My students attend a small high school that strives to prepare them for college and careers in the future. Our school fosters creativity and allows students to explore their own individual interests through project-based learning, internships, and advisories that last for the entire four years of high school.
My current 25 advisory students are now in the 10th grade.
As their advisory teacher, I want to provide new opportunities (like growing succulents) and guide them with their academics and learning experiences.
As a high school teacher, I want my students to feel like their classroom is a positive learning environment where they have the opportunity to grow. Since students remain in the same advisory room for all four years of their high school career at our small school, I want my students to have a sense of ownership of their classroom. I also want to teach my advisory students about propagating succulent plants and how to provide them with proper care. This project will teach my students about asexual reproduction, different types of stem and leaf cuttings, and environmental factors (including the type of soil used) that influence propagation.
The requested plants, soil, and pots will be used in our classroom to experiment with leaf cuttings and stem cuttings (depending on the type of succulent) and propagate new plants during this process.
Each student will have two succulents to plant in the requested pots. Students will learn about the methods for removing leaves from the succulents and drying them for several days on a bed of the cactus soil. This will allow the leaves to callus and begin to root.
Students will need to water the leaves each day so they can properly develop into new plants and document the process. In addition to growing the plants in our classroom along our windowsill, students will plant the original plants in our school garden.
By engaging in this hands-on activity, I hope to improve our classroom setting by adding the plants along the windowsill of our room. Adding plants to our classroom would not only improve our physical environment, but it would allow my advisory students to take responsibility for their succulents and GROW through their interaction with advisory peers and exploration of the hands-on science activity.
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