Today Ms. Farrell's class learned about some plants used by the Chumash and Tongva Indians who lived in our part of California. They smelled and touched black sage, white sage and cleveland sage which I had brought to school. Black sage was made into a tea and then rubbed on an area, e.g. a foot, to fight pain. White sage was dried, then wrapped in a small bundle, lit and then extinguished. It was used as a type of incense during a ceremony. Cleveland sage was dried and used as potpourri. (We also learned the meaning of incense and potpourri today). I explained that these plants are not edible. They are native plants to our part of California and are drought-tolerant, meaning that they don't need as much water as the vegetables that we are growing.
Some children planted seeds while others studied the worms in the worm bin.
The kids enjoyed their snack of broccoli and ranch dressing.