Curriculum

Seventh Grade

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  • Plant Adaptations:  Students learn, through first hand observation of specially selected plants in the  native habitat garden how native plants have adapted to different climates, topographical and geological conditions and how adaptations and the biodiversity of plants and animals relate to each other.

Eighth Grade

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  • Soil Chemistry: Students test school garden soil for potassium, nitrogen and phosphorus content as well as pH. They also explore the major “ingredients” of soil: clay, silt, sand, organic material, water, air, living things, and minerals. Students participate in a demonstration of the filtration properties of soil based on the cation exchange capacity of soil, and make conclusions about whether the soils are relatively positively or negatively charged.