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.

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
Bees are both fascinating and critical pollinators, offering rich material for lessons in animal behavior, the process of pollination, ecology, and habitat. Try out some of these
This lesson was adapted with permission from the Michigan Youth Farm Stand Project Toolkit, 2009 from the C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems at Michigan State University
Overview If there is a sunny place at your school or community garden, consider adding a hummingbird garden to supply both the nectar and the insects hummers need as they
Overview: Based on what they know about hummingbirds, students will design and create their own feeder using everyday materials. Subject Areas: science, visual arts, math Key

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