Water Cycle: Waterwise Gardening

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What is the relationship between soil moisture and the presence or absence of mulch? is the driving question of a guided inquiry-based lesson. Pupils investigate the affects that mulch has on soil and apply their findings to how plants grow. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Ask for assistance in obtaining materials by sending a letter home to parents and guardians 
  • Bring, and invite learners, to bring in gardening gloves to wear as they work with the plants
  • Allow class members to taste test the planted vegetables if they have grown properly 
Classroom Considerations

  • The resource is 8th in a series of 14 STEM lesson plans
  • If your school does not have a garden, gather small pots and label each one with its contents 
Pros

  • The lesson plan is written clearly and in detail
  • Three set-up options are provided 
  • Notes from the author offer advice and insight into how he conducted the lesson 
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS