Involve the students in the design and building of the garden beds and fences along with other garden related projects
- This can lead to great lessons when:
- Calculating the size and volume of planting beds
- Calculating growing times and observing these as well
- Learning the science behind the lifecycle of a plant
- Learning the science behind compost
- Determining the miles that their food travels to a super market vs. a farmers market vs. their garden
- Various writing activities about their plants or the garden space
- Art Projects involving seed art, corn husk dolls, leaf prints, sketches, etc.
- Picking a plant and researching its growing times, companion plants, etc.
- Social study lessons in foods from around the world and the roles they have played in history
- 6th grade CA curriculum standards address ancient civilizations. Grow Mediterranean plants such as basil, tomatoes, rosemary, oregano, etc. and tie it into the ongoing theme of ancient cultures.
- 6th grade CA curriculum standards also address mapping for geography. Planning out and drawing their own garden is a great art/ geography/ math project.
- Collaborate as a school. Involve all grades in all activities as much as possible
- At times we receive students who often complain that “only the 3 graders go in the garden”, or “the 6th graders are in charge of compost”. When the students play a role in each part of the garden cycle they are far more connected to what takes place.
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