School Garden Project Curriculum
School Garden Project is regarded as the primary resource in Lane County for educators seeking to establish garden learning programs. Since 2001 we have been serving the community by providing standards-based garden education programs, training opportunities, and our standards-based curriculum. School Garden Project is recognized as an emerging local leader in STEM curriculum design and implementation, providing curriculum resources, teacher consulting, and direct STEM in the Garden education. We have worked collaboratively with local teachers and other educators to create powerful learning opportunities through school gardens. This curriculum has been applied in the field, tested and modified, to provide deeply engaging, relevant, and student centered education within the school garden framework.
Next Generation Science
Our Science in the Garden Curriculum is a set of 10 lessons with a focus on exploration of life and earth science phenomena. Lessons have been refined by School Garden Project staff through years of teaching grades 2-5 and have been aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Each lesson contains a variety of activities which can be combined and adapted for lessons that range from basic to complex, depending on the needs of the student group. These lessons are designed for use during School Garden Project school day programming with classes of 18-36 students and require the assistance of an additional 1-2 educators. However, many of the activities can be adapted for use by an individual educator or for smaller groups of 6-10 students. School Garden Project offers these lessons as an free resource to the education community.
During this lesson students will learn the six basic plant parts, gain an understanding of how they function to support plant survival, and create a vegetable wrap using all plant parts. A game will help students to begin thinking of the food they eat in terms of botany.
During this lesson, students will explore the many ways in which seeds move away from their parent plant. Students will have the opportunity to explore and examine the diverse world of seeds, become engineers during the Build a Seed activity, and have the opportunity to save seeds from their own garden.
During this lesson students will explore the garden habitat through game based learning, garden exploration, and working in the garden to improve their own schoolyard habitat. Students will learn the importance of food, water, and shelter, and begin to understand the different needs of organisms throughout the world.
During this lesson students will explore the role of worms in moving matter through their environment! Through hands-on observation, game based learning, and compost building, students get up close and personal with worms!
During this lesson students will learn about the seasonality of plants in connection to their climate. Students will mimic diverse plant lifecycles through a game, plant summer crops and survey the garden for different plant lifecycle stages.