Farm to Fork: June 19-22
Activities will explore adolescent nutrition, gardening, local farming versus industrial, native crops, how to understand seasonal crop availability, “food miles”- the carbon footprint of our food, why eating in season and local help support a cleaner environment and healthier diet, natural ways of keeping soil healthy through composting, exploring the pros and cons of chemical fertilizers. Cooking/food prep demos that focus on healthy eating that students can prepare. We can use an on-site school garden or some container-garden elements can be brought to the school site.
- Pre-survey- How does our garden grow?– Why is growing local food important? What do all plants need to survive? How are plants like your own body? How can we best care for our plants here? Why is our soil sometimes not able to grow the things we need? What are the parts of a plant? Pair/share reflections from the survey- Discuss health issues that are facing our community. Matching parts of a plant/ Skit or song about photo synthesis.
- Local means what?– Explore why local food can be better for our bodies, environment and community. Exploring the “food miles” of what we eat. (if garden is available) Add compost to soil- prep a compost bin. Activities: Plant winter greens or other chosen seeds. *Talk with a local farmer
- Healthy Growth, Healthy Water, Healthy Plants- Exploring what the differences are between organic, conventional and what is GMO? Why is water important and what are some issues with our local water? What might happen if we use too much fertilizer? Activities to include: Compare/contrast what may be better- organically grown or heavily fertilized. Watershed activity – showing impact on our water, if we use too much fertilizer or add other items into area run-off. Water and care for our own plants, add compost
- What is native and in season?– Exploring native/in season fruits and vegetables versus not native. Compare/contrast benefits and challenges of both. Map the story of a peach and that of a banana- make story/map poster. Water/add compost to garden Bug safari- What do we see?
- Food for Health- Explore what types of health issues we face in our community. How has food been able to help in some ways? Bring in articles/power point/magazines. What fruit or vegetable might help with certain health issues? How can we make sure those in our community know? Make skits/videos/posters.
- Cooking Demo/Food Sampling– Cooking demo including some items that are growing in our garden. Sampling some of these items raw and/or cooked. Water/compost garden- Post Survey
- Down on the Farm: Field study to City Roots Urban Farm or USC Green Quad’s Community Farm & Garden
Where the Wild Things Are: July 10-13
Students will gain a fuller understanding of the ecosystems, human environmental interaction, the water-cycle and how urbanization affects the water quality. Students will also explore issues regarding endangered species, threats to our watersheds and riparian ecosystems, research the regions of South Carolina to answer the following questions: What species of plants and animals live there? What environmental concerns are in these regions? How can students actively help protect threatened ecosystems or species? What engineering is involved keeping watershed safety and health? How do humans impact the watershed and river systems in South Carolina? Additionally, student will a deeper understanding about complex food webs, understanding what natives and non-native species are, understanding the threat of native species on native. Simulation activities and games to be included explore native, food webs, issues facing species should one part of the food web collapse, understanding adaptations that help animals survive.
- Get in the Zone: Exploring local riparian zones and our local watersheds/streams. Who lives here? How do they survive- what adaptations do they have? What challenges do the ecosystems of our local waterways face? Students will explore native species of our local area. Games and activities focus on understanding types of species, how food webs work, how certain animals may be threatened by human activities.
- Where in the World? Student teams explore different ecosystems and habitats. They research what may live there, what animals may be endangered and why. They also help create a piece of art/skit/poem or song about the amazing animals they learn about and why they need to be protected. (computer lab needed)
- What Happens if? Simulation games about how food webs and ecosystems can be threatened and/or revitalized depending on how humans become involved. Web of life simulation games, “Story of Stuff” curriculum and creating info-graphics.
- Cha-cha-cha changes: How do animals adapt and survive in the wild? What behavioral and/or physical changes happen either seasonally or through parts of their lives. We will also study the changes of metamorphosis of insects and amphibians
- Field Study: Congaree National Forest or River Banks Zoo
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