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First and Second Grade Spring Lessons; DIGITAL DOWNLOAD by Rutabaga Education Garden & Science Curriculum

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Kids will love these Garden-based Science, Nature, and Nutrition Lessons, written for First and Second Grade students (and can also be used with older children).

The First and Second Grade Spring Lessons are packed with grade-appropriate life science. Lessons begin focusing on the relationships between animals and plants in the garden. Activities then gear to introduce children to various seasonally appropriate plants that reinforce the idea of biodiversity and interdependence.

Resource Highlights:

  • Ten 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:

  • Pollinators and Sticky Stigmas
  • Monarchs, Milkweed, and Mimicry
  • Ladybug Lifecycles and Organic Pest Control
  • Ant Communication and Tasty Recipe
  • Sunflower Phototropism, Seed Nutrition, and Art Project
  • Flower Power for Biodiversity, Pollinator Enticement, and Pest Repellent
  • Succulents and Plant Propagation
  • All About Aloe - Investigation and its Healing Properties
  • Wildflower Seed Balls and Environmental Responsibility
  • Three Sisters Companion Planting and Popcorn Popping Science

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!