a result of activities in grades K-4, all students should develop
The characteristics of organisms
2. Life cycles of organisms
3. Organisms and environments
a result of their activities in grades 5-8, all students should
develop understanding of
Structure and function in living systems
2. Reproduction and heredity
3. Regulation and behavior
4. Populations and ecosystems
5. Diversity and adaptations of organisms
a result of their activities in grades 9-12, all students should
develop understanding of
2. Molecular basis of heredity
3. Biological evolution
4. Interdependence of organisms
5. Matter, energy, and organization in living systems
6. Behavior of organisms
Understand measurable attributes of objects and the
units, systems, and processes of measurement
Apply appropriate techniques, tools, and formulas to
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is the perfect time to plan a schoolyard garden or habitat? As
e.e. cummings wrote, "in
Just—spring when the world is mud-luscious." Imagine
watching butterflies flitting from flower to flower or listening
to the melodic coo of a morning dove as ornamental grasses sway
in the gentle breeze. Each day your students keep a journal of
the natural world. The classroom is buzzing with shared experiences.
Your schoolyard habitat becomes the focal point.
Constructing a garden is a wonderful project that can involve the
entire school and community. Beautifying the school grounds fosters
pride, teaches students about the environment, and creates a lasting
legacy. Many schools already participate in garden or habitat projects
sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation and the National Gardening
Association. State and local wildlife organizations also provide
programs for schools along with resources. Where do you begin? How
does a garden project fit into your daily classroom instruction?
Who will provide funding? CyberBee has been scouting the Web for
ideas that can sow the seeds for growing, inquiring minds.
Wildlife Habitat—National Wildlife
At first you may think a garden project will be an overwhelming
task. However, it is not difficult with careful planning and
the National Wildlife Federation. Simply follow their step-by-step
process. Create your habitat team, inventory, survey, and map
the site, set goals, provide four basic elements, acquire resources
through community outreach, fundraise, and incorporate the habitat
in cross-curricular learning. When your project is complete,
to be a certified Schoolyard Habitat.
Gardening—National Gardening Association
As the chill of winter fades, kindle an interest in gardening concepts
with your students by starting seeds indoors. The National Gardening
Association supports the Garden in Every School Registry. This
program was launched in 1999 to document and highlight schoolyard
habitats that enrich learning. Their Web site has an array of
tips, activities, and resources specifically targeted to teachers
students. In addition, there is a kid's gardening store where
grow labs, tools, books, and other paraphernalia can purchased.
Kid's Valley Garden
This kid-friendly site was developed for the Pakenham Junior Horticultural
Society, Canada. Students will find guides for planning and planting
a garden along with tips for keeping plants healthy and showing
them in competitions. How to grow a variety of flowers, herbs,
vegetables, and shrubs rounds out the information.
Garden Poetry, Quotes, and Songs
Music and language arts can be integrated into your lesson by using
poetry and songs. Have students write their own poetry and illustrate
CanTeach is a non-commercial site created to assist teachers in
finding and using resources online. Songs and poems for the elementary
grades are categorized and easy to locate. An entire page is
to seeds, plants, flowers, and gardens.
KidzSing: The Garden Song by David Mallett
Tap your feet and sing to the karaoke music.
Inch by inch, row by row
Gonna make this garden grow
All it takes is a rake and a hoe
And a piece of fertile ground.
Kidz Korner Presents Spring Observations
Here is a quick lesson that can be combined with science. Have your
students draw a circle in the schoolyard. Then, have them keep
a diary of what they see happening from day to day. Compare the
observations. Visit the Web site for more details.
The University of Illinois Extension service presents
this well-designed project that connects gardening to science, social
studies and mathematics. Through various activities students will
learn to collect and organize data, measure using non-standard units,
and plan and problem solve using estimation.
Awards 400 Youth Garden Grants to schools and other community organizations.
Each grant consists of an assortment of quality tools, seeds, and garden products
donated by companies in the lawn and garden industry.
Wild Ones: The Lorrie
Otto Seeds for Education Fund
The Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Fund awards small monetary grants to schools,
nature centers, or other educational organizations whose projects reflect creating
natural landscapes using native plants.