Gardening with First Graders
First graders are so excited to start gardening in the Fall. They learned enough in Kindergarten to be "experts", and want to share their wealth of knowledge with the group. Here is what a year of gardening looks like with 1st graders. Wait for a rainy and have the students make journals Create a journal for the kids to place the dra
Week 1: Go over rules of the garden. Show them their new garden bed. Collect seeds from plants.
Week 2: Clean out garden bed and amend with compost.
Week 3: Plant cool season crops such as lettuce, spinach, radish, sugar snap peas, broccoli and carrots.
Week 4. Seed Worksheet: Collect some hitchhiker seeds, and prepare edible seeds for the students to taste like sunflower, roasted pumpkin seeds and pomegranate.
Week 5:Observe and Measure a Leaf - This is the best time of year for this lesson, because leaves are everywhere. I like oak or maple tree leaves. The thicker the leaf, the better the leaf rubbing. I usually collect good quality leaves and place them around a tree so there is a good selection to choose from.
Thermometer Lesson - Outside or Inside, this is a great lesson to help the students to learn about temperature.
Valentine for the Birds - Great way to celebrate Valentines Day and teach kids to care about nature. We toast some bread, cut it into the shape of a heart, add some pumpkin or peanut butter, dip it in seeds and hang it with raffia. Check out the great poem to go with it.
First grade students learn about maps, so it is a great time to draw a Map of their Garden.