As a child of the 80’s, I loved the show, Growing Pains. I thought Kirk Cameron was the cutest boy ever, and I was dead set on getting a Cabriolet convertible just like…..oh wait…that was Sam from Who’s the Boss? Remember the car episode? If you don’t…here it is….
I loved all those shows, and I related to them as an adolescent myself, so as I brainstormed ideas for my next unit, the theme of “Growing Pains” kept coming to mind.
The Unit entitled, “Growing Pains” will include the following:
CLASS GARDEN PROJECT
Students will grow their own flowers from seeds. They will research, read, write, and journal about the life of a plant, and they will relate their findings to their own lives. Students will also connect this project to what they are currently studying in science.
They will be growing perennial flowers, in hopes to plant them on the school campus, so that students and teachers may be enjoy their beauty for years to come.
Poems from Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Emerson, and others.
This theme incorporates a wide variety of texts. I love that I will be able to study literature, Native American history, and science with my students, while relating it all back to the growing pains of the adolescent years. Integrating content across disciplines cultivates lifelong learning in our students. They can sense how it all fits together and impacts our lives. I can’t wait to begin!