Why do Connecticut farmers and fishermen grow and harvest the products they do? In this interdistrict grant, 2nd- and 3rd-graders from participating schools learn how to answer that question as they explore the intriguing facts surrounding state agriculture and aquaculture. Students in 2nd grade focus on foods that come from the land, with activities that allow them to explore the life cycles of plants, as well as balanced nutrition, while 3rd-graders focus on adaptations that allow certain plants and animals to thrive in local aquatic environments. This interdisciplinary, yearlong program focuses on improving academic outcomes and students' understanding and appreciation of diversity.
Benefits: Throughout this interdisciplinary learning experience, students from different school districts learn to appreciate the ways people from different cultures are alike. Designed to foster academic achievement and promote positive relationships, this Interdistrict Grant program allows students to explore the food cycle, from growth and production practices to the meals on their tables. Multicultural texts are explored and students maintain science notebooks with notes, sketches, charts, graphs and hypotheses based on real-world investigation. Together, students explore new concepts through a science, technology, math and language arts-based, multicultural curriculum.
For more information about Farming the Land and Sea, please contact:
EASTCONN Administrative Offices & Conference Center
376 Hartford Turnpike
Hampton, CT 06247