SUMMER SCHOOL at Abruzzi School Teaching Garden
Day 1: 20th July 2012
Introductions: welcome to summer camp 2012!
Lesson: Decomposition of Soil
Digging compost site
Activity: soil tests
The student will by the end of this class know that soil is made up of. Partly from weathered rock, partly from organic materials such as plant remains and contains many organisms. They will also know that soils differ in their colour, texture, capacity to retain water, and ability to support the grown of many kinds of plants.
Links between: biology, art and chemistry.
Day 2: 21st July, 2012 (Saturday)
Lesson: Reduce, Re-use, Recycle!
How to design a recycling system? Imagine it, draw it.
How do people recycle in their homes?
Activity: Collecting leaves + flowers for pressing.
Teaching pressing technique.
Links between: science and art.
Day 3: 23rd July, 2012 (Monday)
Irrigation Systems: Importance of Irrigation System to Garden
Work in the garden on developing irrigation.
Five rivers of Pakistan
Writing Activity: write a poem (rhyming or free verse) about a water body
Links between: geography, social studies, art, history
Day 4: 24th July, 2012 (Tuesday)
Lesson: Photo Workshop
Rule of thirds. framing/composition. Light: natural vs. artificial
Exercise with cameras: everyone to take 5 photos.
Make bookmarks with dried leaves/flowers/plants/bookmarks to have their own photos.
Links between: art, environmental studies.
Day 5: 25th July, 2012 (Wednesday)
Lesson: Nature Studies
Keeping a nature journal: Writing and drawing
Planned field trip: TBA
Links between: art, english, urdu, developing organizational skills, science.
Day 6: 26th July, 2012 (Thursday)
Lesson: How to build an outdoor oven
Baking biscuits to serve with apricot jam
Things to discuss: temperature, heat, energy, states of matter.
Math: measurements while cooking (fractions) .Making fruit/vegetable reference cards. Balanced diet
What variety of fruit grows in which regions? (in Pakistan) based on climate. (what fruit doesn’t grow in Shigar?)
Links between: mathematics, science, social studies, botany, horticulture, environmental science, history, design
Day 7: 27th July, 2012 (Friday)
Lesson: histroy through plant population
Mint garden tea party
every student should bring a cup
Activity: reading tea leaves, and telling each other’s fortunes.
History: Tea plantation in Sri lanka, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan.
Science: Usage of tea in composting.
Nutrition: Effects of caffeine – black tea and green tea.
Links between: Nutrition, art, social studies, history, science
Day 8: 28th July, 2012 (Saturday)
Banner making party!
Climate change. focus on glaciers: what are the main glaciers in Pakistan? how are they formed?
Global warming + green house effect. temperature rising . deforestation
Links between: science, environmental studies, art
Day 9: 30th July, 2012 (Monday)
contd. climate change
Planning for next steps: year round teaching garden development
Build task force.
Links between: science, environmental studies, art,
Day 10: 31st July, 2012 (Tuesday)
Next steps: students design year round plan. Plan event to share with the community. Students share testimonials.