Outdoor Learning Opportunities
Where does your garden grow? Every grade level at Mound has a designated learning garden. Kindergartners grow vegetables and flowers right outside their own classrooms, while first and second graders farm the central garden boxes. Third graders are the stewards of the beautiful butterfly garden and Monarch Way Station. In fourth grade, students study plant adaptations in the native species garden. Fifth graders experiment with aquaponic farming in their specially-designed greenhouse.
What do Mound students learn from their gardens? Students use their gardening experiences to study Next Generation Science Standards topics such as parts of plants and their uses, life cycles of plants and insects, animal and plant adaptations, ways to prevent erosion, alternative forms of energy, and how ecosystems function. They also integrate their gardening experiences into other subjects, including math, language arts, health, and computer science.
How do Mound's learning gardens grow Global Citizens? By studying agriculture and botany, Mound students will grow up being more prepared to help address the world's Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Specifically, they will have a foundation in Goal #2: Zero Hunger; Goal #3: Good Health and Well-Being; Goal #7: Affordable and Clean Energy; Goal #9: Industry , Innovation, and Infrastructure; Goal #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities; Goal #12: Responsible Consumption and Production; and Goal #15: Life on Land. (www.globalgoals.org)