Common Core and Next Generation Science 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.
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.
- K-8 Next Generation Science Standards in the Garden
- Common Core Standards Used in the Garden and Edible Education
And a few other useful resources on this topic:
Take the Common Core Outdoors: School gardens offer lessons beyond science and healthy eating created by Jane Hirschi
Science and Engineering Practices 11x17in Posters
Do you have other resources to help connect Garden-Based Learning with the new content standards? List them below in the comments.