5th Grade Food & Farmer Expedition
As a part of this year's 5th grade Food and Farmer expedition, Environmental Education and Technology teachers are collaborating to support the classroom learning in meaningful ways.
In class, students are exploring sustainability in relationship to food and agriculture. This is a big topic that can be explored through both environmental and social lenses. The classes visit farms in our community, talk to the farmers and learn about the different ways food is grown, who grows it and where the food goes after it is harvested.
In their Environmental Education enrichment class, students are assimilating what they learn in the field and are applying it here on campus. Specifically their awareness about and reasons for sustainable agriculture. We are working together to better understand the WHY and HOW of various sustainable agriculture techniques and then implementing some of them in our Peace Garden.
In technology with Mr. Kevin, students are using this project to practice their newly acquired technology skills, such as how to manage their personal account, save files, upload images, etc. They are learning about photo documentation- how to capture images that are useful, emotional and interesting- by using the ipads to capture images of themselves implementing the sustainable practices they are learning about.
The final product of the 5th grade Food & Farmer EE and Technology collaboration will be a series of educational "Information Artwork" posters that both show and tell about the work they completed in the garden. The amazing farmers we collaborate with, our growing Earth Garden and these posters from Lexicon of Sustainability are the inspiration for this project.
Stay tuned for more images, stories and final products from this group of amazing young farmers!
The Sustainability themes we are exploring are...
Our Earth Garden: Growing Gardens, Feeding Community
Biodiversity in the Vegetable Garden
The Soil Foodweb (how and why to compost)
Building Soil for Sustainability- how to double dig a garden bed
Who are our Farmers?
Perennials and Annuals
Sustainable and Organic- Is one always the other?