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My First Garden
http://urbanext.illinois.edu/firstgarden/
A guide to the fun and clever world of gardening.

I Can Garden:Kidz Corner
http://www.icangarden.com/kidz.cfm
A Canadian gardening site with a Kidz corner section that offers a number of activities and projects for kids in the garden.

Growing a Green Generation
http://www.chhs.unh.edu/csdc/growing-green-generation
Growing a Green Generation is a horticulture curriculum for pre-school to kindergarten age children with gardening videos.

Gardening for Kids
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/victorygarden/
Tips from the Victory Garden for gardening with kids.

The Edible School Garden Program
http://edibleschoolyard.org
Using food as a unifying concept, students learn how to grow, harvest, and prepare nutritious seasonal produce. Experiences in the kitchen and garden foster a better understanding of how the natural world sustains us, and promotes the environmental and social well being of the school community.

School Gardens
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu
Learn about botany by starting a school garden

KinderGarden
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu
There are many opportunities available for children to become involved with plants, gardens, or the outdoors in general. Some of these opportunities include children's programs at school gardens, botanic gardens or community gardens. This site contains ideas for gardening with kids.

Junior Master Gardener Program
http://jmgkids.us
An international youth gardening program of the Cooperative Extension Service network. JMG Mission: To grow good kids by igniting a passion for learning, success and service through a unique gardening education.

Wisconsin Fast Plants
http://fastplants.org
Join thousands of teachers worldwide who use Fast Plants® to bring science alive in their classrooms! These petite, hardy, fast-growing plants whiz through an entire life cycle in about 40 days, making them ideal for inquiry-based science investigations and for learning about plant biology.

Lesson Plans

Plant Science
http://www.discoveryeducation.com
Without plants, which supply food, shelter, and oxygen, people couldn't survive. Delve into the diverse world of plants to discover how plants function and how they adapt to the place they call home — with featured video clips, lesson plans, discussion guide, and activities.

Plants and their Parts
http://www.sciencenetlinks.com
lessons.cfm?BenchmarkID=5&DocID=343
A lesson plan with activities to encourage students to observe and document similarities and differences between parts of plants.

Look at Those Leaves
http://www.sciencenetlinks.com
lessons.cfm?Grade=k-2&BenchmarkID=5&DocID=215
Lesson plan to observe, measure, and sort tree leaves. To examine leaves individually, in groups, and in relationship to the entire tree.

What Plants Need to Grow
http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/
lessons.cfm?DocID=377
Lesson plan and activities on what plants need to grow.

Active Plants
http://www.caosclub.org
This lesson plan is about how plants respond to changes in their environment.

Chill Out!
http://www.kidsgardening.com/
2005.kids.garden.news/sept/pg3.html
Participate in a science experiment to learn the cold requirements of spring-flowering bulbs.

Garden in a Glove
http://www.mda.state.mn.us/maitc/bookbundle/
glove_garden.pdf
Lesson plan to help students understand seed germination.

Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants, Healthy People
http://king.wsu.edu/nutrition/documents/
3.HealthySoilUnit2Grades1-3.pdf
Lesson plan will show students the relationship between soil and people.

A Soil Sandwich
Students will name, examine, and define four layers of soil by comparing it to the layers of a sandwich. Students will then compare soil textures and will go on an outside dig to determine soil types. Finally, the students will work on a wall mural and write about what they have learned.

Soil Baby
http://www.mda.state.mn.us/maitc/
bookbundle/soil_baby.pdf
Make a soil baby to help students understand the basic needs of plants.

Cycles of Matter and Composting
Students are sure to enjoy this hands-on approach to learning. They will first be introduced to the cycles of matter and how energy plays a part in this process. The teacher will use a scan converter to display a website that describes how matter cycles in an ecosystem. The teacher will then make the connection that this knowledge can be used to help people understand that some solid waste can be composted to continue this process as well as reducing the amount of garbage that is land filled/ incinerated. Students can view a website that describes composting and will make a compost column to view composting at work. This activity will be ongoing and can last months if desired or can last as little as a week.

Tell Me about Composting: Nature’s Recyclers
Students will go on an outdoor exploration and conduct an experiment using a Berlese funnel. Before beginning this hands-on activity, the students will review the basics of composting and will be introduced to two types of composting, how composting works, and some of the benefits of this type of recycling. Students will view a PowerPoint slideshow that describes the process of composting then will be introduced to some of nature's recyclers by viewing a variety of overhead transparencies.

Compost in a Milk Carton
In this environmental education lesson, students will create a miniature compost pile using a milk carton and observe what happens to the contents over time. They will then make one classroom bin and compare biodegradable items (used in the individual bins) and non-biodegradable items (used in the classroom bin). The class will also discuss whether or not creating a backyard compost pile could help decrease overall solid waste.

Composting in Our School
Students will review the benefits of composting and the types of materials that should go in a compost bin. The students will view an online slideshow that reviews this information and describes how to set up a school compost bin. Students will then set up a class composting bin and will use the nutrient rich soil to enrich the school flower beds and around trees on campus to aid in their growth. Note: This lesson requires an ongoing activity that will continue throughout the entire school year.

