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We’re lucky to be at a school with a passionate group of gardeners (both students and adults)! Edutopia recently ran a post by Kristin Stayer with additional ideas for gardening at school.
“A study from Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Learning Through the Garden, shows that gardens can function as living laboratories. Students who participate in gardening have a considerable increase in grade point average, utilize new learning styles, and develop their perspectives and ways of learning to incorporate critical 21st-century skills such as “curiosity, flexibility, open-mindedness, informed skepticism, creativity, and critical thinking.”
Here are some activity examples that could be used in a gardening unit:
- Create a Garden in a Glove for science observation and discovery, or create a seed book. Have students insert their seed book in an art journal while they observe the growth or decay activity in their plot, or chart what foods are grown in global regions.
- Build rain gauges to incorporate into math lessons about measurements and volume, or a bulb growth chart to look for growth patterns.
- Have students read through garden cookbooks, and even create their own recipe books from their garden cooking experiments to enhance literacy skills.
- For more academic ideas in the garden, visit Kids Gardening, The Educators’ Spin On It, and National Agriculture in the Classroom.”
Read the entire piece here.