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To use our school gardens to provide student centered learning activities that involve active investigation in science, math, and technology.

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Perkins School Garden

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School:
Perkins Elementary School 
Subject:
Science 
Teacher:
Anne Weller 
 
Jean Wark, Virginia Glenza 
Students Impacted:
150 
Grade:
K-5 
Date:
December 11, 2015

Investor

Thank you to the following investor for funding this grant.

 

The Pinellas Education Foundation - $400.00

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Goal

To use our school gardens to provide student centered learning activities that involve active investigation in science, math, and technology.  

 

What will be done with my students

Students will plan and design garden with companion plants in mind.
Students will use a variety of tools to collect and analyze data about the plants and soil including iPads, microscopes, rain gauge, thermometers, hand lenses, meter sticks, and digital scale.
Students will monitor for disease and pests and
troubleshoot pest and disease issues.
 

 

Benefits to my students

Research demonstrates that school garden projects increase science achievement scores. Students gain confidence in their powers of observation and investigation skills while they work in the outdoor classroom.
Students develop an understanding of the food chain and the importance of agriculture in our society.
Research indicates students who grow and maintain vegetable gardens increase their interest and habits of vegetable consumption.
Students increase social skills working in small groups to maintain the garden. It also makes them more aware of caring for the environment and instills appreciation and respect for nature.
 

 

Describe the Students

The school garden is used by many different grade levels of students in our school. We have a garden focus group comprised of students from various socioeconomic backgrounds and academic ability levels. Forty six percent of the students in our school participate in the free or reduced lunch program. Fifty seven percent of our school population is male, 43% are female. Students in the gifted program are also participants in the school garden activities. Grades K-5 participate.  

 

Budget Narrative

All of the above items are needed to maintain our winter/spring organic garden. We have had great success in past years with our school garden. Several grade levels and classes participate along with the Garden Focus group who heads up and organizes the school garden 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Diamatacous Earth $25.00
2 Neem Oil $10.00
3 watering cans $25.00
4 Peat Moss $10.00
5 Black Cow Soil enhancer $25.00
6 Black Hen Soil enhancer $35.00
7 Mushroom compost soil enhancer $25.00
8 Bone Meal $20.00
9 Blood Meal $20.00
10 Vegetable Seedlings, bulbs, $180.00
11 Seeds $25.00
  Total: $400.00

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