Lesson Plans

Please feel free to use any of the lesson plans below.  Many have been written
by the teachers working on our garden team.  Many have been found elsewhere
on the internet and credit to those sources is given whenever known.

Let's Look at Sunflowers A great lesson that involves sunflowers and math

Schoolyard Garden Journal (An example of a student's schoolyard
garden journal)

Printable Journal Pages: No Lines - Small Lines - Large Lines
(Thanks Emily)

Garden Introduction (This lesson can be used to familiarize your
students with your school garden. It could easily be adapted for grades
K through 8. Jack’s Garden is a picture book that will delight children of
all ages!)

How Does Your Garden Grow (Here is a lesson for 1st through 4th
grade students that will pique garden interest and incite imagination.
Children’s books, fresh garden produce and drawing are a good
combination for active engagement.)

Starting Seeds (This 4th grade lesson focuses on planting seeds for a
colonial herb garden.)

Pollination (This is a lesson plan for 3rd through 8th graders that could
be used by a local beekeeper to teach honey bee pollination. Live
honeybees are sure to get students' attention.)

Composting (Grades 2 through 8 will enjoy the delightful book,
Compost Stew & observe real composting in action in this lesson.)

Worm Composter (A Pre-K to 3rd grade lesson to use with a worm composter
and the book Wiggling Worms at Work by Wendy Pfeffer)

All About Potatoes (Second through fourth grade will learn all about
potatoes. Lesson closure includes eating Crockpot potatoes and writing
a descriptive paragraph about the delicious experience.)

Better Snack Choices (A second and third grade lesson all about healthy
eating and exercise will keep students fit.)

Home Grown Family Challenge (Are home grown fruits and vegetables
actually tastier? This Pre-K through 8th grade lesson will let your
students decide.)

Earth Day is Everyday (Everyday is Earth Day with this lesson that
will get your students helping the earth in a real way!)

The Onion - How it Grows (Children will understand how an onion grows in
the garden and how it gets to their dinner table. This lesson can be adapted
for grades one through six.)

We love Potatoes! (This fun lesson includes many activities that reach
across various curricular areas. It is good for pre-K through second grade.)