asked the question “How Many Worms Do we Need” in order to make soil:

Sarina: 15   Evora: 20   Ramya: 10  Silje: 100   Eddie: 1 Million   Tomson: 100 million   Margaret: 100 + 100 million   Elizabeth: 7

Mia: 100,000   Kane: 100   Itamar: 1 Million   Sarah: 1,000


We hope to see you November 16th @ 12:00-12:30 not only for our publishing party, but so we can share the progression of our learning.



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