Green Bronx Machine Classroom Curriculum
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.
9 Weeks of Daily Departmentalized Project-Based Hands-On Lessons
Cross Disciplinary, Standards-Based, and Fully Differentiated Lessons
All Classroom Materials and Student Activities
Pre- and Post-Program Evaluations, Assessments, and Exit Tickets
Lifetime Site License and Comprehensive Data Management
Direct Communication with Stephen Ritz
Video Tutorials and more than 600 Active Links
100% of All Teachers Report the Program Exceeded Expectations
100% of All Teachers Enjoyed Hands-On and Project-Based Learning
100% of All Teachers Saw an Increase in Social-Emotional Engagement
94% of All Students Want to Repeat the Program
84% of All Students Learned How to Properly Identify and Display Data
82% of All Students Now Talk About Healthy Eating with Their Families
75% of All Students Actively Ate More Fresh Vegetables
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.
“My students and I loved this program. The lessons were thoughtful and engaging.”
“Academic results were spectacular… school became FUN!”
“Team GBM was a pleasure to work with. We love the unlimited support and professional development.”
“The lessons were brilliant, engaging, and the assessments and exit tickets supported all levels of instruction.”
“I didn’t expect to have so much fun managing a verdant garden in the middle of my classroom – talk about hands-on!”
“The entire program was so well thought out and aligned perfectly to everything we were doing in school daily.”