Curriculum Ideas for the Garden!
Just getting a change in scenery can stimulate interest for students in subjects they don’t enjoy as much. Use the garden as a hands-on place where the student’s excitement can be rekindled for learning reading, writing, math, science or social studies.
* As you choose to do a project in the garden, engage the children in spelling out new words that they hear others using.
* Encourage students to read the garden signs and seed packets.
* As a class, offer to make signs for the garden. Research the topic (e.g. compost) and then create a sign. The garden coordinator can help you make the sign more permanent.
* Assist the garden coordinator in making sure Spanish vocabulary is in the garden.
* Poetry can be inspirational. Ask your students to write poetry while in the garden.
* Have each student find something in the garden they want to learn more about (plant, insect, bird, vegetable). Use this a basis for a book report or research for homework.
*Adding, counting, multiplying, measuring and estimated are all possible in the garden. Measure rainfall or change in plant height, determine area of growing areas, measure the circumference of a pumpkin, estimate the number of flowers in a bed,
* Show real plants when teaching the parts of a plant.
* Plant seeds and determine what is needed for plant to grow.
* Insects and bugs! Need I say more? We have a worm bin for compost!
Social Science and History
* Learn about Native Americans, while enjoying the 3 Sisters Garden
* What is farming, agriculture and where does our food come from?
* Learn about nutrition while making fresh salsa, eating raw peas, or making pesto!
Many websites have lesson plans and some states are developing Farm to School Programs which can be a great help. 4-H is a great resource along with the County Extension Office. See links in the curriculum links section.