School yard farm teaching students lessons they can't learn in a book
Adamsville, Ala. —
One school is trading the books and binders for worms and chickens. Adamsville Elementary school now has a teaching farm on its property.
"Each grade has a different responsibility for the farm," says Fifth grade teacher Ashley Kizer, "we have gardens, we have composting we have students that research insects that are beneficial or harmful to the gardens."
And the 5th graders are responsible for the livestock. They're using math to build chicken coops, learning science lessons about ecosystems, and studying city ordinances about livestock. "We can see they are learning things they can't learn in a book," says Kizer.
The students certainly don't view this as just a class assignment. "They're like small sisters or brothers," says fifth grader Giselle Medel
They even hatched chicks in their classroom that are now experiencing their first week outdoors. "It's very exciting it's like watching them grow up, it's like they're your children," says fifth grader Taylor Cupps.
And they're learning all the responsibilities of taking care of something. Fifth grader Kandan Nixon says, "cleaning the cage is pretty fun because you get to see the little eggs but then you have to deal with poop."
Kizer will be taking care of the chickens over the summer. This year's fourth graders will take care of the chickens next year when they are fifth graders. This year's fifth graders say they plan to come back and visit the chickens they feel like they helped raise.
There are future plans to build a barn on school property and maybe one day have goats.