Thu, Dec 12, 2019 7:20 AM
Creating a School Mini-Garden by Francisca Garcia Ruiz
I work in a Title 1 school and am part of their Farm to School project. As part of our action plan and school grant, we have built 2 garden beds, and one of our first grade classes maintains the garden. At first, I was hesitant to be part of this project; it did seem like a lot of work. However, as we approach our first year anniversary of the project, I am one of the strongest advocates to keep this project alive.
The article describes one teacher's journey as she starts a small germination project and guides her students as they plan and prepare to transplant the plants to a small plot of land on school property. She also details ways to collaborate with other staff members and find funding for the project.
How does it connect to NGSS?
Many people who hesitate to begin this kind of project worry that they don't have time or don't know what kind of garden lessons to teach. Fortunately, a garden project of any size easily matches current curriculum, including NGSS standards. What a fun way to teach life science and standards such as weather/climate and interedependent relationships in ecosystems!
How is inquiry addressed?
Hands-on science is authentic, engaging and provides so many opportunities for learning! This kind of project will change your students' attitude towards science! They will learn the standards by doing them instead of by reading about them. Use a garden to teach instead of teaching about a garden!
A garden project is so rewarding; I encourage all teachers to try even a mini-garden! Best of luck!