Kids will love these FALL Garden-based Science, Nature, and Nutrition Lessons written for First and Second Grade children (activities are also appropriate to use with older kids as well).
The First and Second Grade Fall Lessons build upon the "Pre-K and Kindergarten" Rutabaga Education Lessons. They serve as both introduction and review to seasonally growing food. Children are also exposed to Ecosystem Science while they explore Photosynthesis, Food Chains, and Food Webs.
- 10 scaffolded easy to teach lessons that build upon themselves from week to week
- Cross-curriculum content that brings real-life relevance to other subject areas
- All-inclusive photos and resources provided, which means less prep time and more time learning outdoors (printable pages for kids are also included)
- Each week has a 2-3 page scripted lesson so that teachers and parents can lead with confidence
Topics Covered Include:
- Seasonal Planting and Planning (Warm versus Cool Seasons)
- Cucumbers (Nutrition, History, and Recipe)
- Apples (Varieties, Tasting, and Charting)
- Pumpkins (Learning about and making Scientific Hypotheses)
- Leaves Changing Color (Chlorophyll and Photosynthesis)
- Worms (Anatomy, Decomposition, True/False Activity)
- Soil (Healthy Composition)
- Potatoes (History, How to Grow, Recipes)
- Fall Scavenger Hunt (Measurement, Observation, Food Chains)
- Fall Harvest (When and How)
This tested elementary school curriculum makes it easy to have or add garden-based learning to any classroom or home. Kids will not feel like they are doing any "work" while engaging with their environment. Learning about where our food comes from encourages community, collaboration, environmental awareness, and life-long healthy habits.
Having a garden plot is helpful but not needed for these lessons to be impactful!