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Using the garden we have started, we strive to promote healthy life styles, which increases learning capacity, especially in young brains.
We also use our garden to learn about life cycles. We explore the plant life cycles and how it contrasts and compares to other life cycles.

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Healthy Kids

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School:
Oldsmar Elementary School 
Subject:
Health/P.E. 
Teacher:
Kathleen Dupuis 
Students Impacted:
75 
Grade:
Pre-K 
Date:
July 12, 2018

Investor

Thank you to the following investor for funding this grant.

 

Raymond James - $415.00

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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 20

Our students were able to experience building up a garden from soil to vegetables, and were involved with every step of the process. We have spread the soil, dug planted both seeds and plants, weeded the area, watered, and harvested.  We have made vegetable soup in class with the produce of our garden, and journaled our experiences in our Garden book.  We have also used the experience to work on our STEM journals though Plant Life Cycles, explored the parts of a plant and have added a Butterfly section this year to allows the students to see the Butterfly Life Cycle in real time. We have used our Garden and STEM journals throughout the whole year to capture our learning experiences.

We truly appreciate the grant as it has allowed us to create hand-on lessons for each student to learn at their ownlevel and pace and gain deeper understanding of the lessons they are involved in! We are already planning new and exciting lessons for next year to make sure the students are becoming more aware of both healthy life styles and earth awareness and sustainability :)

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Starting our garden

 

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Original Grant Overview

Goal

Using the garden we have started, we strive to promote healthy life styles, which increases learning capacity, especially in young brains.
We also use our garden to learn about life cycles. We explore the plant life cycles and how it contrasts and compares to other life cycles.  

 

What will be done with my students

The students will be involved in all steps from exploring different types of seeds, planting, taking care of the garden, harvesting, and creating meals involving the vegetables they've grown. They we explore what happens to our bodies when we eat healthy, and contrasting to how "junk" food affects our bodies, hurts our minds and our growth rate.
The garden also contains butterfly plants to encourage butterflies to lay their eggs, allowing the children to explore the butterfly Life cycle.
We will also be using the garden to explore Life Cycles of plants, comparing and contrasting them to other Life cycles. 

 

Benefits to my students

Children will be using S.T.E.M to explore the natural world through hands on experiences within and out of the classroom. They will become more aware of their own bodies, and how to take care of them. They will learn to work in groups by being involved in taking care of a community garden, and being responsible for maintaining living plants and animals.  

 

Describe the Students

I have a class of 20 students, ages 4 to 5. My class is made up of 14 General education students as well as 6 ESE students (ASD, Language Delayed, Emotional Delayed, Ortho Impaired, etc). We are a mix of all races and genders, and are differences make us GREAT!! :)
There are 3 other classes with similar make ups, and they will be involved with the garden as well.  

 

Budget Narrative

I will be working with Lowes in our area to help us maintain the garden 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Plants $150.00
2 Garden Soil $100.00
3 Lima Beans $10.00
4 Large Plastic Ziplock Bags $20.00
5 Large pots for herbs $60.00
6 Garden Journals $25.00
7 Soaker hose qty 2 $50.00
  Total: $415.00

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