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ERIC Number: EJ1001318
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 0
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Reading a Garden
Bang-Jensen, Valerie
Educational Leadership, v69 Online Jun 2012
School gardens--and efforts to connect gardening to K-12 learning--are burgeoning. Children's gardens--green spaces that keep in mind the way children play and explore an outdoor space--have been one of the biggest recent trends in gardening. Progressive educators have long promoted gardening as an opportunity to connect knowledge about plants, animals, and ecosystems with personal experience--and as a natural way for students to develop an understanding of science. In addition to generating inquiry about nature, gardens help teachers authentically integrate botanical knowledge and broader science concepts into the school day. Although the relationships among science, math, and gardens are readily apparent, gardening isn't a boon for these two disciplines only. Think of the role that garden exploration might play in strengthening literacy. Gardening can inspire students to read, discover, research, write, and inform themselves and fellow gardeners. In this article, the author discusses three ways teachers can use authentic student activity in gardens to enrich literacy--and how literacy meshes with student experiences in a garden. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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