Debra Smith – ARI Innovations Mini Grant

Debra Smith – ARI Innovations Mini Grant

Biography

Students participated in an in-depth unit where they used many hands-on experiments, practiced different reading strategies, and utilized. Students learned the basics of plants such as: the importance of plants, the nutritional value of eating healthy, the composition of seeds, plant basic parts and their functions, plants reproduction, plant life cycles, photosynthesis,respiration, and the medicinal uses of plants. After the basics, students learned about the planting of seeds, cultivating the garden, harvesting, and selling products that are produced. After many discussions about world hunger, students attempted to solve the problem of growing plants year-round in a High Tunnel. Finally, all grades (1st-5th) in our building had the opportunity to plant different types of plants in the High Tunnel and log in a journal all investigative notes regarding the growth of their particular plants. All teachers then built lessons according to their standards on plants and taught accordingly. Excited 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders learned how to hoe and cultivate the garden. After harvesting, 4th and 5th graders sold the plants to the community to learn the economic aspects of selling products.