1. School garden Motivation: By growing our own food we can reduce our carbon footprint, a major cause of climate change, by reducing the amount of transportation (using less oil and producing fewer emissions) that it takes to get food onto our plate. Allows us to conduct hands-on investigations and explore questions such as: How do plants grow? What do they need to stay healthy? How does pollination work, and who are the pollinators? What kind of insects are needed (or not) for a healthy garden? What is the difference between fruits and vegetables and where do they come from? Allows us to grow healthy food for the school lunches or hungry people in the area.
Objective Rebuild the old and unused school garden. Plant different types of flowers, vegetables or fruits Observe and document the growth of different plants and the development of the whole garden At the end of the semester, analyze: What plants have grown most successfully? What do plants need to prosper? What does have to be improved or changed?
2. Planting trees Motivation Planting trees helps mitigate climate changes because trees sequester carbon, a major cause of climate change.
Objective Attempt to grow different types of trees from the seeds and observe and document their growth Plant one tree per each student either around the school or at student home Join the United Nations' Billion Tree Campaign and report the results