Class Cookbook (PDF) 2nd grade
The class compiles a cookbook with favorite family recipes to illustrate how different cultures use similar ingredients to create
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
Fun information about different fruits and vegetables.
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?
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.
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
This exciting, hands-on unit is an integrated, thematic exploration which takes students on a search for clues to solve the PLANT
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
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.
Students learn the components of soil and how plants grow in different types of soil.
Students collect soil and make observations, comparing soils from different areas.
The Sprouting Seed
Students explore the process of germination.
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.
Supervised groups of students search for the coldest and warmest locations in the garden or school yard.
To Dig or Not to Dig
Students conduct a garden experiment on the effects of compaction on plant growth by monitoring seedling growth in compacted and
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.
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
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
Food Legends (PDF)
Students become storytellers by creating legends about the origins of foods.
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.