Garden Lessons

Our school was lucky enough to win a grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation for this lesson-writing project. And we want to share the series with anyone who’s walking down this road with us, trying to develop a school-wide gardening program.

Below you’ll find a sequenced set of lessons for pre-K through 5th grade to use in a school garden, all of which correlate with North Carolina Standard Course of Study. Very easy, very relevant.

16 Lessons for Pre-K and Kindergarten

15 Lessons for 1, 2 and 3 graders

15 Lessons for 4 and 5 graders

Occasionally, you’ll see a recipe for something healthful that classrooms can make using what’s ripe in the garden.

Mostly, though, you’ll see lessons that accomplish two things:

First, these lessons connect students with the land and the seasons, and help them discover where food really comes from.

Second, they allow teachers to teach a lot of the things they have to teach anyway — decomposition, plant life cycles, insects, weather, erosion, etc. Only this way, they get to do it outside in a hands-on, experiential way.


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