Core Curriculum K - 5 grade

Connecting Science, Technology and Social Studies to Foster Sustainability

The Greenhouse Project Kindergarten through 5th grade 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.

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. Click here to see more about the classrooms systems

With the Greenhouse Project Curriculum, students not only learn the general requirements of the mandated New York State Science Standards and the Scope and Sequence Standards, they go beyond by addressing issues of today’s environmental global concern. Students develop an understanding of climate change, population impact, water management, energy sources, contamination, conservation, food production, health and nutrition.


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:

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.