Publication Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Raymond Clark


This paper, in three parts, explains why and how fifth and sixth grade students at a Navajo bilingual elementary school in New Mexico built a solar greenhouse as a language arts project. The first part catalogues the English speaking, reading, and writing needs of the children. It details the rationale behind building a greenhouse to address these needs. The second part is the greenhouse project itself. It contains English lessons which the students used as guidelines for planning and building the greenhouse structure. The third part, found in the Appendix, contains one of the students' workbooks.

I hope this serves someone in good stead. The project could never be literally duplicated, because it was closely tied up with the particular requirements of the students, the school, the place, and the available resources. But it may facilitate other teachers in developing their own answers. That's what I'm hoping for.


Art Practice | Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Pre-Elementary, Early Childhood, Kindergarten Teacher Education | Teacher Education and Professional Development