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ERIC Number: EJ820259
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1542-4715
Grow Science Achievement in Your Library with School Gardens
Mackey, Bonnie; Stewart, Jeniffer Mackey
Library Media Connection, v27 n3 p34-37 Nov-Dec 2008
Over the past decade or so, gardens have been blossoming in schools all across the United States. These gardens are as varied as their schools and are as unique as each child who tends to them. Some are bountiful vegetable gardens, and others are arid natural habitat gardens. Some are acres of land with entire classes devoted to their teachings while others are window boxes that give children in urban areas a glimpse of nature. As hands-on learning labs for all classroom subjects, school gardens have captured the attention of research universities and state education agencies, and recent studies demonstrate what educators have known for years: by nurturing budding minds, gardening activities produce test scores that blossom and grow. Likewise, students' behaviors, environmental attitudes, and nutritional preferences improve as a result of exposures to gardening activities. The three most popular school gardens are vegetable, natural habitat, and butterfly. While all three types provide joy and wonder to children, natural habitat gardens have become a growing trend across schoolyards. This article describes the natural habitat garden type and some gardening resources for it. It then discusses important things needed in natural habitat gardens such as: (1) location; (2) landscape map; (3) four layers of vegetation; (4) labeling the garden; (5) ponds and bird baths. An activity called "Vegetation on a Plate" is also presented.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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