This Connected article by Sophie Fern explores how the Balaclava School gardening club investigated where was the best place to grow vegetables over Dunedin’s cold winter months. It introduces students to plant needs and design considerations to ensure healthy food growth indoors.
The students couldn't change the weather but knowing that temperature impacts plants and their growth, maybe they could build a special room with its own climate for growing plants. Their investigations included researching which plants would thrive best inside and which would be better in the special Living Room greenhouse.
Check your school resource area for the article from the 2017 level 2 Connected journal ‘Taking Action’ download it as a Google slide presentation or order it from the Ministry of Education.
The teacher support material (TSM) can be downloaded from TKI (Word and PDF files available, click on 'Look inside this issue'). It has three learning activities – Grow your own, Where are you from? and Māori gardening – that support students to explore and develop understandings about the ‘engage with science’ capability.
Nature of science
This article provides pictures and diagrams that enable students to engage with interpreting representations to make sense of text and connect it to visual formats. By growing a range of vegetables at school, the students in this article can share their findings with their community. This is a good opportunity to show readers ways that science can enable contribution to their local communities through participation.
Use Plant reproduction – literacy and numeracy learning links to record and deepen student understanding of key science ideas.
Explore the life cycle of plants further with these articles:
- Flowering plant life cycles
- Flower parts
- The seed-flower life cycle
- Vegetative plant propagation
- Plant reproduction without seeds
Check out our entire range of Connected articles here. We’ve curated them by topic and concepts.
Try these activities with your students:
- Plant parts
- Let's look at flowers
- Student-led investigations about seeds
- Growing new plants without seeds
For more resources linking science and gardens and plants, see our Garden collection – full of resources to support planning to develop a school garden. Log in to make this collection part of your private collection, just click on the copy icon. You can then add additional content and notes and make other changes). We also have a Garden science Pinterest board.
The teacher support material for Garden with science (Connected 2014, level 2) includes activities for testing the pH of soil and gathering data about the local climate. Check your school resource area for a copy.
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