Garden-Based Learning

The Garden-Based Learning Curriculum was developed by Berkeley Unified School District, with a focus on connecting the school gardens to classroom lessons. The curriculum builds upon many years of educating students in the garden and scales up content and lessons for instructional scaffolding across grades. It is designed to be an interactive teaching tool, co-taught with classroom teachers and garden instructors as leads. Each lesson connects directly to standards: Next Generation Science, Common Core State, Physical Education, and Environmental and Health Education.  

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Berkeley Unified School District: Garden-Based Learning Curriculum
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This curriculum builds upon many years of educating students in the garden and scales up content across grades and lessons for instructional scaffolding. It is designed as an interactive teaching tool to be co-taught with classroom teachers and garden instructors as leads. Each lesson connects directly to standards: Next Generation Science, Common Core State, Physical Education, and Environmental and Health Education. The concise and easy to-follow lessons are a packed 45 minutes for preschool through fifth grade. Flexibility is important, so some lessons include several activities that teachers can choose from to accommodate their lesson plans. Consistency is also important, so lessons follow themes and structures found in the Curriculum Map. 360 pages.

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Agriculture
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Berkeley Unified School District
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09/01/2015
Berkeley Unified School District Garden-Based Learning Curriculum Kindergarten - Third Grade
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The Berkeley Unified School District has pioneered garden education since the first school garden was planted at LeConte Elementary in 1983. This single garden inspired many others, and over the next twelve years it evolved into a multi-school Gardening and Cooking Program with annual support from a federal grant of $1.9 million from the California Nutrition Network. We lost this funding in 2013, along with many other nutrition and garden education programs, at which point we refocused from a nutrition-based program to one that supports teachers and students in the academic classroom.
This change encouraged us to develop a pilot curriculum in 2013–1014, with support from teachers, garden educators, and consultants from the Edible Schoolyard, Berkeley. Our team of experts gleaned from existing lessons and research to synthesize drafts to best fit our own school gardens. We rewrote the pilot lessons with input from our school communities and with incredible support from P. Rachel Levin, an English Language Coach, to develop academic and health targets accessible to all of our students.
The curriculum builds upon many years of educating our students in the garden and scales up content across grades and lessons for instructional scaffolding. It is designed as an interactive teaching tool to be co-taught with classroom teachers and garden instructors as leads. Each lesson connects directly to standards: Next Generation Science, Common Core State, Physical Education, and Environmental and Health Education. Our concise and easy-to-follow lessons are a packed 45 minutes for preschool through fifth grade. Flexibility is important to us, so some lessons include several activities that teachers can choose from to accommodate their lesson plans. Consistency is also important, so we follow themes and lesson structure found in the Curriculum Map.

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Jezra Thompson
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01/28/2016
California School Garden Network Curriculum
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The curriculum section provides over one hundred garden-based lessons to create, expand, and sustain garden-based learning experiences. It offers practical ideas and resources for every level of garden-based learning from sprouting seeds to understanding the food system.

This curriculum section was compiled by the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources Garden-Based Learning Workgroup. The content for this section was borrowed, with permission, from various resources. It was our goal to use existing resources as not to “recreate the wheel” and to give a broad example of the garden-based learning resources that are currently in print.

The section is divided into 12 theme areas with applications for primary and upper grade level students.

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California School Garden Network
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02/16/2011
From My Garden to My Plate; That’s How I like to Eat
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Designing the school garden will require Math, ELA, and Science skills with Scientific Method being used as a foundation. Students will create a school garden as a result of the work they preloaded into the activity. Finally, students will decide if the school garden has an improvements needed for future growth or more growth.

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Agriculture
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North Carolina State University
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Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development
Author:
Natosha Brinkley
Date Added:
03/03/2016
Garden Humanities: Respect in the Garden
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In this 6th grade science lesson, ESY staff bring visual aids and props to the classroom to teach guidelines for applying the school’s 4BEs (Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be an Ally) in the garden. It is important that each student receive this lesson before they come to the garden for their first hands-on class.

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Arts and Humanities
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Kyle Cornforth
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01/28/2016
Garden Science: Asexual Propagation
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In this 7th grade science lesson, students identify desirable traits in plants and take cuttings from parent plants to facilitate asexual propagation and produce offspring with identical DNA.

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Kyle Cornforth
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01/28/2016
Garden Science: Biology of a Flower
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In this 7th grade science lesson, students review the structures and processes that allow flowering plants to reproduce, and then pick a flower from the garden to dissect and diagram.

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Kyle Cornforth
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01/28/2016
Garden Science: CHNOPS
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In this 8th grade science lesson, students review the six essential elements of life and discuss how they function in the garden.

