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Lesson Plans

These lesson plans help educators teach many concepts while in a school garden setting. Subjects such as life and earth sciences, art, literacy, math, and social studies have been included. All lessons have been created to align with the New York City Science Scope and Sequence, as well as New York State Standards.

Kindergarten - Second Grade

Fun With Flowers
In this lesson, students will: learn about the basic parts of a flower (petals, pollen, nectar, sepal, fruit, bud, seeds). They will understand how flowers attract pollinators and will be able to identify basic garden pollinators (birds, insects, and bees).
Hello Plants!
In this lesson, students will: learn the difference between living and non-living things. They will learn what a plant is and what makes all plants alike or similar. They will also learn how plants and animals differ.
The Bug Diner
In this lesson, students will: learn what insects are -- what are their distinguishing characteristics. They will learn why insects are important in a garden. They will consider life without insects. They will also learn strategies to control pests in the garden.
Water Ecosystems & Aquatic Plants
In this lesson, students will: learn about what a pond is. They will learn about plants that live in a pond and their unique characteristics that make them able to grow without soil. They will learn about some animals that depend on pond life.
What's the Weather?
In this lesson, students will: learn about weather, climate and seasons and their impact on the garden -- what plants we plant and when we plant them and how plants grow depending on the weather.
Hey Bird -- Is That You Calling?
In this lesson, students will: learn the identity of birds that frequent their neighborhood based on their bird calls and songs. They will learn the difference between bird songs and calls.
The Importance of Tropisms
In this lesson, students will: learn about tropisms -- the growth or movement of a biological organism, usually a plant, in response to an environmental stimulus such as light, gravity or touch.
Start With Seeds
In this lesson, students will: learn about seeds -- what they need to grow, their role, parts, how they are dispersed, different kinds of seeds, and their nutritional value.
Trees Are Our Friends
In this lesson, students will: learn about why we need trees, how trees are important to us, and what the effects are when trees are cut down or fall down. They will learn how they can be a friend to a tree and care for it.
What's It Like to be a Tree?
In this lesson, students will: learn about the parts of a tree and how tree parts interact in order to maintain a tree's health.

Third - Fifth Grade

A Bee's Life
In this lesson, students will: learn about bees. They will learn about the different roles of bees in a colony, the basic anatomy of a bee, and the importance of bees to our environment.
Festive Fall Fruits
In this lesson, students will: learn about the physical properties of squashes, how squashes grow and the life cycle of the squash plant. They will understand that squashes are a fruit, having seeds on the inside. They will use standard and nonstandard ways to measure and estimate.
Herbs That Help to Heal
In this lesson, students will: learn about herbs. They will learn how certain herbs have medicinal qualities.
Naming the Forest
In this lesson, students will: learn about trees. They will learn about how trees give us clues to know what type of tree they are. They will learn about the differences among leaves -- their shape, texture, size and type.
The Journey of the Geophyte
In this lesson, students will: learn what a geophyte is and examples of them. They will learn about the anatomy, characteristics and nutritional value of some geophytes.
A Bird's Journey Home
In this lesson, students will: learn about bird migration. They will learn about why birds migrate, how they know when to migrate and the obstacles they face when they migrate.
George Washington Carver
In this lesson, students will: learn about George Washington Carver -- his achievements in agriculture and how he was a man of great character.
If It Wasn't For Plants...
In this lesson, students will: learn about the process of photosynthesis. They will also learn about the amount of oxygen plants produce and how much oxygen is consumed and needed by a person each day.
Recording Rain
In this lesson, students will: learn about the purpose of a rain gauge. They will learn the best way to measure the amount of rainfall and learn about measuring and analyzing data as well as recording, observing and synthesizing data.

Sixth - Eighth Grade

Fun With Fibonacci
In this lesson, students will: learn about number patterns in nature and the Italian mathematician Fibonacci.
Helping the Soil With Cover Crops
In this lesson, students will: learn the value of using cover crops to improve soil.
How Tall Is That Tree?
In this lesson, students will: learn how to predict and estimate tree height using simple, non-standard methods.
Is That Leaf Sweating?
In this lesson, students will: learn the relative amounts of water lost by plants through transpiration in winter.
Our Changing Earth
In this lesson, students will: be introduced to various types of weathering and erosion. They will discover the effects that occur from weathering and erosion.
Plants Here, Plants There
In this lesson, students will: compare native vegetation in different parts of the United States. They will then explore Web sites to learn about native plants in their own region, and design gardens containing those local plants.
Pollen Power
In this lesson, students will: learn how pollen is spread. They will learn that the quantity of pollen in the air is directly related to the amount of allergic response seen in the general population. They will learn how to use a microscope and basic staining techniques. They will also learn the connection between pollen levels and its effect on allergy sufferers.
The Impact of Light and Air on Plant Growth
In this lesson, students will: explore how environmental factors like light and volume of air influence growth in mung bean sprouts.
Life on a Pond
In this lesson, students will: learn about what a pond is. They will learn about plants that live in a pond and their unique characteristics that make them able to grow without soil. They will learn about some animals that depend on pond life.

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