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Lesson NameMain FocusGarden Maintenance Whatcom County Planting GuideRainy Day ActivitiesK/1 Activities2/3 Activities4/5 ActivitiesThe Life Lab Standards DatabaseMaterials
Extensions for Teachers and/or Afterschool Programs
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Fall Week 1
Week 1: Introduction to the Garden
Garden ExpectationsPlant or transplant as appropriate (radishes, lettuces, and arugula) (grades 2-5)N/ASurveysSurveysSurveysTo find standards for this lesson, click on the above link and log in as a Guest user. Next, choose the "Life Lab Standards Database"and click the "Search for a Lesson" tab. To find the standards for these lessons, search the following key words in the green box on the left, beneath where you see "Lesson Title". This box does not appear to be a text box, but it is! Finally, click the yellow "Find Lessons" box.
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Surveys
Pull up old & dying plants (grades 2-5)
Name that Plant Garden TourName that Plant Garden TourName that Plant Garden TourSharp Eyes (Page 55)
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Introduction to Garden SpaceAdd compost and soilTaste Test of PlantsTaste Test of PlantsSharp Eyes (Page 55)Magic Spots (Page 233)
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Planting the GardenWeedSharp Eyes (Page 55)Sharp Eyes (Page 55)Establish Magic Spots (Page 233)
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Six Plant PartsEstablish Magic Spots (Page 233)Establish Magic Spots (Page 233)
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Garden Scavenger Hunt
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Fall Week 2Week 2: Cycles & Preparing for WinterCycles - Seasons, LifeRemove old plantsDiscuss Cycles: what do people/plants do in each season?The Power of the Circle (p. 181)
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Plant Cover CropHow can we help 'tuck in' the garden for the winter?Briefly show an example of a cycle; cover, and have groups of 4 - 5 try to get their own example of the cycle. Bring back to the group and discuss.
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Fall Week 3Week 2: Exploring Plant PartsPlant PartsRemove old plantsN/ARoot, Stem, Leaf, Flower, Fruit and Seed Song (Growing Classroom p.115)Read A Seed is SleepyRead A Seed is SleepySix of one, half dozen of the other (page 66)
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Seed SavingPlant remaining starts (time is of the essence - try to make sure everything is planted by the end of week 2)Six of one, Half Dozen of the Other with seeds: Have students sort seeds inside the classroomRead Fruit is a Suitcase for SeedsSeed SavingSeed SavingGarden Creatures (page 27, Sowing the Seeds of Wonder)
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**Continuation of magic spots
Plant? Probably too late except for cover crops.
Collecting seeds for the SpringSeedy Character (page 118)
Six of one, half dozen of the other (page 66)
Seedy Character (page 118)
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Save seedsPlant Part Scavenger HuntSeed Dispersal Simon SaysGarden Maintenance
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Garden Creatures (page 27, Sowing the Seeds of Wonder)
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Fall Week 4Week 3: Decomposition, Soil Science & BulbsSoil testingPlant GarlicN/AMud Pies (page 37, sowing the seeds of wonder)
Space Travelers (page 81, the growing classroom)
Space Travelers (page 81, the growing classroom)Mud Pies (page 37, sowing the seeds of wonder)The Matchmaker (3-4th, Page100)
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Soil healthCollect soil sampleAerate/ massage the soilNitrogen Fixation ConversationSpace Travelers (page 81, the growing classroom)"The Nitty Gritty" pg 85
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Components of soilSoil Texture by Feel ActivitiesLet's Make a Compost Cake p.202
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Edible Schoolyard Compost Cake Lab
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Soil Poems
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Garlic lesson / bulb lesson (if time allows)
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Let's Make a Compost Cake p.202
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Fall Week 5?Week 4: Worms & CompostWorm AnatomyMulch the gardenN/ARead "Yucky Worms"Read "Yucky Worms"Human Worm Activity Worm Study (page 65, sowing the seeds of wonder)
The Great and Powerful Worm (279, Growing Classroom)
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Worm Role in the GardenPull up dead plants
