Grow and Give with Hydroponics

Teacher(s): Nathan Fischer
Main Contact: Lyndsey Fischer Email:
Date: 12/5/2011 Building: Thornapple Kellogg Lee Elementary Grade Level: 2nd Grade
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Project Overview

Give a brief overview of the project you are planning.

Our second grade classes will grow plants using Hydroponics while studying parts of a plant and fulfilling the social studies standard of advocating for a local cause. Food that is produced using Hydroponics will be donated to the local Fresh Food Initiative of Barry County.

Effective Practice: MEANINGFUL SERVICE

Service learning actively engages participants in meaningful and personally relevant service activities.

What community need will you address and how did you determine the need?

This project will address hunger in our community. Through class discussion, the students have learned about food banks and the need of donations in our community.

What service will you provide to address the need?

We will grow fresh vegetables to be donated to our local Fresh Food Initiative.


Effective Practice: LINK TO CURRICULUM

Service learning is intentionally used as an instructional strategy to meet learning goals and/or content standards.

How is this project related to your curriculum?

• P4.2 Citizen Involvement

o Act constructively to further the public good.

o 2 – P4.2.1 Develop and implement an action plan to address or inform others about a public issue.

• L.OL.03.31 Describe the function of the following plant parts: flower, stem, root, and leaf.

What are the educational goals?

1) Students will identify a community need and determine ways they can help fulfill that need.
2) Students will collaborate with classmates to develop and carry out a service project to address an identified need in Barry County.
3) Students will gain an increased awareness of economic issues.
4) Students will exercise a variety of character traits, particularly citizenship, caring, respect, and responsibility.


Curriculum Crafter Connections

Strand: 03 ELA (Speaking and Listening)
TLW: TLW Build Comprehension through collaborative conversations through grade topics and texts (Gist: Comprehension and Collaboration)

Strand: 03 ELA (Speaking and Listening)
TLW: TLW Add a visual or auditory presentation to enhance or help clarify the knowledge and ideas (Gist: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas)

Additional State Standards and Benchmarks

List standards and benchmarks met by this project.

P4.2 Citizen Involvement

o Act constructively to further the public good.

o 2 – P4.2.1 Develop and implement an action plan to address or inform others about a public issue.

• L.OL.03.31 Describe the function of the following plant parts: flower, stem, root, and leaf.
• 03:(Data and Probability) TLW Construct, Read and Interpret Data and Read and Interpret Bar Graphs and use information in bar graphs to solve problems.
• 3-P4.2.2: (Public Discourse, Decision Making, Citizen Involvement) TLW participate in projects to help or inform others.


Effective Practice: REFLECTION

Service learning incorporates multiple challenging reflection activities that are ongoing and that prompt deep thinking and analysis about oneself and one’s relationship to society.

What form(s) of reflection will you use with the students to help them identify what they have learned and accomplished?

During the growing period, the students will learn the parts of a plant and track the growth using bar graphs to evaluate the success.

The students will deliver the vegetables grown to the Fresh Food Initiative. We will discuss as a class the impact of our efforts on the lives of the people in Barry County.


Effective Practice: DIVERSITY

Service learning promotes understanding of diversity and mutual respect among all participants.

What types of diverse perspectives and experiences will be explored as part of your project?

(i.e.: cultural, generational, abilities/disabilities, learning styles, etc)

Through this experience the students are being exposed to several levels of economic status.


Effective Practice: YOUTH VOICE

Service learning provides youth with a strong voice in planning, implementing, and evaluating service learning experiences with guidance from adults.

How will students gain ownership of the project?

This project is the idea of the students, and from the start, they have been in charge of developing and implementing the plan.



Service learning partnerships are collaborative, mutually beneficial, and address community needs.

Who will you partner with for this project?

Fresh Food Initiative of Barry County

How will students benefit from this partnership?

The students will gain knowledge about plants and their local community.

How will the partner benefit from this collaboration?

The efforts of the Lee Elementary students to donate fresh vegetables to the Fresh Food Initiative will enable the organization to provide a healthy option to its recipients.



Service learning engages participants in an ongoing process to assess the quality of implementation and progress toward meeting specified goals, and uses results for improvement and sustainability.

How will you assess the student learning goals?

Students will be assessed by common assessments and self-evaluation at the end of the project.

How will you assess your service goals?

The feedback we receive from the Fresh Food Initiative will allow the students to learn about the impact of their efforts on the recipients.



Service learning has sufficient duration and intensity to address community needs and meet specified outcomes.

How will you prepare students for this experience?

Class discussions will help the students gain an understanding of everything involved in carrying out a service project of this kind.

What are some sample possible activities students might do as part of this project?

Students are:

1) Planning the timeline for the project from start to finish

2) Writing informational blurbs to be shared on the school’s morning announcements and put in classroom newsletters.

3) Keeping track of progress.



The three arms of sustainability are environmental stewardship, economic growth, and social progress. Think planet, profit, and people.

Describe how your project addresses the issue of sustainability?

Too often we ask students to bring in money to fund a project. Funding a project from a created product will alleviate students asking their parents for money! Realizing that we can earn money rather than just get money will keep this project going.

The Hydroponics process helps sustain the environment, promotes the “new” economy and social justice.

In other words, Hydroponics helps the planet, promotes profit and serves other people.

The project promotes sustainability on many levels.

The Hydroponics process promotes:

1. sustainable agriculture and a green planet

2. an economical method for raising plans and vegetables

3. a new method for growing produce as part of a new economy to help lower social economic groups