Life in the Garden Lessons

Nourish’s Life in the Garden lessons are short lessons to guide teachers in teaching students about gardening. These lessons can be adapted not only for the classroom, but also for clubs, summer school, and after-school programming. While recognizing the academic load that teachers are required to teach students, we believe the best way to share garden education, is to design hands-on activities that can be woven seamlessly into a number of subjects.

These lessons cover the very basics of gardening ranging from making a garden bed to preparing food from the garden

Scroll below to access these materials:

Lesson 1: Let’s Get Gardening

This lesson walks students through the various gardening tools, their uses, how to prepare a garden bed, and things to consider when making a new bed.

Download the lessons for: Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade



Lesson 2: Seeds

This lesson walks students through the basics of seeds, how they grow, the different types, and how seeds can travel.

Download the lessons for: Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade



Lesson 3: Basics of Botany

Students will learn the fundamentals of what plants need to survive as well as the basics of plant anatomy.

Download the lessons for: Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade


Lesson 4: Weather

Students will learn about weather patterns, and how weather influences agriculture.

Download the lessons for: Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade



Lesson 5: Pollination

This lesson educates students about pollinators and their role in the garden.

Download the lessons for: Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade




Lesson 6: Weeds

This lesson teaches kids about identifying weeds, and the roles that weeds can play in the ecosystem.

Download the lessons for: Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade

 

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Lesson 7: Compost

Students will learn how to compost and why they should

Download the lessons for: Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade

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Lesson 8: Farm to Table

Students will learn about how they can use garden-fresh food in the kitchen

Download the lessons for: Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade

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Lesson 9: Bedtime for the Garden

Students will learn about how to prep a garden bed for winter

Download the lessons for: Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade

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Lesson 10: Pest Control

This lesson teaches students about pest management and why it’s useful

Download the lessons for: Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade