Saturday, September 30, 2017

Tower Garden Challenge - Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Grant

Team Newell Tower Garden

Think of the food you ate today, in the last week, and over the last year. Where did it come from? Did you grow any of it yourself? What resources were needed to produce it? It takes nearly 1.76 acres of land to grow the fruits and vegetables needed to feed a family of four for one year, and closer to 2 acres if wheat and corn are included. Fruits and vegetables are part of a healthy diet; but is there a less land-intensive way to grow them? Team Newell students will try to scientifically answer this question this year with support of a Martha Holden JenningsFoundation Grant.

What is your project? Funding supports teachers implementing specific, deep learning projects.
Team Newell students will work together as scientists to test claims that aeroponic growing methods such as The Tower Garden can 
produce more food in ways that use less land and water. Students will design and conduct a scientific experiment that rigorously tests and compares growing plants in the Tower Garden system with traditional, horizontal, soil-based methods. Using scientific methods of inquiry and data collection, students will take specific and accurate measurements, manage variables, make detailed observations, maintain a lab journal, visually represent their findings, draw conclusions, and consider aeroponic gardenings' future implications and real-world applications. Students will present their findings to local farmers and other community members such as our community partner, the First Citizens National Bank to explain the experiment, what they learned, and how it connects to real world problems that we face now or might in the future.

Describe what you want to accomplish with this project.
What are the anticipated student outcomes related to this specific project?
I plan to accomplish improving my students' critical thinking skills such as reasoning and problem solving by providing real life experiences that make educational standards relevant. Vertical gardening is a potential solution to many of the food production challenges the Earth’s population faces as it grows. By participating in this research, students have the opportunity to take part in research with a purpose, conduct original research, and use their data to form conclusions. Students will emulate the behaviors of adult scientists and will think about how science can help address issues in our community. Students will work in teams, provide feedback to each other, serve in a variety of classroom roles, and use their own unique data to make a claim related to the challenge. Students will have the opportunity to make choices about where they donate the fruits or vegetables when they harvest. The Tower Garden Challenge will not only motivate students to eat fruits and vegetables, but it will also provide meaningful data to integrate into math lesson, writing lessons, science lessons, and cooperative learning lessons. Students will not only benefit physically, but they will also benefit academically from the implementation of this project.

How does this project address the Martha Holden Jennings Deep learning expectations?
Taking specific and accurate measurements, managing variables, making detailed observations, maintaining a lab journal, visually representing findings, drawing conclusions, and considering aeroponic gardenings' future implications will not only help develop students' problem solving and critical thinking skills, but it will also engage students in meaningful project based learning.  In designing and carrying out their experiments, students will develop skills in scientific inquiry, scientific communication, and evidence based reasoning. Working in teams, providing feedback to each other, serving in a variety of classroom roles, and using their own unique data to make a claim related to the challenge fosters students' self-directed learning skills and makes Common Core Standards meaningful, relevant, and effective. Applying Tower Garden data in math lessons, writing lessons, geography lessons, and cooperative learning lessons engages students in interdisciplinary learning. New content and skills will be learned in more than one step and with

multiple levels of analysis so that students will apply the skills in way that change thinking or behaviors about growing fruits and vegetables.

Are you interested in getting your own Tower Garden?  


Contact a local JuicePlus+ Representative to get you started! 
I have 2 outstanding helpers! (Karen Smith and Joan Musgrave) 


We have just started our Tower Garden Journey 
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Students will be using Google Docs to record results, and they will also use iPads to take photos of their plant growth. We will use Addy app and Pic Jointer for photo documentation. 

Team Newell Table Manner Poster Video

Tower Garden Tasting Party Video

Mrs. Haley's 3rd Grade Buttercup approved our Tower Garden lettuce! 

Buttercup Approved! 
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