Sixth Grade Gardening

From Ms Gipson:

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In the Neolithic Age savage warfare did I wage
For food and fame and woolly horses’ pelt;
i was singer to my clan in that dim, red Dawn of Man,
And sang of all we fought and feared and felt.

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The 6th grade students are studying how nomadic civilizations of the Neolithic Age began to settle in one place. The children did this by exploring the sequence of events that had to happen for this culture to stabilize in a permanent location.

Students learned that one of the first things that had to occur was, people needed to learn to grow their own food. This meant they had to notice that seeds become plants and those same seeds could be harvested and planted. Then these peoples had to learn to till the earth. Inner city children know very little about gardening, working in the earth to prepare it for planting.

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In an effort to help them experience some simile of what these ancient peoples learned, the 6th graders had the opportunity to till the earth this week in the garden. These photos show how hard they discovered working in a garden is/was.

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