The students at Pueblo Vista Environmental Science/Dual Immersion Magnet School have been studying human impact on pollinators, incorporating these citizen science projects as a catalyst for environmental stewardship. Using the school garden as an outdoor classroom, bilingual K-5 teachers and students investigate bees, butterflies, beetles, birds and bats within the context of NGSS aligned units of study taught in Spanish.
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July 12, 2019
National Children and Youth Gardening Symposium
In this session, I will outline the conditions for establishing a culture of inclusion by comparing “typical” approaches in garden-based learning with an apprenticeship model.
In this presentation, I will demonstrate how cooking and gardening engage children in a purposeful activity that nurtures their bodies and expands their minds. Specifically, I will share best practices for developing standards-aligned lessons for eating as learning based on a multisensory, multimodal, and multicultural approach: Eat-Read-Talk-Write. This classroom-tested pedagogical cycle extends to the school garden with suggested planting, growing, and harvesting activities.
In this session, we will explore the nature of interdependence by considering how matter cycles and energy flows in a soil ecosystem to better understand the role of decomposition in a school garden compost pile.
In this full-day course, participants will examine their background knowledge of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts (ELA). Through guided interactive lessons, participants will learn how to meet the standards using the school garden or outdoor classroom. (CEUs available.)