Teachers and school garden volunteers, are you looking for lesson plans to accompany your school garden program? Multiple agencies have created excellent lessons that are available for your use, are free and are available online. Check out the information below to see if any of these lessons fit your particular needs. All lessons are categorized by subject material.
Original Author: The Science Spot Website: http://sciencespot.net/Pages/mathgarden.html Lesson Title: Interactive Math Garden Age Appropriate: Elementary and middle school students Brief Description: This website offers a garden plan for a garden dedicated to math lessons. It also shares a few simple lessons for math projects in the garden. Original Author: Ag in the Classroom Website: http://www.agintheclass.org/Portals/0/LessonFiles/barnyard_math.pdf Lesson Title: Barnyard Math Age Appropriate: Elementary Students Brief Description: A collection of mathematical worksheets for grades K-5 Original Author: KidGardening Website: http://www.kidsgardening.org/node/12134 Lesson Title: Exploring Math in the Garden Age Appropriate: Elementary, Middle and High School Brief Description: This website takes simple gardening activities such as planting seeds, or applying fertilizer and uses those activities to have students calculate math equations from figuring averages and percent to calculating algebra equations.
Original Author: Learn NC Website: http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/3214 Lesson Title: Plant Power Age Appropriate: Elementary Students Brief Description: Students will plant their own seeds in potting soil and measure plant growth. Before the students' plants are visible above the soil, students will explore the parts and functions of classroom plants and compare growth among the classroom plants. Original Author: ABC Teach Website: http://www.abcteach.com/free/p/plants_handsonscience_seeds.pdf Lesson Title: Parts of the Seed Age Appropriate: Middle School Students Brief Description: Students will examine the parts of the seed and then answer questions about plants. Original Author: Arizona.edu Website: http://biology.arizona.edu/sciconn/lessons2/Loredo/overview.htm Lesson Title: What’s Wrong With the Plants? Age Appropriate: High School Brief Description: Students will describe differences between plants that seem healthy and those that appear unhealthy. They will examine the plants and attempt to identify what is causing the unhealthy symptoms. As a result of their observations, students will propose a hypothesis and design an experiment to investigate the possible cause of the unhealthy plant. Original Author: Internet 4 Classrooms Website: http://urbanext.illinois.edu/gpe/index.cfm Lesson Title: Age Appropriate: Elementary School Brief Description: An interactive tool to help students learn about plant life.
Original Author: CFAIC Website: http://www.cfaitc.org/lessonplans/pdf/112.pdf Lesson Title: What’s Bugging You? Age Appropriate: Elementary/ Middle School Brief Description: Through a variety of activities, students reinforce their skills of reading, writing, designing, investigating and problem-solving while learning about a current issue — pest management. Original Author: CanTeach Website: http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/songspoems22.html Lesson Title: Songs and Poems Age Appropriate: Elementary school Brief Description: A collection of songs and poems about seeds, plants, flowers, gardens and more. Original Author: KNILT Website: http://tccl.rit.albany.edu/knilt/index.php/Unit_3:_Garden-Based_English_Language_Arts_%26_Social_Studies_Lessons Lesson Title: Garden-Based Reading and Activity Age Appropriate: Elementary and Middle School Brief Description: This science lesson is launched with a reading aloud of the book "The Gardener" by Sarah Stewart, which takes place during the Great Depression. The story is narrated through a young girl's series of letters (literary) and is about how she plants flowers and recycles old paint cans and broken pots to brighten up her dreary situation. Original Author: Cornell Website: http://blogs.cornell.edu/garden/get-activities/signature-publications/ Lesson Title: Garden Publications Age Appropriate: Middle School and High School Brief Description: A collection of downloadable publications regarding gardens. Original Author: About.com Website: http://childrensbooks.about.com/od/picturebooks/tp/garden.htm Lesson Title: Top 10 Gardening Books Age Appropriate: Elementary and Middle School Brief Description: A list of the top 10 children’s books about gardens and gardening.
Original Author: Action Bioscience Website: http://www.actionbioscience.org/biodiversity/lessons/rinkerlessons.pdf Lesson Title: The Value of a Garden Age Appropriate: High School Brief Description: Students will understand the services different types of gardens provide to humans and be able to describe changes among factors in gardens using feedback loops. Original Author: Learn NC Website: http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/1627?ref=search Lesson Title: Victory Gardens Age Appropriate: Middle School Brief Description: Students will learn about gardening activities during World War II. Using primary source documents and photographs, students will discover how children their own age participated by growing Victory Gardens. They will design their own gardens and propaganda posters. Original Author: Life Lab Website: http://www.lifelab.org/wp-content/uploads/Westward_Expansion.pdf Lesson Title: Westward Expansion and Gardens Age Appropriate: Middle School and High School Brief Description: Students are introduced to fruits and vegetables that were available during the overland journey from the East Coast of the United States to the West in the 1800s. Students will understand that settlers moved along three different trails, each of which had its own challenges in geography, climate and supply acquisition.
Original Author: Farm to Desk Website: http://farmtodesk.org/wiki/2nd/health/256 Lesson Title: Shopping for a Balanced Meal Age Appropriate: Elementary and Middle School Brief Description: This activity will help students learn different food groups and choose components of a healthy meal. Original Author: California Dept. of Education Website: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/he/nrttogrow.asp Lesson Title: Nutrition to Grow On Age Appropriate: Elementary and Middle School Brief Description: Nine lessons that teach children about nutrition by relating each lesson to a garden activity. Original Author: School Garden Wizard Website: http://www.schoolgardenwizard.org/wizard/pdf/create_guide.pdf Lesson Title: Create the Garden Guide Age Appropriate: Elementary/Middle/High School Brief Description: A guide to creating a sustainable school garden.
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