Archive for the ‘A.L.L. Pedagogy’ Category


Solar Cooking at OMI/Excelsior Branch Living Library & Think Park Teaches Students About Energy and Appropriate Technology

1-IMG_65506th Grade Science Students from James Denman Middle School learn about solar energy and solar cooking from new A.L.L. Teacher, Brennan Blazer Bird at the OMI/Excelsior Living Library & Think Park.  Students harvested tasty, fresh vegetables and flowers from the Living Library Gardens, and prepared Mexican-style Nachos that baked in the Solar Oven, while they learned more about science, energy concepts and appropriate technology.

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4-IMG_6558Students decorated their Nachos with edible flowers to create Food As Art !  They enjoyed all !!!





Bernal Heights Living Library Students Help Develop Living Library & Think Park Nature Walk In Holly Park

Students from the Bernal Heights Branch Living Library & Think Park  based at Junipero Serra Elementary School and Junipero Serra Child Development Center joined Life Frames, Inc., Bonnie Ora Sherk, and the SF Recreation & Park Department in Holly Park to plant California native understory plants at the Appleton Entrance and Entrance across from Junipero Serra Elementary School, as part of the Bernal Heights Living Library & Think Park Nature Walk.  The students learned a lot and created beautiful entrances to Holly Park, helping the Nature Walk grow ! 

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3-IMG_6248The Bernal Heights Living Library & Think Park Nature Walk is linking multiple schools, parks, public housing, streets and other open spaces leading to currently hidden Islais Creek at the south side of St. Mary's Park.  This Nature Walk is a prototype for what could be happening throughout the whole Islais Creek Watershed, the largest in San Francisco that links eleven neighborhoods in Southeast and Southwest San Francisco.  Already thousands of native trees and understory plants have been planted and the whole neighborhood is being improved by this new, narrative landscape.

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6-IMG_6258The students planted drought tolerant California Natives including:  Mimulus (Sticky Monkey), Romnya coulteri (Matilija Poppy), Penstemon, Douglas Iris, Yarrow, Aesclepius to attract Monarch Butterflys (native Milkweed), Lupin, Erigonum grand rubescens (Buckwheat), Ceanothus (California Lilac), Lavatera (Mallow),  and other colorful natives ! 

It really looks fantastic now !!!  Please come and see for yourself !

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9-IMG_6397Students learned how to plant from expert, John Miller, Park Supervisor from RPD, and about the Islais Creek Watershed, the largest in San Francisco, that interlinks eleven neighborhoods:  Noe Valley, Mission, Bernal Heights, Potrero Hill, Bayview, Portola, Crocker-Amazon, Excelsior, OMI, Sunnyside, Glen Park.

Design and Funding for the project, led by Bonnie Ora Sherk and Life Frames, Inc., which developed the Community Master Plan beginning in 2002, has come from Mayor's Office of Community Development, SF Foundation, California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection, and more recently from California Strategic Growth Council.

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Students Learn And Enjoy Their Chinatown Living Library & Think Park In The Spring !

1-IMG_6284Please enjoy the beautiful Living Library Gardens in the Chinatown Branch Living Library & Think Park in the heart of San Francisco's Chinatown at Gordon Lau Elementary School and Commodore Stockton Child Development Center A Living Library works with almost 500 students - PreK-5th Grade - per month year round at this Branch

Enjoy the beauty that the children help create and maintain while learning math, science, language arts, all the arts, history, health, nutrition, and youth leadership skills !!!

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4-IMG_6277Companion Planting with vegetables and flowers in the Chinatown Branch Living Library & Think Park !

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A.L.L. Green Futures Students Create Art from Nature

A.L.L. Student Stewards learn about the art of Andy Goldsworthy, who uses natural materials to create temporal works of art.  Students then move throughout the OMI/Excelsior Living Library Gardens and find materials to make their works of art.  See and enjoy their beautiful results !

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The middle school students enjoyed this experience and created beautiful works of art, some found in unlikely places !



A.L.L. Students Cook Foods of the Americas: Tortillas, Pupusas, Guacamole and More !

A.L.L. Students learn about nutrition and health for the soil, the plants, and people.  They also love and learn to cook delicious and nutritious food and learn new recipies ! Below is a beautiful cover made by a student for her A.L.L. Cookbook, and further below, are pictures of diverse multi-cultural lessons based on food, agriculture, and human culture.  Please enjoy as much as the participating middle-school and elementary schoolaged students did at the OMI/Excelsior Living Library & Think Park over the past few months ! IMG_2887 Making Tortillas:

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Harvesting Fresh Vegetbles and edible flowers from the A.L.L. Gardens to fill the tortillas !

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Making Pupusas:

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Filling Pupusas with healthy ingredients from the nearby Gardens !


A 7th Grade Social Studies Class from James Denman Middle School is learning about the Americas.  In their A.L.L. Class in the OMI/Excelsior Lower Garden, they learn about the contributions towards modern agriculture and foods that the native Aztec and Mayan Cultures made to modern life.  Then the students made Guacamole, Salsa, and Mexican Hot Chocolate.

Hmm; very delicious !!!  Everyone helped and enjoyed !!!

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Hands-on learning is fun and delicious !!!!  Talk, Think, & Do !  That is our motto in A Living Library !!!!

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