Resources for Teachers

A Handful of Seeds: Seed Saving and Seed Study for Educators
Lessons linked to California educational standards but great information for educators in any state!  Practical guidelines on seed saving for school gardens, history and lore.

Agriculture & Environment Lesson Plans
Vocational Information Center.  Links tolesson plans, classroom projects and teaching activities for: Agriculture, Aquaculture, Forestry, Animal Science, Environment, Food Science/Culinary Arts, Horticulture, Floriculture, and Landscaping.

BBC Resources for Teachers: Growing Plants
Lessons for children ages five to six meeting United Kingdom curriculum requirements

California School Garden Network
Getting to Know Your Garden: Basics – Bed & box Preparation, Tools & Equipment 
Digging In: Soil, Weather, and Seasons 
Seeds and Planting: Propagation, Germination, Transplanting 
The Growing Plant: Botany, Reproduction, Pollination, and Life cycles 
Garden Habitat: Critters, Beneficial Insects and Pest Control 
Garden Stewardship: Watering, Weeding, Erosion, and Crop Maintenance 
Harvest: Seed Saving, Food Storage and Processing 
Composting: Recycling, Organic Gardening, and Soil Amendment 
From Farm to Table: Food Systems at Work 
Gifts From the Earth: Plant Based Crafts 
Cooking and Eating for Healthy Living: Eat Well for Nutrition 
Food Around the World: Origins, History, and Cultural Uses of Foods

Classroom Victory Garden Project
Created by the National World War II Museum. Among helpful features for teachers are: step-by-step guides for getting your garden started; interactive games; delicious recipes for after the harvest; and cross-curricular lessons that teach students not only about World War II and the role of victory gardens, but also about health, science, and citizenship. Also, teachers can get a free victory garden poster for their classroom!

Cornell Garden-Based Learning Cornell University
Activities, garden advice, citizen science projects and more.

Environmental Education Program 
Grades 4-6 from Hewlett Packard and Scholastic

Flower Pollination, A Resource Guide
Flowers are not only delightful to behold but they serve a higher purpose. Do you know that through the pollination of flowers many plants are able to reproduce and many animals get enough protein or carbohydrates to survive? Consider the food you eat everyday, around 30% is the result of pollination. This source guide to flower pollination is a good way for you to learn and appreciate this important mechanism.

Flowers, Plants, and Gardening: For Kids
From Serenata Flowers… Interactive lessons and resources covering botany, the plant lifecycle, photosynthesis, seed movement and more.

How Does My Garden Grow? Writing in Science Field Journals by Devon Hamner
Science field journals have been in use for many, many years. In fact, Lewis and Clark were asked to keep a field journal by President Thomas Jefferson. Their journals included detailed observations of the land, plants, and animals they saw. This lesson plan invites students to observe and explore their environment in much the same way. Students work together to plant a garden and study its growth using the inquiry process of questioning and exploring. As they research and study, students record their observations in a field journal, to be shared with others—just like Lewis and Clark!

Let It Grow: An Inquiry-Based Organic Gardening Research Project by Loraine Woodward
Struggling readers at the middle school level often become frustrated with research projects because of their low literacy skills. However, they are often very creative, kinesthetic learners and when a research project is scaffolded properly, are able to work independently, think critically, and accomplish a finished product they can feel proud of. This project motivates students to learn about organic gardening by developing their own research questions, conducting research, and gardening at their school. They then create signs about their plants and present their research to the class so that other students can learn about each plant.

Life Lab Science Programs 
Science and environmental education curricula and programs

Project Learning Tree
Award-winning environmental education program for educators, parents and community leaders working with youth from preschool through 12th grade.

Project Learning Tree – Exploring Environmental Issues: Focus on Forests – High School
Integrate teaching about forests into your lessons using hands-on classroom studies and outdoor field investigations.

Schoolyards as Classrooms Project: Alice Ferguson Foundation
Training and curriculum mapping support

The Garden School
Lessons on soil, introduction to plants, roots and leaves, and more!

What’s Growin’ On? Your Link to California Agriculture
Aligned to content standards for grades 3-8