School Garden Activities

Starting with our Guide to Kids' Gardening published in 1983, NGA has focused on providing practical and creative ways for educators to incorporate gardening and plant-based activities into the curriculum. Below you will find links to our vast lesson collection.

This activity is from NGA's GrowLab®: Activities for Growing Minds. This curriculum brings plant-based explorations to life through 46 lesson plans and hundreds of extension
Objectives Students will learn:
Objectives Read Oliver's Vegetables by Vivian French. Discuss the edible parts of plants. Learn the health benefits of vegetables and why they should eat some every day.
Objectives Learn about symbols and why they are important. Investigate their state flower and how it fits into state history. Central Concepts Symbols are ways to communicate
Objectives Learn the different parts of a bulb and what they do. Explore the parts of the bulb through dissection. Central Concepts A bulb is a plant that grows from an
Objectives Students will participate in a science experiment to learn the cold requirements of spring-flowering bulbs.
Objectives complete a site analysis learn the elements of an accessible garden design brainstorm ways to make the garden accessible Central Concepts Gardens should be
Objectives Learn the difference between angiosperms and gymnosperms Learn the purpose of flowers Investigate and identify the parts of a flower using live specimens Central
Overview Plants connect us all because all living things depend on them -- air, food, shelter, clothing, even water. For this exercise, students will investigate food plant
A broad base of support, within both your school and community, will help sustain your learning garden. Soliciting donations from local groups and businesses is more than a way of
Objectives Students will: Reflect on and discuss ways that plants support human health and well-being Give a plant or a container garden to a group or individual that can
Objectives Students will: learn that images and objects can convey meaning; conceptualize symbols of peace, and describe how they connect the idea of peace to their symbols; plan
Overview Students investigate tree rings and how they can be used to determine historical environmental conditions.
Overview Students practice measuring the circumference of trunks and estimate the height of trees. Materials: Trees Tape measure Stick Meter stick Background The American
Growing flowers helps teach kids many art, language, language arts, math, and science concepts—along with patience, responsibility, and appreciation for the natural world. Below

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