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Green Bronx Machine Classroom Curriculum

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An immersive whole-school curriculum that aligns the art and science of growing vegetables with daily academic instruction in all subject areas. This project-based and standards-aligned learning experience helps students learn critical thinking and problem solving as they explore, discover, and create their own ecosystems.

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The Green Bronx Machine Classroom Curriculum is easy to implement, and engages students with inter-disciplinary, hands-on, project-based learning. Created by administrators and educators specifically for educators, each standards-aligned lesson plan and activity set helps students meet a core academic requirement, while also fostering deep knowledge about gardening, food production, and health and wellness. Lesson plans focus on Science, Math and Language Arts, and easily extend to Technology, History, Art and Cooking. Each plan includes supplemental lesson ideas, student handouts, and assessment tools, such as rubrics, exit tickets and reflective journals.

The dynamic, collaborative experience of learning to garden and produce food creates transformational results. Students from all walks of life are inspired to take pride in something they are building and cultivating, opening a door through which additional learning can take place. And for students in high-need and low-status communities, learning to grow their own food can lead to personal and professional opportunities which can be nothing short of life changing. The Green Bronx Machine Classroom Curriculum helps educators reach students of all ability academically while also teaching personal responsibility, building entrepreneurial skills, promoting workforce development, and transforming lives, one lesson plan and seed at a time.


9 Weeks of Lessons

Standards-Based Learning

Cross Disciplinary

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Direct Communication with Stephen Ritz

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100% of teachers say they would recommend this curriculum to their colleagues

100% of teachers say they believe their students have changed eating habits as a result

100% of teachers say they believe the gardening experience had a positive impact on the students and their families

99% of all students now know edible food can be grown in classrooms all year long, up from 28%

94% of all participating students want to repeat the program

89% of all students can now diagram photosynthesis, up from 36%

82% of all students now report talking about healthy eating habits with their families, up from 29%