Curriculum

COVID-19 Adaptations

Resources for Remote Learning

The new “Lessons for Remote Learning” section of the NY Sun Works Learning Center is home to versions of our in-person lessons adapted into student facing Google Slides for easy integration into Google Classroom. These interactive presentations allow students to engage in topics they would otherwise be learning about in their Greenhouse Classroom by way of NY Sun Works Reports, vidoes, and the new Let’s Investigate video series. In the short Let’s Investigate videos, NY Sun Works staff introduce and demonstrate how to set up investigations exploring topics like thigmotropism and what plants need to grow and thrive, at home.

Home Hydroponic Kits

The NY Sun Works Home Hydroponic Kits enable students, with teacher guidance, to grow, study, and run investigations with plants from home or in the classroom. The kits are designed to engage students with topics they would otherwise be learning about in their Greenhouse Classrooms. Kits will also offer students the opportunity to practice observation and data collection skills. Kits are accompanied by curriculum divided into 3 Units.

  • Unit 1 is designed to be used before kit use. These lessons establish scientific content, build scientific observation skills/methodology, and lay a foundation of sustainability science and urban agriculture.
  • Unit 2 is designed to optimize learning opportunities of the kit experience, by using hands-on observations about the kit, and the plants that students’ grow, to bolster science content and drive sustainability concepts.
  • Unit 3 is designed to be investigation-based. Students use the remaining Kit materials in setting up their investigations:
    • Geotropism – How do roots know how to grow?
    • Phototropism – Do plants sense light?
    • Thigmotropism – How and why do plants climb?
    • Plant Needs – What do plants need to live?

The Greenhouse Project core curriculum introduces students to cutting-edge technology and connects science and the environment through sustainable urban farming. The curriculum has been designed to inspire students to ask questions, investigate systems, make predictions and design solutions.

The curriculum emphasizes the child’s perspective in the process of learning and promotes project based, critical thinking, and collaborative work. Understanding is achieved through discussion and collaboration as a result of the combination of practice and conceptual explanations.

With the Greenhouse Project Curriculum, students not only address mandated requirements of the NYC Scope and Sequence Standards based on the NGSS, they go beyond by learning about issues of today’s environmental concerns. Students develop an understanding of climate change, population impact, water resources management, energy resources impact, contamination, conservation, food production, health and nutrition.

The students at PS89 are elated to participate in the Greenhouse Project program. Their enthusi­asm is evident in their newfound apprecia­tion for nutrition, desire for greater access to healthy food, and their excitement over the growth of their plants.

—Irene Leon, Principal PS89, Cypress Hills
Com­munity School