School Gardens ~ Sowing Seeds of Service
Overview A school rooftop garden becomes a classroom extension for science and math investigations. Urban children apply Internet agricultural research to their container garden located high among downtown buildings. Using software to plan their garden, they germinate seeds in the classroom, observe and record the life cycle of plants, study the impact of environmental factors on plant growth, and share a computer slide show. Helping plant and care for the garden are local seniors whose wisdom enriches this experiment in cultivating classroom and community.
Assessment Students' math and science skills are evaluated by classroom quizzes and tests; computer slide presentation and script assessed during shared reflection and feedback sessions.
Software or Materials Used Complete LandDesigner 3D software, Sierra Home; A Seed is a Promise , Claire Merrill 1990: Scholastic
Keywords Service Learning, Gardens, Metric Measurement, Landscape Design, Horticulture, Acid Rain, Fibonacci Series
Final Words This yearlong unit not only fulfills several math and science standards, but also teaches civic virtues like responsibility and environmental awareness. Students value the input of senior citizens who are experienced gardeners/farmers from Asia.
Teacher Tip Using
a digital camera to record garden
Lai Lai Sheung
Teacher Bio Lai Lai Sheung, third grade bilingual teacher at Josiah Quincy Elementary School, has received a grant from Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc. As Boston Public Schools Lead Teacher, Mentor Teacher, and Science Standards Facilitator, she is recipient of the Althea Lindsey Teacher of the Year Award and the Mass. Environmental Affairs Secretary's Award for Excellence in Environmental Education. This math and science curriculum coach for the Office Of Instructional Technology helps her colleagues integrate technology into the curriculum.
Subject Areas Math, Science, English Language Arts, Technology
Grade Levels K - 12
Students All students from all programs
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