Reading Green teaches grade-schoolers three Rs with an S—for science

With all the demands for better STEM education (science-technology-engineering-mathematics), you’d think that getting more science into elementary schools would be a top priority.

But you’d be wrong, says Hedi Baxter Lauffer, a science educator and director of Wisconsin Fast Plants, a CALS-based program that for 25 years has helped grade-schoolers and teachers around the nation learn about plant biology by growing plants that sprout and bloom within two weeks.

Lauffer and her team offer a practical solution: Reading Green, a new program that combines reading and writing with science learning based on fast plants. It’s a classic case of killing two birds with one stone—and teachers say it works. See details here.