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Science After School (SAS) Consumers Guide  


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  • Cost Category: More than $100
  • Price Details: (includes all shipping, handling of materials needed to create EarthBox gardens that serve up to 25 kids and include standards based lesson plans) Middle school kits are $325 for 2 EarthBox Ready to Grow kits and 35 lesson plans. PreK-1st grade kits are $105 for 1 EarthBox Ready to Grow kit and 5 activities. Elementary kits are $160 for 1 EarthBox Ready to Grow kit and 17 Standards-based lesson plans. High School kits are $325 for 3 EarthBox Ready to Grow kits and 12 standards-based lab experiments. The Earthbox Garden Package costs $420 and includes 6 EarthBox Ready to Grow kits, a Youth Garden Guide, and 17 activities.
    The costs shown were accurate at the time of the review. Please check the publisher's web site for current prices.
  • Duration: variable based on how instructors use activities
  • Format: Instructors Guide, Kit or Materials
  • Grades: all
  • Subject(s): biology, environmental science, horticulture, physical science
  • Part of Series?: no
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Available at elementary, ms or hs levels, these kits offer refined growing environments that permit in-or out-door gardening. The ms kit (reviewed here) includes the growing unit, standards-based lessons and a guide kids use to engage in gardening.

The EarthBox materials are available with several options, but the basic product is a kit with a self-contained growing system that uses tested agricultural methods to grow plants indoors or outdoors. Though the middle school Kit was reviewed for the Consumers Guide, EarthBox products are available for all grade levels of after school programs.  The materials included with an EarthBox Kit provide standards-based lessons and a guide that afterschool participants can use to design and grow gardens.  These EarthBox gardens offer a wealth of opportunities to engage in hands-on learning about gardening and planting without leaving the afterschool space and no weeding, hoeing or digging or much worry about the weather.

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