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Edible School Garden Program

Edible School Garden

The Edible School Garden Program promotes nutrition, healthy food access and the revitalization of traditional foodways by providing school-based, culturally informed nutrition and gardening education for students in 3rd-5th grades. The curriculum was developed by Johns Hopkins in partnership with three American Indian communities in the Southwest, and is available for other communities to use within their school gardening programs.

Edible School Garden Curriculum

The curriculum and tools listed below are intended to be used by other communities aiming to replicate the Edible School Garden Program. For additional information or technical assistance, please contact feastforthefuture@jhu.edu

Edible School Garden Implementation Guide

The Implementation Guide is a “how-to” guide for starting, implementing, and sustaining the Edible School Garden Program in your school.

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Edible School Garden Reference Manual

The Reference Manual includes additional resource information related to the lesson content for those teaching the Edible School Garden lessons. Seven recorded webinars provide additional information about Nutrition.

Download Edible School Garden Reference Manual

Curriculum

 

The Curriculum Overview Charts help teachers plan ahead by providing an at-a-glance summary of the curriculum. There are 6 Curriculum Overview Charts, one for each grade and semester.

Curriculum Lesson Plans

 

Fall Grade 3

Lesson 1-Introduction to the Edible School Garden Programs

Lesson Plan
Teacher Resource-Full Value Commitment
Teacher Resource-Safety Briefing
Teacher Resource-Edible School Garden
Scavenger Hunt Item List (optional)

Lesson 2-What is a Plant?

Lesson Plan
Teacher Resource-Plant Parts Song Lyrics
Teacher Resource-Plant Parts Song MP3

Lesson 3-Insects and the Garden

Lesson Plan

Lesson 4-Seed Exploration

Lesson Plan

Lesson 5-Plant Parts-Roots

Lesson Plan
Teacher Resource-Plant Parts Song MP3

Lesson 6-Preserving the Harvest

Lesson Plan
Teacher Resource-Corn Husk Dolls
Teacher Resource-Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Teacher Resource-Dried Fruit
Teacher Resource-Pumpkin Seed Harvest and Roast

Lesson 7-Introducing the 5 Fabulous Food Groups

Lesson Plan
Teacher Resource-MyPlate
Teacher Resource-My Native Plate
Food Card Pictures

Lesson 8-Building Balanced Meals

Lesson Plan
Teacher Resource-Native Food Cards

Lesson 9-Estimating Serving Sizes

Lesson Plan
Teacher Resource-MyPlate
Teacher Resource-My Native Plate

Lesson 10-Companion Planting and Traditional Cooking

Lesson Plan

Fall Grade 4

Lesson 1-Introduction to the Edible School Garden Programs

Lesson Plan
Teacher Resource-Full Value Commitment
Teacher Resource-Safety Briefing
Teacher Resource-Edible School Garden
Scavenger Hunt Item List (optional)

Lesson 2-Exploring Plant Parts

Lesson Plan
Teacher Resource-Plant Parts Song Lyrics
Teacher Resource-Plant Parts Song MP3

Lesson 3-Beneficial Insects in the Garden

Lesson Plan
Teacher Resource-Beneficial Insects vs. Harmful Insects
Teacher Resource-What are Beneficial Insects: Powerpoint Presentation

Lesson 4-Traveling Seeds

Lesson Plan
Teacher Resource-Seed Station Cards

Lesson 5-Plant Parts-Stems

Lesson Plan

Lesson 6-Winterizing the Garden

Lesson Plan
Teacher Resource-Winterize the Garden

Lesson 7-Balance My Plate

Lesson Plan
Teacher Resource-MyPlate
Teacher Resource-My Native Plate

Lesson 8-Food Labels Are Your Friend

Lesson Plan
Teacher Resource-Carrots vs. Cheetos Nutrition Facts

Lesson 9-Measuring a Serving with Your Hands

Lesson Plan

Lesson 10-Companion Planting and Traditional Cooking

Lesson Plan

Fall Grade 5

Lesson 1 - Introduction to the Edible School Garden Program

Lesson Plan
Teacher Resource-Full Value Commitment
Teacher Resource-Safety Briefing
Teacher Resource-Edible School Garden
Garden Scavenger Hunt Item List (optional)

Lesson 2-The Plant Life Cycle

Lesson Plan
Teacher Resource-Plant Parts Song Lyrics
Teacher Resource-Plant Parts Song MP3

Lesson 3-Worm Investigations

Lesson Plan
Teacher Resource-Worm Station Cards

Lesson 4-Seed Saving

Lesson Plan
Teacher Resource-Cross-Pollination
Teacher Resource-Lesson Preparation: Seed Saving Instructions

Lesson 5-Plant Parts-Leaves and Photosynthesis

Lesson Plan
Teacher Resource-Photosynthesis PowerPoint

Lesson 6-Drying Foods the Traditional Way

Lesson Plan

Lesson 7-The Super 6 Nutrients

Lesson Plan
Teacher Resource-Nutrient Cards
Teacher Resource-Pictures of Native Foods

Lesson 8-Comparing Food Labels: Battle of the Labels

Lesson Plan
Teacher Resource-Food Labels for "Battle of the Labels"

Lesson 9-What?! That's a Serving!?

