Students Learn How Plants Grow and Change by Harvesting Vegetables
Kindergarten students in the Middle County Central School District’s Unity Drive Pre-K/Kindergarten Center recently participated in a district-wide gardening activity. As part of the activity, the class was challenged to cultivate a garden and grow food that they could eat themselves. Students then used their green thumbs and their knowledge of science to harvest spinach, lettuce and radishes from their box gardens.
In addition, the students learned how plants grow and change over time, and how to harvest and care for plants. These students observed their garden and recorded data in their Class Garden Books. The students celebrated their hard work by eating their newly-harvested vegetables in a salad.
The activity was intended to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) within the school’s kindergarten curriculum and to give the students a sense of pride by growing a garden of their own.
Students at Middle Country Central School District’s Unity Drive Pre-K/Kindergarten Center help harvest vegetables they planted in box gardens to research the question, “Can we, as a class, cultivate a garden and grow food that we can eat ourselves?” The students used science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) lessons to learn how plants grow and change over time.
A kindergarten student of the Unity Drive Pre-K/Kindergarten Center enjoys a salad during their Kinder-Garden party in the Middle Country Central School District. The students planted, observed and harvested vegetables as part of their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) lessons. The students were able to use the vegetables for food in celebration of the completion of the lesson.
A kindergarten student from Middle Country Central School District’s Unity Drive Pre-K/Kindergarten Center displays her “Class Garden Book,” after growing, observing and harvesting vegetables. The students used science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) lessons to observe plant growth and record data in these books.