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Studying plants in a greenhouse

MONARCH — Some students at Monarch Elementary School are not only learning reading, writing, and arithmetic in the classroom they are also learning about gardening and doing so in a greenhouse on the school grounds.

Jennifer Knox, a first grade teacher at Monarch Elementary, said that the curriculum for the school’s first grade students includes studying plants through hands-on learning.

“One of our standards in first grade is the study of plants and their environment,” Knox said. “We plants seeds, both flowers and vegetables, and we observe them growing.”

While the study of plants has been part of the classroom experience for first grade students at the school for years, this year the decision was made to move it out of the classroom and into a greenhouse.

“In the past, we did this in the classroom with heat lamps,” Knox said. “This year, we purchased a greenhouse so we can have our plants in a more natural environment.”

Knox said funds from the school’s science account were used to purchase a greenhouse which was assembled by workers with the Union County School District Maintenance Department. In addition, Knox said the maintenance personnel also built tables for use inside the greenhouse.

Students began planting in early March in the classrooms and then, when the greenhouse was completed the last week of March, the plants were moved there at that time. Knox said the students go out to the greenhouse to tend, rotate, and water their plants.

Knox added that their study of the plants also dovetails with other subjects the students are studying.

“We hope in a month to harvest and have a plant sale,” Knox said. “Another study we do in math is money counting and we do economics in Social Studies. So we’re going to integrate those subjects with the plant sale on May 4 from 12 until 3.”

Charles Warner | The Union Times This greenhouse on the grounds of Monarch Elementary School is used by the school’s first grade students in their study of plants. The greenhouse was purchased earlier this year to enable students to cultivate and observe the flowers and vegetables they planted in and transferred from their classrooms in a more natural environment.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_IMG_3330.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times This greenhouse on the grounds of Monarch Elementary School is used by the school’s first grade students in their study of plants. The greenhouse was purchased earlier this year to enable students to cultivate and observe the flowers and vegetables they planted in and transferred from their classrooms in a more natural environment.
Charles Warner | The Union Times These are some of the various plants being cultivated and studies by first grade students at Monarch Elementary School in their new greenhouse. While the cultivation and study of flowers and vegetables has been part of the curriculum for the school’s first grade classes for years, this is the first year that the study has been conducted in a greenhouse. The greenhouse was purchased and assembled in March.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_IMG_3332.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times These are some of the various plants being cultivated and studies by first grade students at Monarch Elementary School in their new greenhouse. While the cultivation and study of flowers and vegetables has been part of the curriculum for the school’s first grade classes for years, this is the first year that the study has been conducted in a greenhouse. The greenhouse was purchased and assembled in March.
Charles Warner | The Union Times First grade students and teachers work in the new greenhouse at Monarch Elementary School. The greenhouse was purchased earlier this year to enable the school’s first grade students to cultivate and study plants in a more natural environment. Working in the greenhouse are students Chad Oswalt, Cooper Turner, Ezra Smith, and Quenn’Asia Johnson and teachers Jennifer Knox and Janet Lawson.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_IMG_3336.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times First grade students and teachers work in the new greenhouse at Monarch Elementary School. The greenhouse was purchased earlier this year to enable the school’s first grade students to cultivate and study plants in a more natural environment. Working in the greenhouse are students Chad Oswalt, Cooper Turner, Ezra Smith, and Quenn’Asia Johnson and teachers Jennifer Knox and Janet Lawson.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Charles Warner | The Union Times This tomato plant is one of a number of plants being grown in the new greenhouse at Monarch Elementary School. The greenhouse was purchased earlier this year to enable the school’s first grade students to cultivate and grow plant in a more natural environment. In previous the students did so in their classrooms using sun lamps.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_IMG_3334.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Charles Warner | The Union Times This tomato plant is one of a number of plants being grown in the new greenhouse at Monarch Elementary School. The greenhouse was purchased earlier this year to enable the school’s first grade students to cultivate and grow plant in a more natural environment. In previous the students did so in their classrooms using sun lamps.
Charles Warner | The Union Times These green beans are among the plants being grown in the new greenhouse at Monarch Elementary School. The greenhouse was purchased earlier this year to enable the school’s first grade students to cultivate and grow plant in a more natural environment. In previous the students did so in their classrooms using sun lamps.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_IMG_3335.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times These green beans are among the plants being grown in the new greenhouse at Monarch Elementary School. The greenhouse was purchased earlier this year to enable the school’s first grade students to cultivate and grow plant in a more natural environment. In previous the students did so in their classrooms using sun lamps.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Monarch Elementary School first grade students Cooper Turner, Ezra Smith, and Quenn’Asia Johnson work in the school’s new greenhouse. First grade students at the school study plant life by planting and cultivating flowers and vegetables. The greenhouse was purchased earlier this year to allow them to do so in a more natural environment.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_IMG_3339.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Monarch Elementary School first grade students Cooper Turner, Ezra Smith, and Quenn’Asia Johnson work in the school’s new greenhouse. First grade students at the school study plant life by planting and cultivating flowers and vegetables. The greenhouse was purchased earlier this year to allow them to do so in a more natural environment.
MES 1st graders have greenhouse classroom

By Charles Warner

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Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.