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Impact II: Projects & Lesson Plans: Foods That Grow Underground

Foods That Grow Underground 

HOW IT WORKS
Foods That Grow Underground is an interdisciplinary program based on science which effectively integrates math, language arts, and technology. It is designed to give students with disabilities a way to experience science as a hands-on exploratory process in a cooperative environment. Second graders learn the ways underground foods are produced, how temperature affects their growth, and the changes that take place when they are cooked. They learn about vegetative production by planting and observing the growth of underground foods: as plants from bulbs, stems from roots, and eyes from potato seeds. Information about these foods is obtained from the Internet and encyclopedias. The unit begins with planting white potatoes in the classroom. The children observe the potatoes before they grow eyes, and compare them with potatoes that have grown eyes. The students also engage in research on the Internet and learn the rudiments of typing. The reports are divided among the students. Lessons on onions, garlic, sweet potatoes, and carrots are taught. The children make a field trip to the local supermarket to investigate and compare the prices of these foods. They also make several trips to the P4 garden to transplant the young plants. Here the goods develop for harvesting. Through this program, students learn that they can create a garden almost anywhere, and have the opportunity to experiment and make predictions about the results. 

THE STUDENTS
The students are second graders. The class is a SIE V11A (Specialized Instructional Environment) with severe emotional difficulties. The classroom has two computers, one with Internet  access. Prior to this program, the children had no formal training in typing or using the Internet. Students work cooperatively to perform tests and record data and information. This program can be adapted for all grades and for varying needs and achievement levels. 

THE  STAFF
Carol Mangra has taught in the SIE V11 pro-gram for eight years, during which time she has taught many grades. For the past four years, she has enjoyed teaching second grade, and is committed to developing curriculum areas for this population. This is the second year that she has used Foods That Grow Underground. In order to carry out this program, the assistance of a paraprofessional is needed. 

WHAT YOU NEED
The program requires two computers (iMac and Power PC). One must have Internet access. The necessary software is Student Writing Center and ClarisWorks. You will also use conventional encyclopedias. In addition, you need planting material (seeds, bulbs, and potatoes) and cooking utensils (a pot, spoon, and hot plate). The computers are set up on a table in the classroom. Books are available from the class library and the school library. There is a class trip to the local supermarket and a garden. You may invite a guest speaker from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. A good source for obtaining information about this is www.gardenersnet.com/vegetables/carrots.htm

OVERALL VALUE
This program gives the opportunity to experience science as a hands-on, exploratory process. It enables the student to achieve success and increase his/her self-esteem. Through the use of the computer, the students get a quick source of information. As their self-esteem increases, their inappropriate behavior decreases. 

 

View the Curriculum Unit/Dissemination Packet

CURRICULUM AREAS
Science
Math
Language Arts
Technology


GRADES
Early Childhood

MORE INFORMATION

Carol Mangra
P4K @ 843
530 Stanley Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11207
Phone: (718) 272-0553
Fax: (718) 272-0553
camangra@aol.com
Principal: 
Ellie Greenberg

IMPACT II Catalog 2001-2002

 

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