K – 5th Grade
Connecting Science, Technology and Social Studies to Foster Sustainability
The Greenhouse Project K-5th grade curriculum is comprised of 80 lesson plans per grade designed to cover one year of science instruction with a twice a week teaching period (480 lesson-plans total for K-5th grade).
The Greenhouse Project K-5th grade curriculum is cyclical; all K-5th grade lesson plans are housed in four units of study. Each unit is developed under the umbrella of a “big idea” that is recurrent year after year but addresses deeper content based on differentiated essential questions and daily guiding questions.
The four units of study and four “big-ideas” are:
- UNIT ONE: A World of Systems: students learn about models, comprehend what a system is and how everything within a system is connected. This unit explains processes, changes and cycles to students.
- UNIT TWO: Interacting with the Environment: students understand methods of human interaction and discovery, ways that organisms interact with ecosystems, as well as behaviors and characteristics of the environment.
- UNIT THREE: Conserve to Sustain: students learn about the use of energy and natural resources, understand their impact on nature and the need to maintain equilibrium. Topics include pollution, waste management, and agriculture.
- UNIT FOUR: Sustainable Solutions, Sustainable Cities: students connect to concepts of sustainability and understand the need to improve local and global environments. Students learn engineering and design concepts as well as machine applications through classroom projects.
The Greenhouse Project Curriculum uses innovative technology to provide new possibilities for teaching and learning, therefore all lessons are related to The Greenhouse Project systems through experimentation and practice.
“I willingly leave my future in the hands of my students and I do so with genuine trust.”
—Shakira Provasoli, Teacher at The Sun Works Center at PS333