My students attend a Title I school in the heart of New York. They are special needs students and English language learners, which makes learning challenging. My students come from a variety of economic backgrounds, with all of them receiving free lunch. The school's population is very ethnically diverse as well. We serve a rising number of Hispanic and African students. Needless to say, students come to school with their own unique set of struggles and successes.
One thing the students have in common, though, is their love for school and learning.
I hope to create an environment at school and at home that meets their unique needs.
Inspired by the #ISeeMe campaign, I am creating a healthy living workshop to teach my inner city students sustainable food lifestyle. As a result, I want fruits and vegetables to be their first choice when they actually had items to choose from. Working with my socioeconomically disadvantaged inner city students, I see that they have limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables. I am going to change that.
Students will keep a journal and learn about the root systems of various plants and collect qualitative and quantitative data on root growth over time and estimating total length of roots for each plant. My students will also create recipes, using the food they have grown within the classroom, and eat their creations.
The books will help with developing creative ideas for growing food in apartments.
Best of all, students will be allowed to take the gardens home and continue over breaks to eat right.
The AeroGarden hydroponic system and books will teach my students that they can grow fresh food all year, indoors, and without soil, in a uniquely observable way.
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