We are happy to welcome teachers and hopefully students to this new learning management site for OPEN. Teachers will be able to access OPEN's curriculum, and connect and discuss with teachers and students throughout the world wide OPEN network through this site.
This Teacher Guide and classroom curricula lessons are intended as an introduction to our Sustainable Agriculture Project-Based Learning (PBL) STEM program series. It is set up in two sections, one especially written to prepare students that have little or no farm or garden experience, or much life science background for our PBL school garden plot global research experiment and the second with the directions for plot preparation and the ongoing stages of this project.
Each lesson may take one to three class sessions depending on teacher class time and activities selected to be the focus for each lesson. Lessons 1-3 are the introductory indoor classroom lessons which teachers may choose skip or use them as for review basic botany and biogeochemical cycles with students. Lesson 4 begins the outdoor field instructions with directions for preparation of plots and planting, cultivation, student record-keeping and ultimately harvesting and measuring the yield. This data collection is the start of your students’ citizen science research experiments.