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Our First Grade Teachers would like to build a working school vegetable garden in the middle of our campus to support teaching and learning. We will incorporate many Florida Standard benchmarks in a place where kids can interact and get curious about the natural world. Learning will be hands on in the garden and spill over into the classrooms where many activity centers will be set up to augment the lessons outdoors. Parents and community speakers will be invited to compliment the program.

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Sow It. Grow It. Eat It. Know It.

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School:
Bay Point Elementary School 
Subject:
Science 
Teacher:
Bonnie Parker 
 
Linda Griffin, Cierra Negretti, Kim Morgan, Jennifer Clarke, Cathy Wall, Cari Jefferies 
Students Impacted:
110 
Grade:
Date:
September 19, 2014

Investor

Thank you to the following investor for funding this grant.

 

Suncoast Credit Foundation & The Pinellas Education Foundation - $1,495.00

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Goal

Our First Grade Teachers would like to build a working school vegetable garden in the middle of our campus to support teaching and learning. We will incorporate many Florida Standard benchmarks in a place where kids can interact and get curious about the natural world. Learning will be hands on in the garden and spill over into the classrooms where many activity centers will be set up to augment the lessons outdoors. Parents and community speakers will be invited to compliment the program. 

 

What will be done with my students

Our students will create a workable garden that all First Grade students can learn and grow in. The students will predict, compare and contrast, measure, graph, observe and record as they work together in the garden each day. The garden will help them build leadership skills, self-confidence and most of all promote teamwork. We will include the parents of our students to help with the construction of the garden as well as well as people from the community who are skilled with gardening techniques. The activities include mapping the plots, building the raised beds, creating informational signs, choosing and planting the seeds and seedlings, weeding, watering and harvesting. During these activities students will collaborate with other students to collect information, make observations and keep written and pictorial records as appropriate. 

 

Benefits to my students

Children will directly observe the impact their actions have on the environment as they control water, fertilizer and sunlight. They will learn the effect exterior forces such as weather conditions have on their harvest. Each student will be able to record scientific data in a Science Journal using words, drawings and graphs. They also will try new foods that they have had a hand in growing therefore introducing them to better nutritional eating habits. Students will improve their cooperative learning and leadership skills as they work together to "Sow It and Grow It!" 

 

Describe the Students

Bay Point Elementary is a math, science and technology magnet school. It has a diverse student body with many multiracial and multicultural students representing many socioeconomic and academic abilities. Our school population is 76% minority and 67% receive free or reduced lunch. We do not receive Title 1 monies.
 

 

Budget Narrative

The budget includes all the supplies to build and maintain our garden. It also includes transportation to take our First Graders to a working farm on a field trip. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Lumber and Nails for Raised Beds $375.00
2 Soil and Fertilizer $350.00
3 Seeds and Seedlings $200.00
4 Hoses, rakes, signage, weed liner, etc... $270.00
5 Books on Gardening and Vegetables $300.00
  Total: $1,495.00

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