School Garden Lesson Packet

Grade Levels
K - 6th
Formats Included
  • PDF
11 pages


These one-page lessons have great ideas for hands-on, garden-based learning that can be used within or outside the classroom walls.

  • Seed Match (related handout): Understanding How Plants Begin as Seeds
  • My Life as a Fruit or Vegetable: Following Food From Farm to Fork
  • Eat Your Plants: Eating Garden Produce for a Healthy Body
  • Frozen, Canned or Fresh?: Tasting and Testing the Harvest
  • Six of One, Half Dozen of the Other: Gathering, Grouping and Guessing Garden Objects
  • Let's Make Compost Cake: Nourishing and Nurturing Soil With Compost
  • Shake, Rattle & Roll: Analyzing Soil Composition for Plant Health
  • Read the Roots: Conserving Resources by Watering Efficiently
  • Bug Sweep: Observing and Identifying Garden Insects
  • California Crops: Discovering What Grows Where in the Golden State
  • Busy Bees: Investigating the Pollination Cycle

The California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating youth throughout California about the importance of agriculture in their daily lives. For additional free resources, visit LearnAboutAg.org.

Total Pages
11 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.
Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death. Changes organisms go through during their life form a pattern. Assessment of plant life cycles is limited to those of flowering plants. Assessment does not include details of human reproduction.
Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive. Examples of patterns could include that animals need to take in food but plants do not; the different kinds of food needed by different types of animals; the requirement of plants to have light; and, that all living things need water.
Measure and graph quantities to provide evidence that regardless of the type of change that occurs when heating, cooling, or mixing substances, the total weight of matter is conserved. Examples of reactions or changes could include phase changes, dissolving, and mixing that forms new substances. Assessment does not include distinguishing mass and weight.
Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed. Emphasis is on qualitative molecular-level models of solids, liquids, and gases to show that adding or removing thermal energy increases or decreases kinetic energy of the particles until a change of state occurs. Examples of models could include drawings and diagrams. Examples of particles could include molecules or inert atoms. Examples of pure substances could include water, carbon dioxide, and helium.


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