Through Greenhouse With No Green, Northfield Community School (Atlantic County) teachers Lisa McClay and Adam Law, along with school administrators, seventh grade students, interested middle school students, and parents knowledgeable in gardening will work together to maintain a greenhouse. The school currently has a greenhouse that has fallen in to disuse. Thanks to a $4,579 grant from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education, the “greenhouse team” will design a functional layout, develop rules and procedures for the greenhouse, and order all the necessary materials to make the greenhouse functional.
Students will engage in lessons on horticulture. They will learn to compost, force bulbs, and propagate from cuttings. They will plant seeds and take part in the Hybrid Corn genetic study. Throughout the year, students will monitor air and soil temperatures, humidity, and irrigation. Activities will take place during science class, enrichment periods, and after school. A literature connection will take place during enrichment periods. The project will be assessed through student portfolios.
At the end of the school year, students and teachers will volunteer to take home the plants and care for them over the summer.
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