Worm Study (page 65, sowing the seeds of wonder)
Human Worm ActivityWorm Trivia
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DecomposersSpread compostObserve Worms in the GardenObserve Worms in the GardenObserve Worms in the Garden
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Harvest for Harvest Dinner
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PreparationEnd of February seed starting: beets, spinach, cilantro, arugula/rocket, turnips, romaine lettuce, celery, chives, onions, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant, sweetpeppers, cherry tomatoes, bee balm, snapdragonSeed starts at Whatcom and Parkview?Start indoors: fennel, leeks, sweet onions, parsley, peas
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February//March
End of february direct seeding: arugula, radishes, garlic, fava beans, snow peasDirect seeding mostly to supplement what was planted in the fall but did not survive into Spring
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Spring Week 1Spring Garden Wake-up!Reviewing Expectations (aligned with individual school values) / Tool RulesSpreading soil amendments Direct seed: arugula, broad beans, collards, potatoes, bok choy, peas, radishes, spinach*Growing Classroom activities: Sharp Eyes (Page 55), Magic Spots (Page 238)Growing Classroom activity: Sharp Eyes (Page 55), Magic Spots (Page 238)To find standards for this lesson, click on the above link and log in as a Guest user. Next, choose the "Life Lab Standards Database"and click the "Search for a Lesson" tab. To find the standards for these lessons, search the following key words in the green box on the left, beneath where you see "Lesson Title". This box does not appear to be a text box, but it is! Finally, click the yellow "Find Lessons" box.
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3/21-4/1Mapping our foodStart indoors: broccoli, cabbage, leeks, cauliflower, celery, fennel, sweet onions, parsley, peppers, tomatoes, asparagus.Garden sensory tourMapping our food
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Introduction to Magic SpotsSowing the Seeds: Human Cameras (Page 25)N/AGrowing Classroom activity: Inch by inch, row by row (Page 165)Sharp Eyes (Page 55)
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Garden Planting!Garden planning (including discussion about companion planting)Plant seeds & startsBrainstorm Spring garden goals Magic Spots (Page 233)
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Planting the GardenPrune raspberries & fruit treesRead Lily's GardenSpring Scavenger HuntGarden Planning StationsInch by inch, row by row (Page 165)
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Weeding & over-winter crop removalGuided garden walk: looking for signs of springRead WeslandiaCompanion Planting
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***Talk with teachers and set up spring garden maintenance schedule Companion PlantingSeed tape
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Crop Rotation
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Seed tape
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Spring Week 2Tending a GardenPlant needsContinuing to plant seeds and startsDirect seed: beets, broccoli, carrots, fennel, kale, collards, arugula, broad beans, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, scallions, bok choy, parsnips, peas, radishes, spinach, chard, turnipsSeed SortingSeed SortingGrowing Classroom Activity: Plant Food Magic (Page 147) Plant Food Magic (Page 147)Setting up water schedules
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4/11-4/22PhotosynthesisWeeding and watering (**establishing watering schedules with teachers)Start indoors: asparagus, celery, eggplant, melons, peppers, tomatoesSing "Oats, Peas, Beans"
Project Wild Everybody needs a home (Page 31)
Growing Classroom Activity: Sugar Factories (Page 138)Sugar Factories (Page 138)
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EcosystemsStaking plantsTransplant: cauliflowerChlorophyll Leaf RubbingsGrowing Classroom Activity about Trophic Levels: I Eat the Sun (Page 216)I Eat the Sun (Page 216)
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Labeling plants
Sowing the Seeds: Setting out Seedlings (Page 55)
Chlorophyll Leaf Rubbings
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Spring Week 3Garden friends and foes
Explore how insects affect life on earth
Direct seed: alyssum, arugula, beets, broccoli, carrots, fennel, kale, collards, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, scallions, bok choi, parsley, parsnips, peas, quinoa, radishes, spinach, chard, turnips.Read Diary of a SpiderRead A Butterfly is Patient, Growing Classroom Activity: Earth, Planet of the Insects (257)Growing Classroom Activity: Under the Big Top (Page 251)Earth, Planet of the Insects (Page 257)
