Designing for Science Learning

A meaningful science education can amplify students’ sense of wonder about the natural world and cultivate skills and attitudes for ecological citizenship. School gardens provide a place for students to do science as they explore disciplinary and crosscutting concepts.

Guiding questions from A Framework for K-12 Science Education (National Research Council, 2012) such as the examples listed below can be the start of scientific garden investigations:

  • How do organisms live, grow, respond to their environment, and reproduce?
  • How and why do organisms interact with their environment and what are the effects of these interactions?
  • What is biodiversity, how do humans affect it, and how does it affect humans?
  • How do humans depend on Earth’s resources?
  • How do humans change the planet?

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