Botany & Clay: An Integrated & Collaborative Community Learning Experience!
Help me give my students the opportunity to learn about botany and community by growing houseplants in pottery containers they will create themselves.
This project expired on February 28, 2020.
Hooray! This project is fully funded
We get to teach in a building which houses two schools; one of us teaches Art in our K-5 public school and the other teaches a multi-age classroom in our public Montessori charter school. We are blessed to teach a diverse group of students from a wide-range of socioeconomic backgrounds and cultures who want to collaborate to benefit our entire school community. Our students are creative, curious and ambitious with their learning. They look forward to new challenges and learning experiences. Our school and classrooms are open with inviting environments designed to foster independent student learning through research and inquiry, hands-on exploration, and by working in our community.
Many of our students are involved in social justice and environmentally conscious movements because they want to make the world a better place.
They work hard with the resources they have to follow their passions and find meaning in their education.
Our project is a culturally relevant, multi-disciplinary approach designed to help students find their place in the world through botany and ceramic art lessons.
Our students will learn about plant biology and propagation, the fundamental needs of plants, and the ways plants have been used for food, shelter, and enjoyment; as well as various ceramic art making techniques throughout history from many cultures.
Students will utilize local resources to source and identify different types of houseplants. They will also learn how to start from seed and grow organic plants for home food production gardens. Students will learn how to create planters and containers in Art as well as learn the science of clay and glazes. Our students plan to have a plant sale to raise money for community projects at our school at the end of this learning experience. In addition to gaining financial knowledge and experience, the plant sale will help them to form relationships with other students, teachers, neighbors, and increase their sense of civic responsibility.
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