We have recently been given a 65 foot by 540 foot lot across the street from our school to be used as a teaching garden. Our school wishes to create a garden that will serve as an outdoor classroom and learning garden for our students and community called the Cougar Patch. Our school is a Title 1 School and currently has 83% free and reduced lunch students in poverty status.
Students will help design, plan, implement, monitor, and maintain this garden. Not only will students raise food but will learn about wildlife species, ecosystems, and habitats. Each grade level will plant gardens to study and enjoy. Here are some specific ways that our teachers said they would use the outdoor classroom:
1st grade: Students grow bean plants and observe, measure, journal the plant’s growth. Students also hatch butterflies and observe and journal about this. The butterflies are set free after they hatch.
3rd Grade: Students would integrate science, art, and writing to create flower cards. Students would identify the flower, research the flower, and type a short summary of their flower. Students will also work on math skills by finding the area of our garden, using arrays to plant, and creating story problems based on the growth of the garden.
4th Grade: Idaho History lessons include lessons about native plants. Students would be able to observe and identify these plants outside the classroom. Idaho history lessons also include lessons about Native Americans. Students would grow a Native American “Three Sisters” garden with corn, pumpkin, and beans. Students would also use the garden for writing and art.
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