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

101 Ways to Connect Learning to the Garden

Gardening Project Map created in the early 1980s by Vicki Greenhouse for her 2nd & 3rd grade students in Lincoln, Vermont. Orginally published in Life Lab's The Growing Classroom in 1982, reproduced in color Slow Food USA's School Garden Guide in 2013

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Science Skills

  • Observing
  • Measuring
  • Comparing
  • Predicting
  • Testing
  • Concluding

Science Related Activities

  • Soils
  • Seeds
  • Tools
  • Temperature
  • Plant Growth
  • Sunlight
  • Water Usage

Social Studies

  • Cooperative Working Skills
  • Increased Self Esteem
  • Agricultural Occupations
  • Ag Economics
  • Learning a Hobby

Language Arts Expressive Language

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Interviewing
  • Dramatizing
  • Questioning
  • Restating
  • Summarizing

Written Expression

  • Letter Writing
  • Journaling
  • Fictional Writing
  • Recording Observations

Reading

  • Fictional Stories
  • Literature Appreciation
  • Directions
  • Seed Packets
  • Learning Centers

Music

  • Singing
  • Instrumental Music
  • Drama

Math

  • Geometry
  • Computation

Estimating and Measuring

  • Weighing
  • Volume
  • Area
  • Time
  • Plant Growth

Recording

  • Logging
  • Graphing
  • Charting

Art

  • Charcol
  • Rubbings
  • Pen & Ink
  • Puppets
  • Garden Gifts
  • Vegetable Printing
  • Vegetable Dyes
  • Natural Collage
  • Painting
  • Sketching

Health

  • Nutrition Education
  • Foods and Diet
  • Tool Safety
  • Being Outdoors

Physical Education

  • Walking
  • Lifting
  • Carrying
  • Digging
  • Planting
  • Raking
  • Dexterity and Balance

 

View our School Garden Resource page.

View more on the Value of School Gardens www.lifelab.org/whyschoolgardens

 

 

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