|Food Growing League 2017-2018
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||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Coming
IN THE NEWS
If you’re new to this program, here’s a link (click here or the image) to the recent “Wave of the future” newspaper article that does a great job explaining how it helps teach MATH and SCIENCE at one of our participating Food Growing League (FGL) schools.
The Food Growing League (FGL) is designed to help with MATH and SCIENCE lessons using the hands on activity of competitive food growing in the classroom. Once setup, it requires just 30 minutes twice a month to plant and harvest and just 5 minutes once or twice a week to water.
If needed, we’re available throughout the school year to help craft lessons in math or science based on some part of the Food Growing League program. Monthly Score Cards showing students’ competition data can be used to create effective MATH and SCIENCE LABS for students to practice what they’ve learned in class.
The League is an addition to our three year old class food growing , nutrition, and entrepreneurship program, the Classroom to Food Market Pipeline (CFMP). The CFMP has students construct Portable Gardens made out of water bottles. Each month, a different food is grown in competition within the class. The top five teams from the class then compete with another school’s top five to find out who has the best Classroom Farmers.
HOW IT WORKS
Up to four classrooms can participate using one FLG/CFMP kit as they take turns each month representing their school in the competition from October through May growing eight different foods.
The rotation can go something like Class A grows Tendergreens in October and Beets in November, Class B grows Garden Cress in December and Radishes in January, and so on. If just two classes participate, then they would each grow four months of the school year.
Extra materials are provided so classes can still grow food even when it’s not their turn to compete. The school is only responsible for providing the empty water bottles and scissors. Everything else is provided in the kit.
Once the schedule is finalized, participating classes split students into teams of 2 or 3 persons each to grow their month’s food. The harvest weights are recorded to determine the best team in the classroom. The instructor then sends ReBuildUp a copy of their harvest sheet to compare against other participating classes to find out who has the best growers in the League that month.
MONTHLY SCORE CARDS
Monthly Score Cards in the form of infographics are posted for each match showcasing the best five harvests from the two competing schools with the heaviest total harvest winning the match.
These infographics can be clicked on and printed out to put up in the classroom for students to review like these here.
There are up to four matches per round and four to eight schools per division (e.g. NC1A) with the best team from each division competing in a playoff round during the Spring.
A video game themed Competition video can also be posted to rebuildup.com during the 4th week of each month to show match ups.
After all match ups take place, the Classroom Ranking and Team Rank for the top 40 competing teams (5 teams per class) are shown. Even if a class loses a match, individual teams within that class can still come in first on the Team Rank.
The next round of the following month will have the background of the game map changed to the school color of the #1 Team. An in depth instruction booklet with pictures along with instructor training is provided to bring teachers and students quickly up to speed.
FGL Sponsors can have their logo featured below their sponsored school on the Monthly Score Card infographic. Self-funding schools will have their school or PTA/PTO logo shown in that space in lieu of a sponsor. Schools can also use the League as a fund raiser. If your school cannot self fund, or find a sponsor, we may be able help. Contact us for details.
We look forward to the League encouraging students to apply MATH and SCIENCE in real world applications, grow more greens, and eat healthy. Please consider taking part with your students or as a sponsor. Feel free to contact us with comments or questions.