This lesson is meant to be used with the GreenSpace Sunflower Grow Kit. Comes FREE with the purchase of 10 kits.
Aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.
The purpose of Learn and Grow Sustainably is to teach students of all ages to appreciate the interaction between humans, plants, and the environment. Our Sunflower Grow Kit is fully compostable and allows students to witness the growth of an edible food product within 10 days. This lesson plan series will help students to learn about plant growth, nutrition, and physiology as well as a little bit of materials science through experiments on our kit’s compostable plastic container. These topics are important for fostering a sense of environmental stewardship for a more sustainable future.
The activities in this two part lesson series are optimized for grades 3-5 and are aligned with the science standards for that grade band. However, this lesson can be adapted to suit K-2, Middle School, High School, and Adult Education by aligning the lessons to similar standards at different grade levels. If you are an outreach coordinator or a college instructor, we hope that you will find these lessons useful for your students as well. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about this process. We have found the online searchable version of the Next Generation Science Standards to be invaluable for aligning our content modern science education methods, which can be found at http://www.nextgenscience.org/search-standards
We developed the lessons in this series to accompany the Sunflower Microgreen Grow Kit, which is available through our website, at farmers’ markets and local businesses in the area, and Amazon.com. Below is the web address to purchase kits. Please contact us directly if you are interested in placing an order greater than 50 kits.
If you have used our lesson plans and want to share your results with us or let us know about your creative adaptations to our work, please share it on our twitter page by using the following account name and hashtag:
@growgreenspace and #MyGrowKit
Thank you for giving our lesson plans a try! We hope you and your students enjoy them!
We thank Brendan Mullan, Amanda Joy, Chris Butch, Diane Keller, and Anne McHugh for providing invaluable feedback in the review and editing of this lesson plan series. We also gratefully acknowledge Daniel Klock and Reba Paul for designing and testing the GreenSpace Sunflower Grow Kit.
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