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School Garden

Lesson Description:
In this lesson, students survey the area around their school to determine if there is any erosion and what is causing it. Based on this observation, they then find the best place for a school garden and pond and recognize the value of planting on areas where there is soil erosion. This lesson is best suited for 4th graders and adheres to Canadian fourth grade curriculum expectations.
Lesson Type:
  • Other

Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening
  • Waste Reduction

Time Needed:
90 minutes
Standards Addressed:
  • 4s101: Demonstrate an understanding of the physical properties of rocks and minerals and the effects of erosion on the landscape
  • 4s119: Determine positive and negative effects of human alteration of the landscape
  • 4s120: Identify ways in which soil erosion can be controlled or minimized, and create a plan for reducing erosion of soil in a local field or plot
  • 4s121: Design, build, and test a system to control the effects of soil erosion
  • 4s123: Conduct their investigations of the outdoor environment in a responsible way and with respect for the environment
  • 4e1: Communicate ideas and information for a variety of purposes and to specific audiences
  • 4e41: Begin to develop research skills
  • 4a43: Produce two- and three-dimensional works of art (i.e., works involving media and techniques used in drawing, painting, sculpting, printmaking) that communicate thoughts, feelings, and ideas for specific purposes and to specific audiences

Materials Needed:
  • materials for diagrams and garden models

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