So today I set up this light system and showed it to my students when they walked in the door. "What do you think that this is?" I asked them. Then I had them write down their responses in their journals. You never know what first graders are going to say, and somehow a lot of my kids decided that we were going to keep a guinea pig underneath the light.
Later, I had to break the news to them that we were not going to have a guinea pig (sad faces), but we would have a new place to grow plants indoors (happy faces). We had a great time prepping the growing medium and planting the seeds. We have 18 different plants that we will be growing, from Easter Egg radishes to Chinese cabbage. After the seedlings germinate and outgrow their plugs, we will take them to the greenhouse to "harden off." Finally, we will transplant them into our garden planter box and eat some tasty veggies when it's all said and done. It should be a fun winter and fall! Maybe we will get a guinea pig in the spring