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4/25-5/6PollinatorsIntegrative Pest Management - planting marigolds or alyssumStart indoors: asparagus, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, squash.Project Wild Make Scents of Insects (page 241)Project Wild Make Scents of Insects (page 241)
Project Wild Make Scents of Insects (page 241)
Under the Big Top (Page 251)
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Plant edible flower mix from uprisingTransplant: sweet onions, tomatoes (need cover).Make spider housesGrowing Classroom Activity: Flower Power, Part Two (235)Deputies & Desperadoes Matching Game
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Transplant sunflowersSowing the seeds of wonder activity: Garden Creatures (27)Sowing the seeds of wonder activity: Garden Creatures (27)
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Explore pollination as a process and the importance and variety of pollinatorsFlower plantingThe Pollination GameThe Pollination GameThe Pollination Game
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Talk about flower parts and their function
Read "What If There Were No Bees" or "The Reason for a Flower" or "The Magic School Bus: Inside a Beehive" NOT IN OFFICE-- CHECK SCHOOL LIBRARIESRead "What If There Were No Bees" or "The Reason for a Flower" or "The Magic School Bus: Inside a Beehive"Read "What If There Were No Bees" or "The Reason for a Flower" or "The Magic School Bus: Inside a Beehive"
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Counting pollinators in the garden: how many different kinds of pollinators can you find? (tip: there are many different species of bees)Growing Classroom Activity: Flower Power, Part Two (235)Flower Power Parts Two (235)
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Planting flowersProject Seasons: Flower Power (227 - 230)
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Pollinator wings and hatsProject Seasons: Pollination Parade (233-236)
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Spring Week 4Food SystemsFood chain gameWateringDirect seed: alyssum, amaranth, arugula, beets, broccoli, carrots, fennel, kale, collards, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, scallions, bok choi, parsley, parsnips, peas, quinoa, radishes, spinach, chard, turnips, squash.Before we eatGrowing Classroom Activity: Lunch Bag Ecology, Part One (222)Growing Classroom Activity: Lunch Bag Ecology, Part One (222)Growing Classroom Activity: Lunch Bag Ecology, Part One (222)
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5/9-5/21Making thank you cardsStart indoors: brussel sprouts, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers.Sowing the seeds of wonder: Rainbow chips (23)Whole food versus processed foods NEED TO LINK LESSON- SEE OSHAGrowing Classroom Activity: Lunch Bag Ecology, Part Two (223-224)Growing Classroom Activity: Lunch Bag Ecology, Part Two (223-224)
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Read Before We EatTransplant: melons, tomatoes (need cover).
Make thank you cards for cafeteria staff, custodial staff, Joe's garden & Uprising Seeds.
Food systems relay raceFood systems relay raceSowing the seeds of wonder: Rainbow chips (23)
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Processed vs. Whole foods
Make thank you cards for cafeteria staff, custodial staff, Joe's garden & Uprising Seeds.
Nutrition Label Reading
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The Wind Blows Game: Edible Schoolyard
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Week 5Garden CelebrationSurveys!!Direct seed: amaranth, arugula, bush & pole beans, beets, broccoli, carrots, celery, corn, cucumbers, fennel, kale, collards, leeks, lettuce, scallions, parsnips, spinach, squash, chard, turnips.The Growing Classroom: The Fine Art of Flower PoundingGrowing Classroom Activity: Six of One, Half Dozen of the Other (Page 66)Growing Classroom Activity: Six of One, Half Dozen of the Other (Page 66)Six of One, Half Dozen of the Other (Page 66)
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5/23-6/3Start indoors: brussel sprouts, cauliflowersGrowing Classroom Activity: Rainbow ChipsGrowing Classroom Activity: Rainbow ChipsGrowing Classroom Activity: Rainbow Chips
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Transplant: asparagus, eggplant (needs cover), melons, peppers (need cover), tomatoes.
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