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During the cornavirus shutdown, GrowNYC Environmental Education Programs are providing activities and lessons that can be accessed by students from home.
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Spring is an exciting time on a Greenmarket farm! See inside our Spring Activity Book for seasonal recipes and activities.
Materials found around the house can become planters, bird feeders, decorations and more! Reusing everyday objects engages critical thinking and problem solving skills as students reimagine how items can be repurposed. While these simple reuse projects alone won't save the world (we can only reuse so many bottles, egg cartons and coat hangers...) they will create a habit of seeing discarded materials as valuable resources, changing waste managment and consumption habits across a lifetime. The projects cost next to nothing and provide 40 mins of creative distraction!
Virtual Field Trips
Students can explore unique areas of NYC without leaving their classrooms (or homes)!
Rusty Goes to Dead Horse Bay
This inquiry-based lesson aims to teach students about New York City’s rich social history by taking them on a “virtual” field trip to a fascinating corner of Brooklyn called Dead Horse Bay. The shores of Dead Horse Bay are filled with waste from the past: thousands upon thousands of glass bottles, leather shoe soles, broken toys, rusty telephones, chunks of horse bone, and scores of unidentifiable pieces of metal and plastic. How did this stuff get here? To answer this question, students will view a slide show and examine photographs, maps, cartoons, old advertisements, and informational text.
Visit Dead Horse Bay - Google Slide Presentation
Field Guide - Google Document Student Worksheet
Rusty Goes to Inwood Hill Park
This lesson aims to teach students about the history of the last remaining natural park in Manhattan, Inwood Hill Park, which has historical significance as the Native Americans lived and fished along the land. IBy "visiting" the park and viewing historical texts, students will explore the values, motivations, and beliefs of the Lenape and the Europeans. Students learn about the land use change and how humans have treated our environment over the centuries. Students make determinations based on current assumptions of trash or garbage and are prompted to consider their individual impact as consumers and contributors to the waste stream.
Visit Inwood Hill Park - Google Slide Presentation
Venn Diagram Worksheet - Google Document Student Worksheet
NYC Then & Now Worksheet - Google Document Student Worksheet
Archeology Worksheet - Google Document Student Worksheet
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