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Kyle Cornforth
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01/28/2016
Garden Science: Compost Lab
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In this 6th grade Science class, students learn how to build a compost pile, learn about organisms needed for decomposition, and begin to understand the purpose of compost in the garden.

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Kyle Cornforth
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01/28/2016
Garden Science: Drop in the Bucket
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In this 6th grade science class, students consider how they use water in their daily lives and learn that water is a nonrenewable resource in a closed system.

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Kyle Cornforth
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01/28/2016
Garden Science: Food System
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In this 7th grade science lesson, students are introduced to the food system and play an interactive game called The Wind Blows.

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Kyle Cornforth
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01/28/2016
Garden Science: Garden Orientation - The Card Hike
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In this 6th grade science lesson, students are introduced to the garden as a classroom. They meet the garden staff, tour the garden, learn the basic systems and routines of the garden classroom and are introduced to the Edible Schoolyard life skills and values.

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Kyle Cornforth
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01/28/2016
Garden Science: Microscope Lab
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In this 7th grade science lesson, students deepen their understanding of pollen and pollinators by practicing the use of microscopes to observe pollen and bee species from the garden.

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Kyle Cornforth
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01/28/2016
Garden Science: Mushrooms
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In this 6th grade science class, students observe mushrooms growing wild in the garden, handle examples of common edible mushrooms and learn about the lifecycle of fungi.

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Kyle Cornforth
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01/28/2016
Garden Science: Soil and Erosion
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In this sixth grade science lesson, students will learn the main components of soil and discuss how soil is created in nature as well as how we can conserve it in the garden.

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Kyle Cornforth
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01/28/2016
Garden Science: Soil pH Lab
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In this 8th grade science lesson, students test the pH levels of soil from three different sites in the garden to determine the level of acidity in the garden soil.

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Kyle Cornforth
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01/28/2016
Garden Science: Wood-Fired Beets
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In this 7th grade science lesson, students harvest, prepare and eat beets cooked in the wood-fired oven while reflecting on their second rotation in the garden.

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Kyle Cornforth
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01/28/2016
Kitchen Humanities: Chow Mein
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In this 8th grade humanities lesson, students stir-fry vegetables to prepare Vegetable Chow Mein. Using the same produce as the roasted vegetable lesson students further explore how cooking methods and seasonings flavor ingredients.

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Arts and Humanities
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Kyle Cornforth
Date Added:
01/28/2016
Kitchen Humanities: Fall Roasted Vegetables with Sauces
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In this 8th grade humanities lesson, students roast fall vegetables and explore how roasting enhances flavor through caramelization. Students eat the roasted vegetables with a Middle Eastern Chermoula sauce and lavash.

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Arts and Humanities
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Kyle Cornforth
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01/28/2016
Kitchen Humanities: Quick Tomato Dinner
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In this 8th grade humanities lesson, students prepare Quick Tomato Dinner while refining their tasting skills. Students use sensory vocabulary to make observations about the ingredients in the recipe before, during, and after cooking.

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Arts and Humanities
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Kyle Cornforth
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01/28/2016
Kitchen Humanities: Red Bean Stew
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In this 7th grade humanities lesson, students prepare Red Bean Stew. This lesson is the first 7th grade lesson of the year and provides students the opportunity to practice skills from 6th grade and prepare for their 7th grade kitchen experience.

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Arts and Humanities
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Kyle Cornforth
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01/28/2016
Kitchen Humanities: Silk Road III - Fresh Pasta with Fresh Herbs
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In this 6th grade humanities lesson, students prepare fresh pasta with Gremolata as they study the exchange of ideas, goods, and foods between Rome and other regions along the Silk Road. This is the third of four Silk Road lessons.

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Arts and Humanities
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Kyle Cornforth
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01/28/2016
Kitchen Humanities: Silk Road II - Indian Vegetable Curry
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In this 6th grade humanities lesson, students prepare Vegetable Curry as they study the ideas, goods, and foods that India shared with other regions along the Silk Road. This is the second of four Silk Road lessons.

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Arts and Humanities
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Kyle Cornforth
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01/28/2016
Kitchen Humanities: Silk Road I - Steamed Dumplings
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In this 6th grade humanities lesson, students prepare Steamed Dumplings as they study the exchange of ideas, goods, and foods between China and other regions during the Han dynasty. This is the first of four Silk Road lessons.

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Arts and Humanities
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Author:
Kyle Cornforth
Date Added:
01/28/2016
Kitchen Humanities: Tortilla Platter
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In this 7th grade humanities lesson, students prepare tortillas, pico de gallo, and tomatillo salsa after learning about the different agricultural techniques developed by the Mayan, Aztec and Inca civilizations.

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Arts and Humanities
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Author:
Kyle Cornforth
Date Added:
01/28/2016