How To Incorporate Gardening into Kindergarten and First Grade Curriculum
Cross Curricular Activities
By Marilisa Sachteleben
Published on HowToDoThings.com
"Gardening with children is a perfect hands-on multi-sensory activity....
School Garden and Nutrition Curriculum by Denver Urban Gardens (DUG)
This curriculum is current, relevant and extremely well-done. Every elementary school garden team leader should review DUG's site.
"Our seasonal approach to teaching bridges gardening, nutrition and science using standards-aligned lessons for the elementary school classroom and garden. Each lesson includes the applicable Colorado Academic Standards in science and comprehensive health with suggested extensions and modifications. Most lessons are one hour and include a healthy, kid-tested recipe that is appropriate for the classroom, topic and season."
Northpoint used the extensive DUG curriculum summer through fall 2011 and found it accurate and very convenient. We adapted the material to approximately 30 minute sessions to meet the needs of each age group with students in grades K-2 and 3-5.
Northpoint volunteers will continue to reference the DUG curriculum as we prepare lessons for fall 2012. We will also tap into local resources/organizations interested in educating young people including: The Unity Gardens, St. Joseph Valley Master Gardeners, Purdue Extension Program, Michiana Beekeepers Association, Wild Birds Unlimited, St. Joseph County Health Department, the Audubon Society and Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, and local nurseries.