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School Garden State Standards & Curriculum

Overview

This section contains a variety of resources that provide lesson plans linking curriculum to gardening activities and that correlate gardening activities to specific California educational standards.

Sub-categories within this section:

Curriculum

 California Department of Education (CDE)
In collaboration with organizations and individuals throughout California, the CDE oversees the Garden in Every School Program, which promotes linkages among the school classroom, school cafeteria, local agriculture, waste management, and others. The CDE also administers $15,000,000 in state grants for school gardens pursuant to AB 1535. Its publication A Child's Garden of Standards: Linking School Gardens to California Education Standards links garden based education activities selected from several published educational materials to specific academic content standards for grades two through six in science, history/social sciences, mathematics, and English language arts.
http://www.cde.ca.gov
http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/he/garden.asp

California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (CFAITC)
CFAITC works with K-12 teachers, and students to enhance education using agricultural examples. Its website includes lesson plans and agriculture related resources and weblinks.
http://www.cfaitc.org

 California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC)
CREEC is an educational project whose mission is to develop a communication network providing educators with access to high quality environmental education resources, including links to quality curriculum materials, professional development for teachers, and funding opportunities.
http://www.creec.org

California School Garden Network (CSGN)
The CSGN works to facilitate the connection between school gardening resource organizations and educators. Its members represent a variety of state agencies, private companies, educational institutions and non profit organizations dedicated to creating and sustaining gardens in every willing school in California. The Network serves as a central organization to distribute school garden resources and support throughout the state. It provides information on teacher training, grants and fundraising, and curriculum resources as well as other helpful links.
http://www.csgn.org

 A Child's Garden of Standards: Linking School Gardens to California Education Standards, California Department of Education (2002)
A collaborative effort by the California Department of Education that links garden based education activities selected from nine published educational materials to specific academic content standards for grades 2 through 6 in science, history/social sciences, mathematics, and English language arts.
Ordering information: Copies are available for $17.50 plus shipping and handling charges and sales tax (California residents) from
California Department of Education
CDE Press, Sales Office
P.O. Box 271
Sacramento CA 95812 0271
or FAX orders to 916 323 0823
You can also download a copy of the publication at http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/pn/fd/documents/childsgarden.pdf.

 Gardens for Learning: Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden, California School Garden Network (2006)
This CSGN publication is a comprehensive overview of school gardening from start to finish with ideas for every aspect of your project including funding and recruiting volunteers and sustaining the garden once it is implemented. Hard copies are available to California educators on request a free hard copy; and it is also downloadable as a pdf.
http://www.csgn.org

 Junior Master Gardener Program (JMG)
JMG is an international youth gardening program of the University Cooperative Extension network. The program has produced numerous curriculum related publications including the Junior Master Gardener Handbook and the Junior Master Gardener Teacher/Leader Guide. It also conducts teacher training and provides a wealth of information on gardening education for children through its website.
http://www.jmgkids.us
For correlation of California state standards to the JMG Handbook lesson plans for grade 3 5 materials, go to
http://ca4h.org/projresource/jrmastergardener

 Life Lab Science Program
Life Lab helps schools integrate gardens into their science and nutrition curriculum. They offer Getting Started: A Guide for Creating School Gardens, The Growing Classroom curriculum guides, and other publications on learning activities. They conduct an extensive series of workshops to bring inspiration to educators interested in science, nutrition, and garden-based learning. Life Lab Science Program staff is available year round for workshops at your site.
http://www.lifelab.org

National Gardening Association (NGA)
The NGA offers books on youth gardening, including Guide to Kid's Gardening, and a bi-monthly magazine with features on children's gardening programs nationwide. NGA sponsors a grant program that honors noteworthy youth gardening projects.
http://www.kidsgardening.com
http://www.garden.org
http://www.kidsgardeningstore.com

San Diego County Master Gardeners
The San Diego County Master Gardeners have a well developed school gardening program including an extensive website of information and resources and a companion publication Plant a Seed, Watch It Grow, A Guide for School Gardens.
http://www.mastergardenerssandiego.org

 University of California Botanical Garden, Berkeley
The UC Botanical Garden helps diverse school gardens become effective educational resources by creating dynamic garden based units that support the California and National Education Standards. The Garden's school partnership program infuses innovative curricula, teacher training, and parent involvement in the process. The program includes docent led garden tours, in school gardening programs and consultations, and professional development opportunities through the UC Botanical Garden Education Program and the Annual School Garden Conference. The Growing Learning Communities Project has developed a garden linked curriculum that includes Botany on Your Plate and Math in the Garden.
http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu

 The Watershed Project
The Watershed Project is a nonprofit organization offering a range of services to support healthy watersheds in the San Francisco Bay Area. Programs and services include workshops for educators and the general public about school gardening, gardening resources and grant information and assistance, and Teacher Action Grants to support teachers engaged in school gardening. The Project also has a demonstration garden featuring native plants as well as a propagation nursery offering plants for sale. It publishes a newsletter with helpful information and resources for school gardening.
http://www.thewatershedproject.org

