Garden and Living Science Classroom
Our Life Lab class engages students in the exploration of science in an exciting and meaningful way, helping students create a sense of wonder and excitement about the world around them. The Life Lab curriculum for all ages includes environmental sciences and stewardship. Our outdoor garden allows students to plan, care for and take responsibility for their own environment. The students are constantly making observations, conducting experiments and developing a curiosity and appreciation for the natural world.
Each class is responsible for their own class garden bed, which stays with them from year to year. By the time students are in sixth grade they have had the experience of working in the same garden bed for seven years. This allows them to observe first hand how gardens change and grow from season to season. In Kindergarten through third grade, the students share responsibility for the entire class bed. When they reach fourth grade each student takes care of their own garden plot which they share with a partner. The students all plant their own seeds which grow in the greenhouse, transplant their plants to their bed and then they harvest and cook the food they grow.
In addition to their gardening tasks, students learn about the variety of plant and animal life that help our garden; nutrition and food choices; different habitats and ecosystems; soil, water and rock cycles; forest ecology and environmental studies; renewable and non-renewable resources and both international and domestic agriculture.
SPECIFIC TOPICS BY GRADE
- Kindergarten – Worm investigations, seed investigations, compost studies, nocturnal, crepuscular, diurnal animals, camouflage, leaf studies
- First Grade – Insect studies (ants and butterflies), six plant parts, animal adaptations and weather
- Second Grade – Decomposition, soil studies, photosynthesis, leaf studies, food chains, and inter-connectivity, anthropoid exploration
- Third Grade – Discovery and uses of five senses, wheat harvesting, baking, spider exploration, habitats and ecosystems, waste reduction, forest ecology