Sustainable Plant Propagation

District: Kent Intermediate School District Building: Kent Transition Center
Teacher(s): Laura Robinson
Main Contact: Laura Robinson Email:
Grade Level: 11th and 12th Subject(s): Horticulture
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Project Overview

Give a brief overview of the project you are planning.

We want to create a sustainable project—-We want to put in a watering system, so that plants we grow can be watered over the summer when no one is around. The students would be involved in the installation of this project, then we would learn different propagation methods, and we would propagate outdoor deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs. The students would be involved in the care, pruning, and fertilization of the plants.

The plants would then be used to support different organizations (for example, students who are building homes for Habitat for Humanity, could access our plants for free, or have us place them in an installation>)


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?

We will partner with local schools who are involved in service learning projects in their communities.

What service will you provide to address the need?

We will grow trees and shrubs, vegetables and flowers for other schools to use in their projects whether they are providing food for food banks, landscaping a Habitat for Humanity house, or working to beautify their neighborhoods.


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?

We do a large unit on Plant Propagation so this relates directly with our curriculum, this grant will allow us to venture into hardwood and softwood cuttings because now they will be cared for over the hot summer months.

We also teach fertilization, watering, and pest management.

What are the educational goals?

1. Propagation Techniques
2. Drafting (placing plants after they are grown)
3. Giving—to those programs/people in need
4. Garden/Landscape Installation—bed preparation, soil analysis, suitable plant material, etc.


Curriculum Crafter Connections

Strand: BIO
TLW: Describe the processes of photosynthesis and cellular respiration (aerobic and anaerobic) and the role of ATP as it relates to these processes. (Gist: Photosynthesis and Respiration)

Additional State Standards and Benchmarks

List standards and benchmarks met by this project.

Strand: BIO: (Inquiry, Reflection, and Social Implications)
TLW: Understand the nature of science and demonstrate and ability to practice scientific reasoning by applying it to the design, implementation, and evaluation of scientific investigations. (Gist: Inquiry)

BIO: Interdependence of Living Systems and the Environment)
TLW: Explain factors that influence population dynamics, evaluate situations that disrupt ecosystems, and analyze the impact of humans on the environment. (Gist: Population Ecology and Human Impacts on Ecosystems)


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?

We will take pictures and then put them into a PowerPoint to review where we started, and how we ended. This is especially important because of the plant growth over the summer.

Students will present how they were able to help those in their community (I am hoping that some of the students that are helped will actually be some of our KTC students)


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)

We are a special education population, with diverse backgrounds: African, Hispanic, Korean, etc.

We would also be servicing a diverse population in the city of Wyoming.


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?

They will install the sprinkler system, propagate the plants, and educate other students in design landscapes. They will also be the present what they have accomplished in a student showcase.



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

Who will you partner with for this project?

Any organizations that have a need for plants. For example: providing garden plants for Community Gardens, and landscape plants for Habitat for Humanity Homes (or similar).

How will students benefit from this partnership?

They will gain confidence in designing a landscape—-and then seeing the installation. Or watching plants grow that they have been in charge of.

How will the partner benefit from this collaboration?

Receiving of plant material, designs, or vegetable/herb plants



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?

Successful propagation of plants.

How will you assess your service goals?

The number of organizations who request plants and their satisfaction with the plants provided.



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

How will you prepare students for this experience?

This experience will actually be a capstone project for the semester.

1. Propagation Techniques
2. Landscape design
3. Fertilization

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

• Propagate Plants
• Design plants for their own homes
• Offer to design a landscape for a home in their community and then use plants we have propagated for installation.(Students would be able to design the parameters of who we are able to help, and what plants should be given)
• We could also serve as a repository for plants that are donated from the community