Plants in the Classroom: Green Steps Air Quality project 2017-2018. This is a continuing project from Plants in the Classroom 2016-2017.
Plants in the Classroom is a Green Steps project for protecting Air Quality. This Green Steps project has 3 components:
- Students learn something about air quality
- Do something to protect air quality
- Teach others about what they have learned about air quality
We planned this project for the West Columbia co-op–where students meet once a week to engage in learning activities. This learning co-op meets at Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church in West Columbia.
LEARN: The primary focus of the lesson was about indoor contaminants. Such as cleaning chemicals, paint, pesticides, carbon dioxide, dust, and mold. We also learned about the NASA study that found plants to be effective air cleaners.
The NASA study identifies the best plants for cleaning the air. However, the project is meant to be easy to maintain for students to do. So, we chose an ivy as the plant to be placed in each classroom. We also discussed the possibility of using the poinsettia, which would likely be thrown away after Christmas. These could alternatively be used as a good indoor air cleaners.
DO: Students had learned about propagating the philodendron. Utilizing recycled containers, the students placed the cut sprigs in water to sprout roots. Students placed these containers in each of the four classrooms where our cooperative learning classes meet. The plants will be sustained in water for the remainder of the year.
TEACH: We also aim to bridge the relationship with the church members who attend at the location where we meet. We are there when they are not–but we care about their facility as much as they do. So, we included a note on each plant explaining our project.
Students also took home clippings of their own. They will tell their friends and family about indoor air quality and how their little plant is helping improve the air quality at home.
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