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Gardens are powerful educational tools

Gardens are powerful educational tools
Gardens are powerful educational tools, providing opportunities for children to experience the natural world as they develop strong academic skills and positive attitudes toward fresh fruits and vegetables, and learn important sociological skills that enhance the quality of ... Full story

The Who, What & Why of Pollinators

The Who, What & Why of Pollinators
  Goals: To understand the interdependence of certain plants and the insects that pollinate them  To understand the process of pollination  To become aware of how people depend on pollinators for food  Background Material (Note: Background material is designed to provide helpful information to educators. It is not intended to be shared directly with participants.)    Pollination is central to successful reproduction in most plants. Simply stated, it is the transfer of pollen ... Full story

Partner Science with Language Arts

Partner Science with Language Arts
All kids are fascinated by bugs and crawling things. Why not add some “bug” poetry to your entymology lessons. Poems can be a fun way to introduce insect anatomy and feeding habits, as well as the role of insects in the garden. Here are two poems to get you started:   THE DRAGONFLY I am the dragon, The demon ... Full story

Safety First

Safety First
Author: Sarah Pounders Grow it, know it, try it … love it! Educators and parents across the country are using this philosophy to get young gardeners hooked on fruits and vegetables. Both anecdotal and research-based evidence lend support to the theory that experiencing food from seed to table builds excitement for fruits and vegetables and motivates kids ... Full story

Friend or Foe?



Friend or Foe?


Author: Sarah Pounders
 Overview Students learn that some microorganisms are beneficial to humans, while others are harmful. Materials: 
Internet
chart paper or chalk board
pots
legume seeds (beans or peas) 
potting soil
rhizobia bacteria*
rulers, pencils, and journals *Available from garden centers or catalogs Background Microorganisms are everywhere. They are so ... Full story

Walk in the park

Walk in the park
Good study on the positive influence of doses of nature on ADHD symptoms:   http://jad.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/12/5/402   Full story

The Tactile/ Kinesthetic Learning Style

The Tactile/ Kinesthetic Learning Style
You learn best when physically engaged in a "hands on" activity. In the classroom, you benefit from a lab setting where you can man ipulate materials to learn new information. You learn best when you can be physically active in the learning environment. You benefit from instructors who encourage in-class demonstrations, "hands on" student learning experiences, ... Full story

How to study

How to study
Study in short blocks of time rather than extended periods. Take frequent breaks when studying. Change locations each time you take a break to help stretch your legs and give you a chance to move about when studying. Have as many experimental learning opportunities as possible, such as lab and studio courses, ... Full story

Ready, Set, Grow: School garden initiatives boost students’ health

Ready, Set, Grow: School garden initiatives boost students' health
by Julia Hawesand Maya Linson Local leaders have quietly been examining the use of school gardens to help nuture the minds ... Full story
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