Bureau of Curriculum and Instruction
Bureau of Curriculum and Instruction
School Garden Lesson Plans
- Class Cookbook (PDF) 2nd grade
The class compiles a cookbook with favorite family recipes to illustrate how different cultures use similar ingredients to create distinctive foods.
- Comparative Tasting Format (PDF) K-6
Students will be able to use their senses to observe different aspects of a variety of fruits or vegetables during a comparative tasting.
- Fruits and Vegetables
Fun information about different fruits and vegetables.
- Fruits and Vegetables for Health (PDF)
Five lessons designed to teach students about the production, distribution, and nutritional value of California’s fresh produce.
- A Sour Subject (PDF)
Students compare and contrast grapefruits and lemons.
- Team Nutrition Fruits and Vegetables Lessons for Preschool Children (PDF)
A set of 10 lesson plans that encourage preschool children to develop healthy eating and physical activity habits.
- Tools and Us (PDF) K-3
This activity uses role playing to demonstrate safe tool use in the garden.
- Vitamin Values (PDF) 4-6
This activity helps make the connection between different food types, the nutrients they supply and how they keep us healthy.
- Tomato Trivia (PDF)
Using tomatoes as a theme, students practice their math, language arts and science skills of estimating, measuring, counting, graphing, listening, speaking and sequencing.
- What’s Bugging You? (PDF)
Through a variety of activities, students reinforce their skills of reading, writing, designing, investigating, and problem-solving while learning about a current issue— pest management.
- Adapt-A-Seed (PDF) K-6
Students will use hand-made materials to adapt seeds for different means of dispersal, such as flying and floating.
- Compost Bags (PDF) K-3
Students manage natural decomposition be creating their own compost bag.
- Compost Creatures and Friends (PDF)
Students learn about the inhabitants of the compost ecosystem and appreciate what is involved in creating healthy soils.
- The Compost Charming Cycle (Word, 50KB)
Students will learn how composting works and what items can be composted.
- Dig Me, and Dig Me Again (PDF) K-6
This activity demonstrates the double-digging method of soil preparation.
- Independent Plant Growth Experiment (Word, 232KB)
Students discover how plants grow using the scientific process.
- Making a Worm Compost Bin (PDF) K-3
Students will be able to help build a worm compost bin, recycle fruits and vegetables, and compost food waste.
- The Mysterious Plant Caper (PDF)
This exciting, hands-on unit is an integrated, thematic exploration which takes students on a search for clues to solve the PLANT CAPER MYSTERY.
- Seed Magic (PDF) K-3
Students dissect seeds in order to observe seed parts and then plant them with and without the conditions they need to see how they grow.
- Seed Saving and Sowing (PDF) K-3
In this activity, students learn about saving seeds and growing tomato plants.
- Sensual Soil (PDF) K-3
Through exploring soil, students use most of their senses to discover different qualities of soil.
- Soil (PDF)
Students learn the components of soil and how plants grow in different types of soil.
- Soil Detectives (PDF) K-6
Students collect soil and make observations, comparing soils from different areas.
- The Sprouting Seed (Word, 162KB)
Students explore the process of germination.
- Stem, Root, Leaf, or Fruit? (PDF) Grades K-3
Students classify foods and spices they eat according to plant parts and make a vegetable and dip snack.
- Temperature Hunt (PDF) K-3
Supervised groups of students search for the coldest and warmest locations in the garden or school yard.
- To Dig or Not to Dig (PDF) 4-6
Students conduct a garden experiment on the effects of compaction on plant growth by monitoring seedling growth in compacted and loosened soil.
- Water We Doing (PDF) K-3
In this two-week project, students observe the relationship between watering and plant growth and apply their experimental findings to the garden.
- WE Garden (PDF)
10 lesson plans helpful for growing a successful school garden.
- We Got It Covered: Mulching in the Garden (PDF) 4-6
Students learn the process of mulching a garden.
- Weeding, Writing, and Arithmetic (PDF) K-6
Students maintain a weed and non-weed section of a garden bed.
- Wet and Wonderful (PDF) K-3
Students will pay much closer attention to how much they water and how they do it when they understand that it makes a difference to the plants.
- Asparagus (PDF) K-3
Students will be able to identify the parts of an asparagus spear, compare spears with different thicknesses, as well as learn about the asparagus in general.
- Corn (PDF) K-3
Students will be able to identify three types of corn, state the parts of corn, and understand the functions of the different parts.
- Food Legends (PDF)
Students become storytellers by creating legends about the origins of foods.
- Heritage Banner or Quilt (PDF)
To illustrate the legacy of the Columbian Exchange on American food customs, students assemble a banner or quilt.
- On Location (PDF) 4-6
Students map different characteristics of the school or garden site to help create awareness of the area.