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Here's a great art activity to do with flower petals. Download this lesson and some others from The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids: 101 Activities to Get Outside, Dirty and Having Fun!
View more activities in our easy garden activity video playlist.
Lesson packet from our Feeling Fine with Fresh Foods Field Trip.
Our winter field trip helps students make the important connection between their health and the foods they choose. Classes explore our Garden Classroom and the UCSC Farm, and activities prepare students to make informed decisions about what they eat.
Download the pre/post visit lesson packet (25 pages) for 3rd-5th grades which includes:
Recently, my friend who has become the "garden parent" for her son's school lamented to me, "I know how to garden, but what am I going to do with 10 kindergarteners in the garden?" There is a world of difference between gardening in your yard and gardening with a class of kids. Although not essential, gardening skills help, but having lesson plans and ideas about outdoor classroom management can create … [Read More →]
Many teachers break large groups of students into smaller groups in order to facilitate meaningful learning opportunities in the garden. By designing some activities that a small, supervised group of students can accomplish independently, teachers are able to divide their classes and engage small groups, one at a time, in in-depth scientific investigations while other students experience a more self-directed approach to learning. Toward this end, over the years we … [Read More →]
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Our summer day camps are coming to a close. Foggy mornings and sunny afternoons have framed great days of exploration, harvest, cooking, crafts, farm chores, and fresh-fruit-pop-sucking-story-time.
Two chicks were born during camp, one is a unique Frizzle chick! Only about 1/4 of Frizzle offspring actually get the curly frizzled feathers and this chick is fantasically frizzled.
Expanded sessions of Garden Sprouts were … [Read More →]
Here's a nice collection of resources for teaching and working in school and community gardens with Spanish speakers:
Created with lessons from the K-5 Life Lab Science Curriculum and The Growing Classroom our Science Exploration Units are garden themed and aligned to the California State Science Standards.
These units have 6 lessons each and are available as a PDF download or purchased as a set of four from our store
Download the following units:
Our two new publications will help get families and wee-ones exploring the garden!
Sowing the Seeds of Wonder – Discovering the Garden in Early Childhood Education
Through hands-on activities preschool-age children will engage all of their senses as they discover the joys of gardening. Sowing the Seeds of Wonder is an educator guidebook that provides insight and lessons for educators to help students develop a lifelong connection to the outdoors. Lessons guide young students to … [Read More →]
In our responses to the editor of The Atlantic we ask that they publish The Garden, A Master Teacher written by a Life Lab Camp parent Kristen Berhan.
One of the complex questions I have been living is the question of education. This is a question that has grown within me from my own education in the public school system and now ripens as I have the
Along with our rebuttals to Cultivating Failure we submitted this essay for publication in The Atlantic.
When I was a child and the world seemed grim I had a place that I would go to and find myself again. I think, or hope, that most of us had such a place. Mine was deep in what I remember as a thick forest behind … [Read More →]
Videodiscovery publishes 4th and 5th grade Life Lab Science Curriculum.… [Read More →]
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Addison-Wesley and Life Lab enter into a publishing agreement. The Growing Classroom is promoted and sold across the country.… [Read More →]
Life Lab self publishes the first version of The Growing Classroom Activity Guide and creates workshops which are conducted for 10 schools in Santa Cruz County. Life Lab garners its first science award, The WSTA Center of Excellence. Staff start attending regional and national conferences with The Growing Classroom Activity Guide.… [Read More →]