Sixth Grade Garden Rotation

ESY Berkeley Teaching Staff
Edible Schoolyard Project
Berkeley, CA

6th Grade

Sixth graders at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School in Berkeley, California, receive ten lessons in the garden. Their garden experience begins with orienting students to the space and teaching them fundamental gardening skills. They then explore a number of garden-related subjects, including decomposition, flower biology, pollinators, and more.

No. Lesson Location Grade Key Concepts
1 Respect in the Garden Garden Classroom 6 – 8 Classroom Culture, Garden Orientation, Behavioral Expectations
2 Card Hike Garden Classroom 6 – 8 Garden Orientation, Observation, Garden Names
3 Compost Lab Garden Classroom 6 – 8 Decomposition Compost, Living Soil
4 Bees Garden Classroom 6 – 8 Bees, Safety, Pollinators, Honey
5 Greenhouse Lab Garden Classroom 6 – 8 Climate Change, Greenhouse
6 Apple Cider Garden Classroom 6 – 8 Seasonality, Harvesting, Teamwork
No. Lesson Location Grade Key Concepts
7 Welcome Back Lesson Garden Classroom 6 – 8 Respect, Garden Work, Responsibility
8 Flower Discovery Garden Classroom 6 – 8 Structure and Function
9 Ancient Technologies Walk Garden Classroom 6 – 8 Ancient Technologies, Teamwork
10 Kale Pesto with Lemonade Garden Classroom 6 – 8 Harvesting, Community