Journey to the Center of a Seed

The following activity is from the curriculum guide GrowLab: Activities for Growing Minds. This curriculum brings plant-based explorations to life through 46 lesson plans and hundreds of extension activity ideas that spark students' curiosity about plants and invite them to think and act like scientists. Developed by NGA and written and field-tested by educators, this complete curriculum uses fun, illustrated activities to explore plant life cycles, examine plant diversity, and investigate the interdependence of plants, humans, and other living and non-living things.

Exploring Math in the Garden

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Flowers: Graph and Graph Again

Inside the Coordinate Grid

Are you searching for ways to bring your math lessons to life? Are you trying to inspire students who have trouble visualizing textbook examples? Do you need interactive models to demonstrate basic mathematic principles? Then try teaching your math class in the garden!

Curriculum Connections

Looking for ideas to get your students' feet wet before they fashion their own bountiful containers? Here are a few ideas to whet their appetites:

Curriculum Connections

Developing Young Scientists

Like real scientists, your students must learn keen observation to take in information and record details of what they see. After all, it's only after someone has really seen something that he or she can make sense of it. Photography can be a great learning and assessment tool for capturing observations, documenting experiments, and revealing student understanding. Here are some ideas to spark your thinking:

Making Weather-Tracking Tools

Measuring Changes, Sleuthing Seasons, Testing Lore

Weather: sometimes we don't like it, but we certainly can't live without it. The general climate and more immediate weather affect how we live and what we eat. But that's not the half of it. These factors also influence the livelihoods of all the players, plant and animal, in the web of life.

Growing UP (and around, and down...)

Exploring Plant Growth with Garden Structures

One characteristic that distinguishes plants from animals is mobility. But just because plants don't walk, fly, or swim doesn't mean they don't move! Keen garden observers see that, in addition to stretching their stems and leaves upward and outward, sunflowers turn to face the sun, pea tendrils curl around stakes to keep vines erect, and morning glory stems wrap themselves snake-like around the uprights of a trellis.

Learning with Leaves


This pre-K activity guides you in using leaves as a tool for practicing basic math skills and introducing some plant science concepts.


To use leaves as a tool for practicing basic math skills.

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