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5th Grade: Dirt to Dinner

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Pilot program teachers wanted for our spring 2020 pilot field trips.  Contact Patti Sipula at (redacted) or 916-892-2211. The following year, our 5th grade program will be available to all Sacramennto-area teachers. 

Students will get down and dirty as they learn about the origins of the food they eat. They will discover that the energy they use to grow and play originated in the sun and traveled through many steps in the food chain (including the dirt) before landing on their plate. Students will examine the roles that the sun, decomposers, soil quality, water, plant structures, and fertilizers play in producing nutritious food while also learning how energy and matter move through an ecosystem and how the Earth’s spheres interact.  Lessons on organic farming, composting, water conservation, and aquaculture will introduce students to modern sustainability practices as students gain career exposure in these important fields. Several engineering design challenges address real-world agriculture issues in developing nations. The unit culimates with lessons and a service project addressing food waste.

Field trip activities include participation in sustainabile farming practices, planting and harvesting, and food preparation and processing,