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Name: Ai Hirasuna

UNIT PLAN: Exploring our relationship with nature through planning & building a school garden

9th Grade

Length of Unit Plan:

3 weeks, and then periodically throughout the year as plants germinate and grow
(Monday: 40 minutes, Tuesday & Thursday: 1hr 15 minutes)


Manao Nui1
Big Idea / Main Concept
A significant concept that connects
Kumuhana Haawina and is relevant
and meaningful to students lives.
Overarching, big idea, or
Crosses content areas and
Single word or brief phrase.

Manao Hook1:
Unit Objective

The objective of the unit that allows

students to apply their knowledge
and skills in the real-world.Manao
Nui and the Kumuhana Haawina


Our relationship with nature

To cultivate an appreciation for nature by synthesizing

collaboration, reflection, research, and cultural,
scientific, and historical knowledge

Taken from Kamehameha Schools. (2011). Moenah Training Booklet. Honolulu: Kauhale Kpaipai.

Name: Ai Hirasuna

Nnau Koikoi1:
Essential Question
A question with a big idea that
stimulates thought, provokes
inquiry, and invokes more
Focuses on matters of
importance and relevance.
Requires students to draw upon
content knowledge and skills
and personal experiences.
Initiates constructive, creative,
and insightful conversations
and actions.
Open-ended and resists a simple
or single right answer.
Leads to other essential
questions posed by students.

Kumuhana Haawina1:
Content standard(s) and
Both the core and special content
areas and functional skills
developed in the unit.

-How do our culture, values, and prior knowledge affect

our relationship with nature?
-Why do we need nature in this increasingly modern digital

Core Content Area(s):

!Language Arts
! Science
!Social Studies
Special Content Area(s):
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Physical Education
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Special Content Area(s).

What functional skills, e.g., public speaking, budgeting, or surfing, will
students gain from this Unit.
-Basic gardening skills (building infrastructure, planting seeds, growing
plants, maintenance, etc.)
-Writing a proposal
-Planning a garden (researching safety, soil, and appropriate plant types,
measuring area, gathering materials)
-Collaborating in groups

Name: Ai Hirasuna

Hooll Kumuhana:
Unit Lessons

Bulk of Unit:

Writing & Sharing: What Do Gardens Mean To You? (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.3)

Plant Structure and Lifecycle (HS-LS1-5)
Lessons that will be taught in this
Cultural and Historical Significance of Gardens (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.6)
Unit Plan. This lists the lesson
Building a Garden: Using Math (CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSS.MD.A.1)
topics without inputting details. The
Writing Proposals (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.10)
lessons are identified and
Start Planning & Research in Groups (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.1)
determined based on the content
Planning & Research Continued (HS-LS2-8)
standards because the content
standards dictate how the content
Ecology, Building & Planting (HS-ESS3-1)
will be taught and from that lessons
Building & Planting Continued
can be developed.

As garden starts getting populated/plants start growing:

Reflection: How Is Our Garden Contributing To Our Community? (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.910.9)
Experiencing Our Garden: Making Observations

Poomanao Kumuhana:
Unit focus
A singular project or activity that
allows students to achieve the
Manao Hook and incorporates all
Kumuhana Haawina. It ties
together the Manao Nui, Manao
Hook, and Kumuhana Haawina,
while allowing students to answer
the Nnau Koikoi.

Main Project: Plan and build a school garden (the lessons will revolve around this as the main goal)

Students will also turn in a journal that contains their writing & planning notes from the unit.