Growing Minds (and Plants!)

Creating a classroom garden

Weekly Update

Hello friends of fifth grade!


This week has been very full. Our fifth graders had a few tests, learned new content, and even started the choreography to our Oktoberfest song. So much is happening around here!


I am proud to say that they are taking it in stride. There are still some hiccups here and there, but every day we need less coaching for our regular routine. Our planners are starting to come together and be more organized, and we are starting to really have the hang of switching classes. I feel like a proud mama bear!


Up to this point, we have been working on mini-units of study in science. Now that we have gotten all of our introductory information, we are finally ready for our first in-depth unit. I am so excited! We will be covering States of Matter, so expect reports of lots of messy, gooey, and even slimy experiments.


For more details on the past week and upcoming events, read on!


Happy Friday,


Ms. Mata

Seeds of learning

I am a huge believer in experiential education and hands on learning. I believe students are able to grow as both learners and thinkers when they are able to work with their hands and get a little messy. As such, it should come as no surprise that I am a HUGE advocate of classroom gardens.


I have been given the green light to start several school wide gardening programs, and decided to kick them off with 5th grade. I had a permaculturalist come and speak with the class about sustainability, and then we learned to plant in recycled containers. The end result is pretty magical- check out the pictures!


To check out what we are up to on a daily basis, follow our class Instagram at @MsMataScience


To help our gardening program, see the "now collecting" section below.

Need Service Hours?

Great! I need help :)


We are collecting recycling (paper and bottles/cans/anything CRV) as a fundraiser for science camp and the school. We have a lot of trash bags full of water bottles already and are getting more everyday. We just need some volunteers to exchange these items for money at the recycling center.


Please email me if you are interested!

Now Collecting:

Every week I search for different materials to use in class projects. This week we are looking for donations of the following:


  • Paper Grocery Bags- VERY HIGH NEED
  • Legos- just loose pieces, not sets
  • Used Books!
  • Bottles, cans, and any recyclable with a CRV label
  • Box Tops- let's try and win it!
  • USED Gardening Tools- We need to start stocking up on supplies to be ready for our outdoor gardens. Please only donate USED garden supplies!
  • USED large kitchen spoons- also for the garden


If you have any of these items to spare, please send them to school with your child!

Upcoming Events

General Parent Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 27th, 6pm

18626 Clarkdale Avenue

Artesia, CA

This will be a very informative meeting- information on the upcoming year, fundraisers, financial obligations, science camp, and more will be given. I encourage you all to attend.

Plus, you can earn a service hour for coming!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.