Our new virtual classroom

November 02, 2011 | 11:11 am

Teachers know the extra activities, visuals, and real life connections that make a “good” classroom lesson “great.”  The Nutrients for Life Foundation is excited to add another avenue for making your soil science lesson even more engaging and effective: The Virtual Classroom.

This interactive tool complements the Nutrients for Life Foundation’s free plant and soil science curriculum for elementary, middle, and high school classrooms.  For instance, Nutrients for Life blogger Dee McKenna brings a horticulturalist and farmer to your classroom to help students learn why soil nutrition is important.  These short and informative pieces are great openers to a unit or lesson on soil science.  Nearly 96 percent of teachers who have used Nourishing the Planet in the 21st Century curriculum say it was helpful in creating lesson plans.  So fire up that projector or SMART Board™ and prepare to “wow.”   The lessons are as follows:

Elementary Lessons:

  • Plants Around You – Students are encouraged to explore the world around them and identify the different plants, the different parts of plants, and what they need to grow healthy.
  • Properties of Soil – Students investigate different soils’ characteristics and properties through comparison and contrast activities.
  • Plant Soil Interactions – Students will learn about the root systems of plants and their role in the transporting water and nutrients throughout the plant.
  • Plant Growth Affects the Soil – Plants get their nutrients from fertilizer in the soil, however when plants are harvested those nutrients are removed. Students will learn about this process and how farmers care for their land.
  • How Does Your Garden Grow – Students will have the opportunity to plan a garden and learn the importance of planning before planting.

 

Middle/High School Lessons:

  • In Search of Essential Nutrients – Students will learn how plants get the nutrients they need at the micro and macro levels.
  • Properties of Soil – Students investigate different soil characteristics and properties through comparison and contrast activities.
  • Plant-Soil Interactions – Students will learn about the root systems of plants and their role in the transporting water and nutrients throughout the plant.
  •  Plant Nutrient Deficiencies – Students will assume the role of “plant doctors” to identify nutrient deficiencies and recommend solutions.
  • Fertilizers and the Environment/Nourishing the Planet in the 21st Century – With the forecasted population growth, students will connect science to social issues and explore how farmers are learning to produce more food on less land to feed a hungry population.

 

A hands-on learning activity accompanies each lesson, which is easy to implement in any classroom.