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Educator Guide: Elementary Hydroponics: Elementary Hydroponics Educator Guide

Elementary Hydroponics

Tips to Come Prepared

Before you visit the Genovesi Environmental Study Center (GESC) with your class, review the Educator's Guide to prepare for your students.

  • Read the Essential Questions (p. 1) and Connections to Standards (p. 2) to decide how you want to link your curriculum with your field trip
  • Complete the Pre-Visit Lesson with your class activating student interest and engagement
  • Come to GESC ready to engage and learn with our experiential, hands-on field trip program, Elementary Hydroponics

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Essential Questions

  • What is hydroponics?
  • What is aquaponics?
  • Why are scientists developing hydroponics as an alternative to traditional farming?
  • How do you design an experiment?

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Elementary Hydroponics


Materials for Post-Visit Lesson

Hair-Raising Hydroponics Facts!

  • Hydroponically grown crops can eliminate the need for pesticides or herbicides that greatly benefits our environment.
  • Hydroponic farming can help assist in water conservation because farmers claim that some hydroponics crops use 90% less water than traditional farming.
  • Hydroponics takes up less space than traditional farming. Some say you can plant four times the amount of crops in the same space!

Connections to Standards


Grade 4: Unit 1: The Structure and Function of Organisms

               Unit 5: Impacts of Natural Processes
Grade 5: Unit 2: Matter and Energy in Ecosystems


Fourth Grade
4-LS1-1. Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

Fifth Grade
5-PS3-1. Use models to describe that energy in animals’ food (used for body repair, growth, motion, and to maintain body warmth) was once energy from the Sun.
5-LS1-1. Support an argument that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water.
5-LS2-1. Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants (producers), animals (consumers), decomposers, and the environment.

Third through Fifth Grade
3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
3-5-ETS1-3. Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.