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Keywords: Gardening, Growing Greatness, Technology
Subject(s): Grammar, Spelling, Earth Science, Writing, Life Science, Technology, Social Skills, Science
Grades 3 through 5
School: Northeast Elementary School, Pikeville, NC
Planned By: Rebecca Blair
Original Author: Rebecca Blair, Pikeville
First, the students will plant several classroom gardens. One garden will be planted with pre-purchased potting soil from the store. The second garden will be planted with identical plants but will use soil that the class has created from composting. Afterthat, the students will work in small group teams to record data about the plants' growth cycles on a flip camera. They will also record their predictions and observations about how the different types of soil will effect the plants' growth. Students will same their video files on classroom computers and flash drives. When the garden plants have reached maturity, the students will work together to compile and analyze their data. They will use their recordings from the flip camera to create multimedia presentations using the flip camera software on the classroom, or computer lab, computers. The presentations will be saved onto flashdrives. The students will also be able to create and blog on Wikis with their group members, about the project and what they're learning. As the project culminates, the students will share their presentations with the class on the smartboard.
My goal is to further the student's knowledge and understanding of plant life cycles, and the effect that different types of soil have on plant growth. I also want them to be able to use the scientific method more effectively, which this lesson project will allow them to do. In addition, the students will be able to learn some 21st century skills by utilizing the flip camera to document and create presentations, and by using the smartboard to present their learning with a technology emphasis.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Math- measuring growth and number of flowers/seeds that are in the garden; symmetry/assymmetry in the plants
Art- using the plants to create rubbings or collages; using the flowers to make dyes for art projects
Social Studies- researching different state plants & the areas they're found in
I may use any of the cross-curricular activities as follow-up extensions. We will post the students presentations on the class website for parent viewing.
Materials: Elementary, Writing, Flash/USB Drives, Batteries, Video Tools, Whiteboards, Authoring and Publishing, Web Page, Slideshow, Integrating Technology, Cause and Effect
Other Items: 1 Smartboard w/Projector, $3299.00 each, total of $3299.00
4 Flash/USB drives, $39.96 each, total of $159.84