A Worm’s World
In this environmental education lesson, students are introduced to the concepts of producers, consumers, and decomposers as part of the food chain or web through a demonstration of an earthworm habitat. The students create a glass jar worm habitat (one per class) and observe the worms’ work of mixing the soil, sand, and leaves over time. They keep a journal or observation log of the changes in the jar and discuss the importance of decomposers in the environment.

Wondering about Worms
Through utilization of Internet resources, pictorial representation by use of a story board, and writing the student will depict and explain the essential role the tiny earthworm has in helping to keep the soil healthy for plants and trees. Additionally, students will gain an appreciation and understanding of how even the smallest organism has a vital role in the preservation and maintenance of a healthy environment.

Plant Projects
http://tinyurl.com/y5yy8g
Hands-on Home Grown projects and activities for kids about plants, nature and insects.

Plant Activities for School Grounds
http://www.rhs.org.uk/learning/education/
advisory_leaflets.asp
Activities for making your schoolyard an outdoor learning center.

Gardening with Children
http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/
gardening_with_children/
Educational activities for gardening with kids.

A Scrapbook for All Seasons
http://tinyurl.com/yy9yxk
Create a record of your garden to help kids appreciate the changing seasons and see the value of simple and regular observation.

Treasure Hunt
http://tinyurl.com/wrkb6
A plant activity that will help students with their language development, math and social skills.

Be a Seed Collector
http://tinyurl.com/y6feuu
Activity will enforce the kid’s understanding of a plant’s life cycle.

Plants are Living Things
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/revisewise/
science/living/06_act.shtml
Interactive online activity on plants.

Journey to the Center of a Seed
http://www.kidsgardening.com/
2006.kids.garden.news/jan/pg2.html
Students observe, sort, and classify a variety of seeds according to different properties, and then take a journey inside a bean seed to predict and observe changes that occur during seed germination.

Tulips: Journey North
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/tulip/index.html
Track the sweep of spring in the Northern Hemisphere by keeping an eye on your Red Emperor tulips as they burst forth and bloom! This exciting seasonal event begins underground each fall.

Activities from the Do It Yourself Network
http://tinyurl.com/ybsath

Growing Orchids in School
http://www.teachers.tv/video/118
Pupils from Year 7 to 13 at a school in England are involved in an orchid growing project and many are given their own roles and responsibilities, from growing to pollinating orchids. The pupils make contacts with established professionals, whom they wouldn't normally meet, making the project very empowering. Some of the 12-year-olds are carrying out the kind of research usually carried out at PhD level.

My First Garden
http://urbanext.illinois.edu
A guide to the fun and clever world of gardening

Hort Corner
http://urbanext.illinois.edu
University of Illinois Extension Guide to Horticulture

Plant Parts and their Function
http://ag.arizona.edu/pubs/garden/mg/
botany/plantparts.html
Detailed explanation of plant parts and their function from Arizona State.

Fruits:The Product of Fertilization
Learn all about fruits.

Careers in Botany
http://www.botany.org/bsa/careers/
A guide to working with plants.

Biology of Plants
http://mbgnet.mobot.org/bioplants/main.html
Learn about the functions of plant parts, pollination and how plants make food.

Questions and Answers about Soils
http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/feature/education/
squirm/skworm.html

Answers to your questions about soils from the United States Department of Agriculture.

The Adventures of Herman the Worm
http://urbanext.illinois.edu
The autobiography of Squirmin' Herman the Worm.

USDA Plant Database
http://plants.usda.gov/
A database with 30,000 plant images and a list of plants in your state.

Plants in Motion
http://plantsinmotion.bio.indiana.edu
Watch videos of plants moving to light, seeds germinating and flowers opening and closing.

Seed Saver’s Exchange
http://www.seedsavers.org
Seed Savers Exchange is a nonprofit organization that saves and shares the heirloom seeds of our garden heritage, forming a living legacy that can be passed down through generations.

Seed Germination Database
http://tomclothier.hort.net
Excellent listing of germination requirements for hundreds of plants.

The Gardening Launch Pad
http://gardeninglaunchpad.com
Make The Gardening Launch Pad your starting point for all your electronic gardening needs.

Low-Cost Grow-Light Frame Plans
http://www.gardening.cornell.edu
If you'd like to start your own seeds inside, or you work with youth or children and are looking for fun and meaningful projects, these grow-light plans might be just what you need.

Youth Gardening Grants
http://grants.kidsgardening.org
National Gardening Association awards youth garden grants to schools and community organizations with child-centered, outdoor garden programs.

2014 Mantis Tiller Award Program
http://grants.kidsgardening.org
Apply today to win one of 20 Mantis tiller/cultivators (each complete with border edger attachment) for your garden program!

America the Beautiful Fund
The American the Beautiful Fund offers grants of free seeds for community planting projects. Grants of 100 to 2000 seed packets are being offered on the basis of availability and relative need. These are 2002-2003 seeds with germination rates of 90 percent to 95 percent. For an application contact:
America the Beautiful Fund
725 15th Street,NW
Suite 605
Washington D.C. 20005

 

   
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