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Hungry for knowledge kickstart

  1. 1. Hungry for Knowledge: A Teaching Garden Feeding the Mind… Feeding the Body
  2. 2. Hungry for Knowledge Teaching Garden Plan <ul><li>Create a model program linking academic skills with cultural exchange opportunities using school gardens and world food and water scarcity as themes, and by collaborating with children in Uganda </li></ul>
  3. 3. Relevance to current initiatives <ul><li>Common Core Standards in Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Johnston County Schools objectives in global studies and technology </li></ul><ul><li>Importance of inquiry-based learning </li></ul><ul><li>Local Foods/Edible School Yard/Farm To School </li></ul>
  4. 4. Other Benefits <ul><li>Increased cultural awareness and </li></ul><ul><li>respect </li></ul><ul><li>Building a culture of impacting your world </li></ul><ul><li>Building social, communication, and character skills </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to integrate arts, music, physical activity in a teaching garden setting </li></ul><ul><li>Potential to create a model program </li></ul><ul><li>Development of basic school resources for our partner school: Friends World Primary </li></ul>
  5. 5. Curriculum Links for ECES <ul><li>Inquiry aspect of existing science grant </li></ul><ul><li>Science topics of plants, soil, energy from food, weather and climate </li></ul><ul><li>Social studies topics of families and communities around the world, world regions </li></ul><ul><li>Common Core standards of integrated skills, research, use of media, representing and reporting data, and measurement </li></ul><ul><li>Learning about and from others </li></ul>
  6. 6. Curriculum Links for Friends World Primary <ul><li>Developing skills in reading and writing English </li></ul><ul><li>Developing math skills including measurement and representing data </li></ul><ul><li>Implementing problem solving approaches for ongoing issues of water and food safety and availability </li></ul><ul><li>Learning about and from others </li></ul>
  7. 7. Related Long-term benefits <ul><li>Establish a larger school teaching garden, including components for art, music, science experiments, and reading opportunities – i.e. an outdoor classroom at each school </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage healthy eating for students and staff including school- and locally-grown items </li></ul><ul><li>Establish a relationship with our partner school to our ongoing mutual benefit </li></ul><ul><li>Reconnect students with the natural world </li></ul><ul><li>Foster a sense of commitment to service </li></ul>
  8. 8. Delivery <ul><li>Integrate with school lunch programs and Green Kids Gardening Clubs at both our schools </li></ul><ul><li>Provide presentations, including foods, art, music, about Uganda during student lunch periods </li></ul><ul><li>Share cultural information with our partner school for similar presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Create “in-school field trip” display at each school to post information and data, pictures, maps, etc., updated regularly </li></ul><ul><li>Use a “question of the week” and “problem of the month” activity to promote problem solving on the project at each school. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Examples of the vision… <ul><li>Our students and those in our partner school will graph and share climate and weather data for school gardens </li></ul><ul><li>Our partner school is helped to develop basic needs including water storage and reliable electricity to improve school life and to more easily access the benefits of the project </li></ul><ul><li>Each school will enhance its existing garden, adding teaching stations for weather monitoring, art, music, and reading; building on existing resources </li></ul><ul><li>The importance of healthy eating and the issue of food and water scarcity is emphasized </li></ul>
  10. 10. Sample Teaching Garden Components…
  11. 11. … <ul><li>The teaching gardens serve as a focal point for core curriculum opportunities and class learning activities </li></ul><ul><li>Common core skills such as data collection and using media to present information are incorporated </li></ul><ul><li>An “in-school field trip” wall at each school will be supplemented by an on-site field trip for selected teachers to foster friendship, understanding, and learning between our schools and to view and document the results of the project </li></ul><ul><li>All teachers in both schools are provided with cultural and educational opportunities for improved practice, as well as developed curriculum to share with others </li></ul>
  12. 12. Accompanying Activities <ul><li>Share updates through our school website and that of our partner school </li></ul><ul><li>Share holiday observances with our partner school </li></ul><ul><li>Develop and share recipes based on the products of our two gardens </li></ul><ul><li>Create a photo cookbook of children’s favorite garden photos and recipes </li></ul><ul><li>Promote artistic expression through drawing and craft work with an art garden theme. </li></ul><ul><li>Use musical listening and reading gardens components to promote literacy skills </li></ul>
  13. 13. Partners <ul><li>Whole Foods School Garden Grant </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wholekidsfoundation.org/gardengrants </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Salad Bars 2 Schools” grant </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Saladbars2schools.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>World Food Bank “Teach Hunger, Fight Hunger” resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.wfp.org/students-and-teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NCSU Agriculture Outreach </li></ul><ul><li>Master Gardeners Program </li></ul><ul><li>UNC Africa Center </li></ul><ul><li>Local farmers and businesses </li></ul><ul><li>Kickstart Project Grant </li></ul>
  14. 14. Participating Educators… <ul><li>Amy Plahuta, 4 th grade science </li></ul><ul><li>Amanda Allen, School Counselor </li></ul><ul><li>Rebecca Bettis, Special Education </li></ul><ul><li>Doug Crumpler, Music </li></ul><ul><li>Karin Jadney, Art </li></ul><ul><li>Shirley Purdy, Media/Literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Nancy Driscoll, School Psychologist </li></ul><ul><li>Sharita Wilder, School Cafeteria Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Eric Gitta, Friends World Primary </li></ul>

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