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The goal of the garden is to allow children a chance to apply science concepts they've learned in their life science modules to gain a deeper understanding of plants and how they grow. They will also have the opportunity to observe butterfly life cycles in the part of the garden dedicated to butterfly plants.

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Thanks-Seeds of Science

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School:
Eisenhower Elementary School 
Subject:
Science 
Teacher:
Christine York-Amstutz 
 
Paula Stephens, Vicky Tarantino, Melissa Hunt 
Students Impacted:
350 
Grade:
K-5 
Date:
November 1, 2016

Investor

Thank you to the following investor for funding this grant.

 

Suncoast Credit Union - $295.45

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Goal

The goal of the garden is to allow children a chance to apply science concepts they've learned in their life science modules to gain a deeper understanding of plants and how they grow. They will also have the opportunity to observe butterfly life cycles in the part of the garden dedicated to butterfly plants. 

 

What will be done with my students

Students will be involved with preparing, planting, monitoring, and harvesting various fruits and vegetables (leaf, stem, root) as well as monitoring butterfly life cycles in the new butterfly garden section of our 10 bed garden. Teachers of all grade levels will have a hands on resource area where they can teach life science concepts (plants, life cycles) outside in nature. When students harvest, they'll see which parts of the plant we eat. Students will write about their activities in the garden whether it will be observations and measurements of growth or, for primary students, pictures of the growth of plants at different stages from seedling to mature plant. 

 

Benefits to my students

The first benefit will be the added information a living garden will give to students who are exploring plant and animal life cycles in the classroom. Students in all grades will be able to put textbook knowledge to work as they explore these concepts in real life.

The second benefit is one of awareness of where food comes from. As a school of poverty, many of our students are apartment dwellers who spend much of their time at school or in their apartments with little opportunity to experience the larger world around them. These children don't see how our food grows or know what parts of plants supply the food they eat.

 

 

Describe the Students

Eisenhower is a 100% school of poverty. More than 1/2 of the school's children are speakers of other languages with the dominant language spoken being Spanish. We currently have one of the largest ESOL populations in the county with 6 ELL teachers and 3 assistants. We also have ESE resource programs.  

 

Budget Narrative

We will make part of the garden vegetables and herbs. The other part will be a permanent butterfly garden. These numbers are approximate depending upon availability and the number of donated plants I can get. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Tomato Plants @ 3.78 each X 15 $56.70
2 Lettuce @ 3.68 each X 5 $18.25
3 okra @ 3.78 each X 5 $18.90
4 yellow/Red Sweet Bell Pepper @ 3.78X8 $30.24
5 Various Herbs (stevia,mint,)@3.68 X 6 $22.08
6 onions @ $6.00 a set X 1 $6.00
7 spinich @ 3.68 each X 5 $18.28
8 Fertilizer (Miracle Grow) X 2 $25.00
9 Various Butterfly plants not exceed $100.00
  Total: $295.45

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