This website, based out of North Carolina, has some excellent lessons and recipes for the school garden! Lessons are sorted by grade level, from PreK through high school. View Resource »
Explore a world of possibilities in the garden and on your plate using ten inquiry-based lessons that engage 5th and 6th graders in growing, harvesting, tasting, and learning about fruits and vegetables. Each lesson meets education standards in one or more of the following subjects: Science (National Academy of Sciences), English/language arts (Common Core State Standards Initiative), math (Common Core State Standards Initiative), health (American Cancer Society) View Resource »
From the Edible Schoolyard, these books engage students by integrating kitchen and garden learning into middle school mathematics. Free PDFs are available for lessons for grade six, grade 7, and grade eight. The lessons differ from many supplementary curriculum materials in their alignment with mathematics standards for middle school. View Resource »
During the 2015 Growing Minds course, participants were asked to briefly describe one lesson they have used in the garden that connects with core curriculum. There were so many ideas, we had to make an entire document! View Resource »
In Teaching in Nature’s Classroom: Core Principles of Garden-Based Education, Nathan Larson shares a philosophy of teaching in the garden. Rooted in years of experience and supported by research, Larson presents fifteen guiding principles of garden-based education. These principles and best practices are illustrated through engaging stories from the field. The book also features a collection of vivid paintings by mural artist Becky Redelings and connections to the research literature provided by Alex Wells and Sam Dennis of the University of Wisconsin Environmental Design Lab.
We are excited to be able to offer copies of Teaching in Nature’s Classroom in both English and Spanish, free of charge! Visit the book website to receive a free copy.