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

Science and Engineering Practices Posters

The 8 NGSS Science and Engineering Practices Posters plus one poster listing all the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices in a Zipped folder.

Getting Started – A Guide for Creating School Gardens as Outdoor Classrooms

Comenzando (Getting Started in Spanish)

Guía para crear jardines escolares como salón de clases al aire libre

Gardening Tips for Schools Booklet

Science Exploration Units

Created with lessons from the K-5 Life Lab Science Curriculum and The Growing Classroom.

These units have 6 lessons each and are available as a free PDF download or purchased as a set of four from our store

Download the following units:

Pondering Plants Science Exploration Unit – 1st Grade

Examining the jobs of three different plant parts – roots, stems, and leaves – helps students to understand that all plants need the same fundamental resources: sun, soil, water, and air.

Soil Stories Science Exploration Unit – 2nd Grade

Students dig into dirt and discover the secrets of the intricate ecosystem living beneath their feet. After discovering soil’s components, students take the next steps to become stewards of the soil.

Garden Pollinators Science Exploration Unit – 3rd Grade

Examining the diversity of pollinators in the garden and their role in the ecosystem provides an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the mechanisms of adaptation.

Garden Habitats Science Exploration Unit – 4th Grade

Exploring plant and animal habitats helps students learn more about the diversity of life in the garden.

Engaging University Students in Local School Gardens

A toolkit for School Districts, School Garden Support Organizations and Universities

Also see our Blog Posts tagged Lessons and Activities

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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.
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