Thursday, May 1, 2014

How does your bitter panicum grow?


Annually, the 6th graders at my school plant bitter panicum (coastal grasses) on the beach at Grand Isle, Louisiana’s only inhabited barrier island.


As a first line of defense, it is important that our barrier islands remain intact to protect Southern Louisiana from the effects of storms and hurricanes.


The 6th graders planted the cuttings in our garden last Fall and have fertilized and watered them all year. We have over 500 cells in our garden. Next week, the 6th graders will spend Wednesday morning planting the new plants at the Grand Isle State Park.




In conjunction with the L.S.U. Agriculture Center, the Coastal Roots Program is a great model for coastline activism around the globe.


We are happy to do our part to help our vanishing coast.

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Bitter Panicum, y’all!


  1. I know your students are looking forward to the trip to Grand Isle next week. Of course, you have a "vested interest" in preserving the coastline of Grand Isle! Have a great day! xoxo

  2. I love hands-on activities like this. Did you see my story about the middle school math scavenger hunt? You are a clever teacher!

  3. That is so wonderful that your students get to participate in replenishing the plants and nourishing the coastline. You are doing a good job there, my friend- xo Diana

  4. What a fantastic program! Love that they are getting to see the fruits of their labor. And, sounds like they will have a fun day to celebrate as well.

  5. This is an outstanding project! All of us need to be involved in preserving our land!

  6. What a great thing for the 6th graders to do~ Saving the coast line is so important! Great project!


  7. That is a wonderful way to teach students to appreciate the importance of plants! I like how you've turned it into a project and not just a textbook lesson.

  8. I remember you talking about this last year. That's so great that your students are being taught to be a part of this and to be more ecologically aware.

  9. This is an awesome thing these kids are doing...and fun, too.:)

  10. Wonderful!! Kids learn by doing I think ~



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