The buddy classes in first and fifth grade are a cheerful lot. Hauling the small rocks they painted up to the garden, someone started tapping a rhythm on their rocks, and pretty soon, they’d formed their own “rock band” to make the labor light. The buddies continued to create a butterfly garden this week, planting wildflower seeds in pots and planting pink and magenta verbena plants to attract more butterflies. They worked together to dig holes to plant the plants, learning how to use a shovel safely and effectively, how much room plants’ roots need, how to loosen their roots before planting. Everyone had a turn digging and planting. Then everyone place the rocks they painted around each plant. In fact, It seems to be working, as this week a new species of swallowtail butterfly found its way to the garden — an anise swallowtail.
Butterfly Garden Update — Mrs. Rothschild’s First Graders and Ms. Lim’s Fifth Grade Buddies October 2, 2008