BRING YOUR CLASSROOM TO LIFE
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THE EDIBLE LEARNING LAB
Today’s best teachers are constantly looking for ways to boost student learning through creative, engaging lesson plans.
Classroom gardens give these motivated teachers the ability to grow student confidence, while building critical thinking skills with hands-on learning.
These are exciting times for project based classrooms! Many educators are finding the benefits of having agricultural learning projects in the classroom.
“Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge.” (Buck Institute for Education)
1) Key Knowledge, Understanding, and Success Skills
Classroom hydroponics gives students a chance to engage in critical thinking and problem solving, using a real world system with live plants. These classrooms foster collaboration, teamwork, and self management.
2) Challenging Problems and Questions
A learning project is framed by a meaningful problem to solve or a question to answer, at the appropriate level of challenge. For classroom hydroponics, these questions can range from simple plant science experiments all the way to entrepreneurship and upper level challenges.
3) Sustained Inquiry
Most lessons end when the text books closes. With a hydroponics-based learning project, students have a focal point for a sustained process of asking questions, finding resources, and applying information.
4) Student Voice & Choice
A classroom hydroponics project gives students a chance to make some decisions about the project, including how they work and what they grow
5) Student Pride
Students have the chance to make their project work public by explaining, displaying and/or presenting it to people beyond the classroom. The pride and accomplishment is evident when the student is showing off a plant they have grown from seed. These are fantastic projects to show off in a science fair or open school event. The students can even bring the veggies home to cook!
“I was just surprised at the level of sophistication for something like this. But yet, it’s rather simple. I mean kids can get this. If you have kids coming down taking pH samples. If you have kids making sure it has the proper water, I mean that’s all pretty simple stuff if you just train them.”
-Craig Kitto, Principal, Meadowlark Elementary School, Buffalo, Wyoming
Start your own classroom garden today!
When students are challenged with real world problems, you might be surprised with the creativity and excitement they have for learning.
With the right technology, today’s motivated teachers can create efficient classroom gardens that inspire your students to grow.