This resource provides guides and examples to help start your own school garden.
This lesson uses a book called It's Our Garden: From Seeds to Harvest in a School Garden by George Ancona. This book introduces students to a particular school garden that is described in the book. In this book, Ancona shares his fascination with a school garden near his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Over the course of a year, he photographed the students, their friends, teachers, and families as they tended to the garden from seed to harvest. The book itself chronicles how the students planned, carried out, observed, and recorded their work in the garden. Ancona's photo essay is graced with the students' drawings of the plants, the insects that keep the garden thriving, and the wildlife that calls the garden home. The format of this book lends itself nicely to the sequencing activity in this lesson.
This lesson uses a book called Grow! Raise! Catch! How We Get Our Food by Shelley Rotner. This book describes, in general terms, where food comes from. It helps students make connections between people and their environment. After reading the book, students will explore how some plants grow and discover the steps between where food comes from and how it ultimately arrives in the supermarket and on our tables.
This is the first lesson of a two-part series on where food comes from. In this lesson, students learn that most of the food they buy in stores originally comes from farms. Students are gathered together to sing a song about growing crops on a farm and learn from the lyrics the kinds of things that farmers do and need to grow plants well. They learn about the five steps in our food system and discuss its aspects in the context of a story about tomato farming and distribution.
This lesson is the first of a two-part series on how machines help people grow, package, transport, and store food. This lesson focuses on how “machines improve what people get from crops by helping in planting and harvesting...” Students are introduced to the workings and importance of farm machines and how they help today’s farmers plant, grow, and harvest more and healthier crops for more and more people. Students learn about special types of farm machines and the important tasks they perform on a farm during the growing season.
This lesson is the second of a two-part series on how machines help people grow, package, transport, and store food. In this lesson, students explore the importance of keeping food fresh by packaging and cooling, and in moving it long distances from where it is grown to where people live. The class reads a story about the transformation that harvested wheat takes before it becomes the bread we consume. Students learn about the kinds of materials and machines that are involved in transporting, processing, packaging, and distributing wheat and wheat flour in their long journey from the farm to our dining room tables.
In "Butterfly 1: Observing the Life Cycle of a Butterfly", students observe one organism over time and compare its early development (caterpillar) to its later development (butterfly). Students will also compare actual characteristics of a butterfly with a fictional representation of a butterfly. This lesson is the first of two lessons that focus on butterflies and their habitats. The second lesson in this series is "Butterfly 2: A Butterfly's Home".