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Hampton’s Rooftop Garden

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Fort Bragg, NC | May 3, 2018

Students water and monitor growth of plants on the rooftop garden at Hampton Primary School.
Students water and monitor growth of plants on the rooftop garden at Hampton Primary School.

Hampton Primary School embraces the growth mindset and the 21st century school model through project based learning that is ongoing throughout the school year. First grade students are immersed in real-life applications, in order to make connections between interrelated content and the world around them. Currently, learners are encouraged to take advantage of natural resources provided by our site based rooftop garden. Students are able to care for the vegetation provided by harnessing energy manually through our water collection system.

The science investigations extend beyond the first grade level and encompass the school community. The current vegetation that they are studying was provided by Hampton’s Rooftop Garden Club. The students are able to discuss and explore the needs of plants for optimal growth. Additionally, learners are able to keep records to make comparisons of plants and their offspring from one stage to the next. Through this inquiry based learning method, students are able to embark upon additional investigations. Students are currently determining which types of grass seed will yield the best results for a lawn. This will be based on the reproduction of the plant, how it responds to its environment and its ability to thrive. Hampton learners are active participants in their studies and extend their thinking to solve challenges presented using their 21st century skills.


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