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The Roof is Growing!

The Roof is Growing! is a classroom program developed by the American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA) to engage and educate middle school students (grades 6-8) about green roofs and their environmental benefits. A green roof is a roof substantially covered with vegetation.

Using an online, interactive program and a workbook, students gather facts about green roofs. Then, they apply their knowledge by preparing a case for building a green roof on the Frederick Olmsted school auditorium.

Green Roof Program Components

The Green Roof is Growing! program components are:

  • Teacher's Guide: A downloadable, print resource to assist teachers with program implementation.
  • Web component: An online, interactive program which allows students to gather information about green roofs and their environmental benefits. Students can also learn about career opportunities in landscape architecture.
  • Student Workbook: A downloadable, print workbook that directs students through the Green Roof web component and associated activities.
  • Field Trip: If you are in the Washington, D.C. area, consider making a field trip to see the green roof on ASLA's headquarters.
    > Click here to sign up for a field trip

Academic Standards

The Green Roof Is Growing! program is based on Grade Level 6-8 mathematics, science, and geography national standards and benchmarks created by the Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL).

> View the Academic Standards and related Benchmarks

Information and Activities

Get information about the environmental benefits of green roofs and suggested classroom activities.

> Information and Activities