Promoting Sustainability Through a School Garden

This interdisciplinary unit is designed for use in the second grade classroom. Throughout the unit’s weekly lessons and activities, students will learn how a garden can serve as a solution towards creating a community that is self-sustaining. They will also have the opportunity to design, engineer, and create a small school garden. Students will then select the location around which a proposal will be created depending where they believe the island would best benefit from having a garden.
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Standards Aligned

Next Generation Science Standards, Social Studies (C3), Common Core Math, Common Core ELA, Na Hapena A'o

Community Partner(s)

  • Local plant nursery: Donate soil/compost and materials for students to build their garden boxes.
  • Local farm(s): Facilitate student field trip to farm and participate in activities.
  • Community partners based on where students design their authentic assessment proposal around: Invited to watch presentation of students’ final proposal.

Essential Question

How can a garden support sustainable practices to help local communities?

Enduring Understanding

  • Students will understand the meaning and importance of sustainability.
  • Students will understand the steps to create a functioning garden.
  • Students will understand how a garden can provide food sustainability.
  • Students will understand other various sustainable uses of a garden (e.g. composting, artwork, dyeing material, etc.).

Learner Level Elementary

Primary Content Agriculture, STEM, Math