Standards Aligned:
Welcome Back Lesson
Place of Learning: 
90 minutes
Grade Level: 
In this sixth-grade Edible Schoolyard class, students are welcomed back after the winter break to start the new semester. They discuss seasonality in depth and review how the 4B’s can be applied in the garden (Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be an Ally).
Student Learning Goals & Objectives: 

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Explain the concept of seasonality
  • Explain the behavioral expectations in the garden using information on the 4B’s poster as a guide
  • Demonstrate an emerging understanding of the Edible Schoolyard tools, techniques, and concepts

During this lesson, students will:

  • Discuss seasonality and look for it in the garden
  • Review the 4B’s poster and share real-life examples
  • Discuss how teamwork, unity, and confidence can be developed in the garden
Materials & Prep: 
  • Respect in the Garden Visual Aid
  • Garden tools necessary for jobs
before you begin
  • Create the "Respect in the Garden" Visual Aid
  • Create the Job Board, listing garden jobs for the day
    Procedure Steps: 

    Welcome students to the Ramada and review the Respect in the Garden poster.

    1. Introduce the Job Board.
      • There are usually four jobs, or four jobs and one lab, or one to three stations for students to rotate between.
      • Have each teacher explain further about the job they will be leading.
    2. Tell students to note one thing that has changed in the garden to share in Closing Circle and to remember their garden name from the fall semester.
    3. Divide the class into four groups for garden jobs.

    The class is broken into four groups, each with one garden teacher and six to eight students who focus on one job.

    1. Check in and review garden job at the job site.
    2. Have each student answer a “check-in” question.
      • Ask if they notice anything that has changed in the garden since their last day before winter break.
      • Remind them to remember their answer, or look for one if they didn’t have one yet, to share in Closing Circle.
    3. Break down the steps for the garden job and have students identify necessary tools before going to the toolshed.
    4. Work together on your garden job.
    5. Give students short breaks for chicken time and foraging.

    Ask students to share their garden name.

    1. After students share their garden name, ask them to identify one thing that has changed in the garden since the fall semester.
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    Academic Standards

    Common Core State Standards

    English Language Arts and Literacy, Grade 6


    Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher- led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.


    Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.


    Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

    Edible Schoolyard Standards

    The Edible Schoolyard Program



    Students work with each other and teachers to develop community and personal stewardship, along with skills that will help them navigate different situations throughout their lives.



    Understand seasonality by recognizing and enjoying foods at their peak of flavor and ripeness.


    All lessons at the Edible Schoolyard Berkeley are developed in collaboration with the teachers and staff of the Edible Schoolyard and Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School.

    This lesson follows the BEETLES Project’s Learning Cycle (Invitation > Exploration > Concept Invention > Application > Reflection) and uses their Discussion Routines (e.g. Think-Pair-Share and Whip-Around).  For more information, review the BEETLES Learning Cycle (PDF) and Discussion Routines (PDF) documents or visit beetlesproject.org.