A Complete Science Learning Kit Sparks Wonder
What kinds of food plants grow in your neighborhood? How much of the food you eat is locally grown? Does your family grow any of the food you eat? Explore these topics and more with this workbook and learning kit for grades 3–5. This learning kit supports distance learning but does not rely on having internet access at home.
Lessons Align with NGSS Standards while Fostering a Sense of Place
The learning kit includes a workbook, a measuring tape, thermometer, pipette, hand magnifier, package of seeds, small envelope, labels, and colored pencils. The materials and books come together in a ziplock bag, ready to take outside.
Each of the eight lessons works toward specific learning outcomes in one of four themes from the Hawai‘i School Garden Curriculum Map: sense of place, the living soil-the living plant, nourishment, and natureʻs designs. Each lesson connects to the Next Generation Science Standards and some connect to the National Health Education Standards.
Each lesson has five parts: connecting, noticing, sensemaking, modeling, and reflecting. The first part connects the lesson to students’ lives. In the next section, students notice important features of a phenomenon, such as its patterns. In sensemaking, students use science ideas, such as cause and effect, to explain why the phenomenon happens. In modeling, students create representations that describe how a phenomenon happens. Finally, and most importantly, students reflect on what they have learned to connect it back to their own lives and cultures. The lessons were developed with a focus on the values, practices, words, places, and phenomena that are common to Hawaiʻi and Guam to foster a strong sense of place as students work through the activities.