The School Garden Curriculum
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The School Garden Curriculum


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409 Pages

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Sow the seeds of science and wonder and inspire the next generation of Earth stewards

  • The school garden curriculum that teachers have been waiting for
  • This is the first book to offer a whole-school framework for garden education from K-8th grade
  • 200 detailed and comprehensive weekly garden lessons arranged by grade level from K-8, and by season
  • It differs from other school gardening books because it provides an integrated framework for cultivating a garden culture and creating critical thinkers
  • Consistent and cumulative lessons allow students to grow their knowledge through the year and grade levels
  • This curriculum models how to use ecosystem perspectives, science activities, and whole systems thinking
  • Meets Next Generation science standards
  • Each activity includes time frame, introduction, step-by-step instructions, and assessment
  • Includes solutions for common obstacles to success such as summer maintenance, scheduling, administrative support, and creating a school-wide gardening culture Activities include seasonal activities, inquiry projects, science-skill building
  • Combines science, whole system thinking, environmental education, place-based, and immersion learning

Public and private school teachers, Montessori-inspired teachers, parents, homeschoolers, community and outdoor educators, school administrators

School gardening initiatives are growing rapidly in Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, UK, Europe, and Guatemala

Sow the seeds of science and wonder and inspire the next generation of Earth stewards

The School Garden Curriculum offers a unique and comprehensive framework, enabling students to grow their knowledge throughout the school year and build on it from kindergarten to eighth grade. From seasonal garden activities to inquiry projects and science-skill building, children will develop organic gardening solutions, a positive land ethic, systems thinking, and instincts for ecological stewardship.

The world needs young people to grow into strong, scientifically literate environmental stewards. Learning gardens are great places to build this knowledge, yet until now there has been a lack of a multi-grade curriculum for school-wide teaching aimed at fostering a connection with the Earth.

The book offers:

  • A complete K-8 school-wide framework

  • Over 200 engaging, weekly lesson plans – ready to share

  • Place-based activities, immersive learning, and hands-on activities

  • Integration of science, critical thinking, permaculture, and life skills

  • Links to Next Generation Science Standards

  • Further resources and information sources.

A model and guide for all educators, The School Garden Curriculum is the complete package for any school wishing to use ecosystem perspectives, science, and permaculture to connect children to positive land ethics, personal responsibility, and wonder, while building vital lifelong skills.


Introduction: Where Permaculture and Science Meet

Kindergarten: An Introduction to Gardening
    Fall: Getting to Know the Garden
    Winter: Pollination and Seeds
    Spring: Insects and Garden Species

First Grade — Grade One: Seeds
    Fall: The Edible Parts of Plants
    Winter: Traveling Seeds
    Spring: Sprouting Seeds Experiment

Second Grade — Grade Two: Pollinators and Cycles
    Fall: Seasons and Garden Changes
    Winter: Beneficial Insects and Birds
    Spring: Observing Pollinators

Third Grade — Grade Three: Becoming Soil Scientists
    Fall: The Garden Ecosystem
    Winter: Soil Vitality Experiment
    Spring: Fostering Healthy Soils

Fourth Grade — Grade Four: Vermicomposting
    Fall: Becoming a Worm Expert
    Winter: Mini Worm Bin Project
    Spring: Worms Help Grow a Healthier Garden

Fifth Grade — Grade Five: Composting
    Fall: Composting Basics
    Winter: Compost in a Jar Experiment
    Spring: Healthy Soils and Garden Plants

Sixth Grade — Grade Six: Rain Gardens
    Fall: The Way Water Moves
    Winter: Rain Garden Design
    Spring: Building a Rain Garden

Leadership and Stewardship

Seventh Grade — Grade Seven: Renewable Resources
    Fall: Catching and Storing Energy
    Winter: Valuing Renewable and Natural Resources
    Spring: Using Small and Slow Solutions

Eighth Grade — Grade Eight: Leadership and Stewardship
    Fall: Energy Cycles and Conservation
    Winter: Designing Systems
    Spring: Supporting Biodiversity

Appendix A: Next Generation Science Standards
Appendix B: Resources
About the Author
About New Society Publishers



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Published 23 April 2019
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EAN13 9781771422949
Language English
Document size 3 MB

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