5 Classroom-Friendly Tower Tips for Teacher Appreciation Week

Do you remember sitting in class as a child and wishing you could be playing outside instead? Tower Garden helps bring some of the excitement of the garden to the indoors, allowing students the hands-on experience of growing their own plants. Thousands of schools across the country have chosen Tower Garden as a method to teach their students about plant growth, seed germination and nutrition. With teacher appreciation week on the horizon, we wanted to express our thanks to the educators out there showing their classrooms how to grow green!

We’ve compiled a list of activities for the classroom to engage students in the process of growing their own food, inspired by real teachers!

And to our Tower Teachers, you deserve an A+ for all the hard work you put into your classrooms.

1.    The Busy Bee

2.     These cucumbers from Allen Elementary look delicious but growing them inside takes a few key steps. Interested in growing fruiting plants in your classroom? You’ll need help pollinating, and since bees don’t often buzz indoors, you can assign a student each day with the task of being the “classroom bee.” You can teach them how to pollinate using a cotton bud or paintbrush.


3.    Lettuce Eat!

4.     The best part of growing? Eating the greens! Hosting a classroom harvesting session followed by a tasting of the crops is sure to bring smiles to students’ faces, just like these second graders! You can assign your students with the task of writing recipes for salads using the greens or take the opportunity to explain homogeneous vs. heterogeneous mixtures by making pesto. Whatever way you choose to serve your plants on a plate, the students will love eating what they grew.

5.    Assemble an Assembly Line

6.     The learning doesn’t begin with seeds, but rather with Tower Garden setup. Allow a few student volunteers (perhaps some with interest in engineering, math, and science) to form an “assembly team” and put the unit together. This exercise in following instructions will help them familiarize themselves with vertical growing and become more successful in their planting. These sixth and seventh graders assembled the Tower Garden by themselves, lights and all!

 

7.    Before the Grocery Store

8.     Many students don’t realize that the greens they see on their dinner plates at home every night make quite a long journey to get there. Ask your classroom to write a paragraph essay about where they think the veggies came from before making it to their meals. What came before the grocery store? You can allow them to get creative with their stories and present them to their peers! Or, give the students a chance to vote on where they think greens come from before explaining the steps.

 

9.    ½ Learning, ½ Fun!

10. You can easily incorporate the Tower Garden into your classroom’s math lessons! Use fractions to create recipes, percentages to understand the number of lettuces vs. the number of herbs on the tower, and basic addition and subtraction to demonstrate the amount of time lights and water run. The options are endless!

 

What other ways do you like to engage your students in the classroom using the Tower Garden? Let us know in the comments below and enjoy Teacher Appreciation Week!

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