Lesson Plan

Lesson 10-Companion Planning and Traditional Cooking

Lesson Plan

Spring Grade 3

Lesson 1-Eating a Rainbow

Lesson Plan

Lesson 2-Be Sugar Smart!

Lesson Plan
Teacher Resource-Sugar Drink Label Answer Sheet

Lesson 3-The Fantastic Food Chain

Lesson Plan

Lesson 4-Water and Precipitation

Lesson Plan

Lesson 5-All About Soil

Lesson Plan

Lesson 6-Discovering Seeds

Lesson Plan

Lesson 7-Calcium Makes My Bones and Teeth Strong

Lesson Plan
Teacher Resource-Food Cards

Lesson 8-The Rotton Pile

Lesson Plan
Teacher Resource-Pictures of Compost

Lesson 9-Plant Parts: Identifying Parts of a Flower

Lesson Plan
Teacher Resource-Flowers to Fruit

Lesson 10-Our Favorite Fruits and Vegetables

Lesson Plan

Spring Grade 4

Lesson 1-Eating A Rainbow

Lesson Plan
Teacher Resource-Fruits and Veggies by Color

Lesson 2-Processed or Unprocessed Food?

Lesson Plan
Teacher Resource-Unprocessed and Processed Food Cards

Lesson 3-Balance in the Natural World: Our Ecosystem

Lesson Plan

Lesson 4-The Water Cycle

Lesson Plan

Lesson 5-Soil Discovery

Lesson Plan
Teacher Resource-Soil Images

Lesson 6-Seeds and Whole Grains

Lesson Plan
Teacher Resource-Wild Rice Salad Recipes

Lesson 7-Vitamins and You!

Lesson Plan
Teacher Resource-Vitamin Information Sheets

Lesson 8-Making Compost

Lesson Plan
Teacher Resource-Picture of Compost
Teacher Resource-Do the Rot Thing

Lesson 9-Plant Parts: Pollination

Lesson Plan
Teacher Resource-Choosing and Using Edible Flowers

Lesson 10-Our Favorite Fruits and Vegetables

Lesson Plan

Spring Grade 5

Lesson 1-Eating a Rainbow

Lesson Plan

Lesson 2-Food Label Logic: Making Healthy Choices By Reading the Label

Lesson Plan
Teacher Resource-Food Label Logic PowerPoint

Lesson 3-Food Pyramids and Pesticides

Lesson Plan

Lesson 4-Conserving Water: A Renewable Resource

Lesson Plan

Lesson 5-Soil and Erosion

Lesson Plan
Teacher Resource-Erosion Examples

Lesson 6-Whole Grains Taste Great!

Lesson Plan

Lesson 7-Digestion

Lesson Plan

Lesson 8-Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Lesson Plan
Teacher Resource-Trash Pictures

Lesson 9-Plant Parts: Flowers and Pollination

Lesson Plan

Lesson 10-Our Favorite Fruits and Vegetables

Lesson Plans

Floater Lessons (All grades)

Starter Plants

Lesson Plans

Garden-to-Market Sales Activity

Lesson Plan
Teacher Resource-Garden-to-Market Sales

Lasagna Beds

Lesson Plan

What is a Weed?

Lesson Plan

Terrible Weeds

Lesson Plan
Teacher Resource-Wanted Weeds Handout

Jeopardy Review

Lesson Plan

Teacher Resources-Jeopardy Game PowerPoint Presentations

Fall-Grade 3-Jeopardy PowerPoint
Fall-Grade 4-Jeopardy PowerPoint
Fall-Grade 5-Jeoparyd PowerPoint
Spring-Grade 3-Jeopardy PowerPoint
Spring-Grade 4-Jeopardy PowerPoint
Spring-Grade 5-Jeopardy PowerPoint

The Lesson Plans are the instructor’s guide to teaching each lesson. There are 20 classroom- and/or garden-based lessons for each grade (10 lessons per semester). There are also 6 “floater” lessons that can be used for all grades.

Student Workbooks include interactive pages that correspond to each lesson. There are six Student Workbooks, one for each grade and semester. There are also six Answer Keys that can be used by the instructor.

Additional Resources

Watch these recorded webinars to learn more about nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle.

 

The evaluation tools can be used to help track and improve the Edible School Garden Program at your school.