Our school is a Title I school in a rural county in Florida. We serve kindergarten through 5th grade. One hundred percent of our students receive free lunch, thanks to a grant our county received.
Our students live up to our school motto of PRIDE.
We challenge each student to be positive, respectful, independent, dedicated learners with high expectations. Our students rise to this challenge each and every day!
I teach second grade with students of varying reading levels. I work with migrant students, ELL students, ESE students, and regular Ed. students. Our teachers work hard to provide rigorous learning opportunities for our students, while these children work hard to meet our high expectations and maintain our A grade.
Life cycles are a big science standard in second grade. We teach them about using inquiry skills such as observing, predicting, and measuring. We have non-fiction pieces in our reading book about soil and the life cycle of pumpkins.
Growing plants in our classroom would be a great real world experience to tie our science standards and our reading text together.
Instead of just reading about how plants grow, my second graders will be able to use their scientific skills in our classroom. This once in a lifetime experience will help them observe the life cycle of plants from seed to plant in our hydroponic planter and compare it to how plants grow in soil outside.
Not only will this project help reinforce our reading text and science standards, but the vegetables and herbs we grow in our classroom will be used as food for our class pets. My students will be excited to be able to grow our own food for our guinea pigs.
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