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Hundreds of lessons that are hands on, correlated to recent standards and teach core subject areas.

Gardening | Grades 7-12 |

Pest Management Safety: Integrated Pest Management Part 2

Pest management is needed in order to have a healthy and productive garden. There are many options for pest control. This lesson will show students the importance of reading a pesticide label and what information they can find. Students will also be exposed to safety equipment that may need to be used when applying a pesticide.

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Gardening | Grades 6-8 |

Learn About Decomposition by Creating Compost

Students, working in groups, will create a small composter, monitor and record the decomposition process, and reflect on the final product of decomposition in their composter.

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Gardening | Grades 7-12 |

Improving Mother Nature: Maximize Storm Water Runoff for Irrigation

In this lesson, students will learn about the specific needs of plants, design a rainwater irrigation system and test the effectiveness of the system. A standard plot of garden plants will be exposed to the rain water delivery systems designed by students. Students will then measure the growth of their plants irrigated by different systems.

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Gardening | Grades 7-12 |

Hydroponic Vertical Farming: Helping Feed Our Growing Population

By 2050, it’s estimated that 80 percent of the world’s 9.2 billion population will live in urban areas. In this lesson students will gain an understanding of what a seed needs in order to grow into a healthy plant, and what a vertical farm is by comparing and contrasting this method of food production with conven-tional farming methods. Students will design their own rubric; research best practices; create blueprints; and modify and build a working model of an indoor vertical hydroponic farm through collaborative efforts using recycled materials. This closed system should last six or more months, which allows students time for reflection, entertainment and a healthy snack.

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Gardening | Grades 6-12 |

Greenhouse Technology

Students will use a greenhouse to germinate seeds and grow plants to better understand the science and dynamics of a greenhouse. For schools without greenhouses students will research, design and create a cost analysis of building a greenhouse at school.

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Gardening | Grades 7-12 |

Genetically Modified Plants: Integrated Pest Management Part 3

Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs, are a very hot topic, but how much do you really know about the science be-hind them? Through science, farmers have been able to reduce the amount of pesticides used, increase yields and improve flavor. This lesson will explore what a GMO is and why we are using them in today’s agriculture.

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Gardening | Grades 6-12 |

Florida Irrigation

This lesson and associated experiments will introduce students to the reasons why irrigation is needed to feed the world and the different types of irrigation being used.

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Gardening |

Activity: Design on a Dime

Students will be able to utilize reusable or biodegradable mate-rials to create sustainable gardening systems.

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Gardening |

Activity: Creating a Plastic Tote Hydroponic Garden

To educate students about the hydroponic system where they will be able to compare and contrast the various aspects to traditional gardening.

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Gardening | Grades 6-8 |

Alternatives to Traditional Gardening

In this project-based learning lesson, students will read articles and view digital media to gather information about plant growth. They will learn about the nutrients plants need and the environmental factors that contribute to healthy plant growth. They will explore how people who live in urban areas get their food as well as learn alternative gardening methods including hydroponics, aquaponics, container gardening and vertical gardening. The students will research at least two of the gardening methods that interest them using multiple sourc-es such as interviews, articles and videos. They will compare and contrast the gardening methods they research and then write an opinion essay on the gardening method they prefer, us-ing evidence from their sources to support their position. The students will then work in teams to design and construct an alternative garden using recycled materials. Using the rubric, they will organize their information and use digital resources to prepare a presentation.

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