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Our School Garden

Creator: Mary Zamacona, Open Door Learning Center (Minnesota Literacy Council)

This project-based unit of instruction ends with a culminating project: short student-created videos about a community garden they have tended all summer. Over several weeks, Mary led her “Jobs Class” of low-level adult ESL students through a process of writing, filming, editing, and showcasing their own videos about the garden. Each student identified several vegetables in the school garden at Arlington Hills Lutheran Church (St. Paul), described how to cook at least one vegetable, and shared why he/she thinks the garden is important.

Here you can find extensive notes and materials for the unit, rubrics for assessment, and links to examples of final student videos. Alignment of this unit to the TIF and CCR standards is also included.

Student videos: