My students need a hydrofarm kit, germination stations, and several gardening and plant supplies as they learn about the life cycle of plants and how nature recycles matter
Do you remember the first time you learned about the plant cycle? Germinated seeds? Well this year our 7th graders will take on this tasks and do it by using recycled items. Rather than using plastic pots, students will create their own paper pots and grow their garden from seeds they germinate.
My students are a group of 7th graders in a self contained class, they are energetic, inquisitive, loving and courageous.
They are from New York and require a lot of differentiation as they take on the Common Core Standards this year. The majority of our students are visual learners and enjoy hands on activities. Our school serves a large population of special education students, who are predominantly African-American and Hispanic.
The resources that we are requesting are unique learning pieces that will inspire students to learn. Rather than utilize plastic pots that are not biodegradable, our students will construct their own pots by recycling news paper and using a Paper Pot Maker. These activities will encourage eye and hands coordination as students learn about recycling organic matter as they garden. Students will learn how to recycle plastic bins to create individual compost bins to learn about composting and to recycle organic matter from home and school. Our class will create several stations for observation and research, such as a hydrofarm station, a germination station, a compost station as well as a mini garden station. Students will learn the importance of photosynthesis and why plants are important to our ecosystem. Based on our research students will be encouraged to develop their own unique experiments to answer their testable question and present their findings to peers and visiting teachers.
This project is important to our students because it will allow students to participate in activities that will invite them to think, learn and wonder about the world around them, to form observations, develop testable questions, and design experiment as they learn about the importance of recycling and composting.
Students will learn new skills that they can develop and grow on as they prepare to enter their 8th grade science class at the end of the year.
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