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Life Lab cultivates children's love of learning, healthy food, and nature through garden-based education.

Common Core in the Garden

Here at Life Lab, we have cross-mapped every lesson in The Growing Classroom with the new Common Core Math and Language Arts standards and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) being rolled out in schools across the country! We've also cross-mapped every lesson in Sowing the Seeds of Wonder with California's Preschool Learning Foundations.

 

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More Resources to Connect Garden-Based Learning with the New Content Standards

A school garden (however large or small) provides a meaningful context in which students can apply new academic concepts and skills. Whether they are graphing the temperature of their compost pile over time; reading a recipe to make fresh salsa; writing a story from the perspective of an ant; or presenting to a buddy class on the animals that visited their sunflower patch, the opportunities for children to practice traditional academic subjects in the garden are limitless! As students use their newfound math and language skills to measure, calculate, graph, and communicate about things that really matter to them, they deepen their understanding of the subject matter while also rediscovering the joy and fascination that characterizes learning within a meaningful context.

Here's a quick list of content standards that are especially easy to connect to the garden.

And a few other useful resources on this topic:

Farm to School and the Common Core Standards created by Emily Hoyler of Shelburne Farms' Sustainable Schools Project.

Take the Common Core Outdoors: School gardens offer lessons beyond science and healthy eating created by Jane Hirschi

Six Key Reasons the New Next Generation Science Standards are Great for Environmental Education by Kevin Coyle

 

Do you have other resources to help connect Garden-Based Learning with the new content standards? List them below in the comments. 

  • Rhondi Hackett

    Are there various children/ student gardens of sunflowers in the state of South Carolina. I am very curious of the outcomes. Also looking forward to the results of how the children are able use mathematics and science.

  • http://www.lifelab.org/ Life Lab

    Hi Rhondi, We have found that both math and science education thrive in a school garden setting. Learn more about what is learned in a school garden here http://www.lifelab.org/for-educators/schoolgardens/whyschoolgardens/

    Best,
    John – Life Lab

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Rachel Pringle

Rachel PringleSenior Director of ProgramsEducation Outside

Life Lab has been the most innovative and relevant organization in this field. From providing the best curriculum to their cutting edge professional development, we have relied on Life Lab as our go to organization for support, ideas, and collaboration.

Erica Curry

Erica CurryTraining and Professional Development ManagerFoodCorps

Life Lab provides truly inspiring training. Their breadth of experience, joy for teaching, and commitment to sharing knowledge highlight the best practices in food and garden education.

Sheila Bricken

Sheila BrickenKindergarten TeacherSan Lorenzo Valley Elementary

Thank you for such a wonderful field trip experience! Your leaders did such a great job at keeping our kids engaged.

Tara Neier

Tara NeierCamp ParentSummer camp mom

Terry had another awesome two weeks at Life Lab. I think he learns more there than in any other part of his year. School is great, but he’s passionate (and often dogmatic) about what he learns there.