Bay Farms Elementary School/Alameda Butterfly Habitat
Bay Farms Elementary School is home to the Alameda Butterfly Habitat, which once was nothing but a slab of concrete. It now provides educational opportunities for the entire school as well as a beautiful place for the community to visit. The garden's website includes curriculum and standards related links as well as resources on getting and keeping volunteers.
Bay Farm Elementary School
200 Aughinbaugh Way
Alameda, CA

Botany on Your Plate
Botany on Your Plate is a life science unit for grades K-4 that inspires children to explore the fascinating realm of plants we eat by weaving nutritional health, mathematics, language arts, and social studies together with investigative science. Developed in collaboration with teachers, parents, and nutrition educators, this unit provides strong support to major learning goals outlined in the National Science Education Standards. To overcome the rigorous curriculum time constraints for science, Botany on Your Plate was designed to support certain mathematics, language arts, and social studies standards, as well as health standards related to nutrition.
http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu

Community Resources for Science (CRS)
CRS helps elementary teachers use science resources to give all kids access to hands on learning experiences. By becoming CRS members, teachers can request individual consulting for developing lesson plans to meet grade level science standards, logistical support for in class presentations and locating grant applications as well as many other benefits.
http://www.crscience.org

The Ecology Center Terrain for Schools
Terrain for Schools is a grant funded environmental education project of the Ecology Center in Berkeley that serves Northern Californian high school teachers interested in using locally relevant curricula in their classrooms. The project has three essential parts: the magazine, the teacher's guide, and tailored resources. The services are offered to teachers free of charge. The website also includes an extensive lesson plan archive correlating a wide variety of gardening subjects to high school curricula.
http://www.ecologycenter.org/tfs

Edible Schoolyard Project
The Edible Schoolyard is a non profit cooking and gardening program located on the campus of Martin Luther King Junior Middle School in Berkeley. Its extensive website provides a wealth of information on virtually every aspect of school gardening, including tips and suggestions on things they "learned the hard way."
http://www.edibleschoolyard.org

The Gardens at Heather Farm
The Gardens at Heather Farms include the Natural Science Classroom (NSC), which offers a wide variety of science and environmental education programs for students of all ages and abilities. Each program includes an interactive presentation, hands-on activities, and teacher resource materials. The programs are designed to support the classroom curriculum and align with the current California Science and Social Science Content Standards. The goal of the NSC is to provide students with sensory and scientific explorations that build science skills and knowledge and create a deeper appreciation and understanding of the natural world. NSC offers field trip classes and some school classroom presentations.
http://www.gardenshf.org

Math in the Garden, National Gardening Association (2006)
Developed by the UC Botanical Garden, in collaboration with the Lawrence Hall of Science, and published by the National Gardening Association, Math in the Garden uses a mathematical lens to explore the magical arena of gardens and includes engaging math activities that anyone can do. No mathematics expertise is needed to lead the activities, so they can be used by virtually any youth leader or educator in addition to classroom teachers. For ordering information, check the website below.
http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/education/eduMIG.shtml

Oakland Butterfly Urban Gardens (O.B.U.G.S.)
O.B.U.G.S. is an Oakland based nonprofit organization founded to strengthen families and build community through educational programs offered in a network of neighborhood gardens, green spaces and farmers markets.
http://www.obugs.org

The Rodale Institute's Kidsregen
Kidsregen.org is a website maintained by The Rodale Institute for the purpose of empowering children to make healthy choices for the environment and for themselves. The staff's goal is to make the site a safe place for children to interact with other kids, play and have fun while learning the important connections between healthy soil/environment, healthy food, and healthy people.
http://www.kidsregen.org
The website also includes a free downloadable curriculum guide for grades 2 6 available at http://www.kidsregen.org/educators/curriculum/exhibit/guide.pdf.

StopWaste.Org
StopWaste.Org is the Alameda County Waste Management Authority and the Alameda County Source Reduction and Recycling Board operating as one public agency in part to promote environmental awareness. It provides free garden related materials to teachers, including "Do the Rot Thing" teacher's guide with activities on worms and composting for grades K 12; in class presentations on how to use compost bins and worm boxes to turn yard waste and food scraps into organic fertilizer, plus a free bin and worms; technical assistance including a resource library with composting information.
http://www.stopwaste.org

The Worm Cafe: Mid-scale Vermicomposting of Lunchroom Wastes, Binet Payne, Flower Press (1999)
This manual describes how a teacher and her students developed a system to compost lunchroom waste with worms and save their school $6000 per year. How they performed a waste audit, garnered support from school personnel. Discusses bins, bedding, maintenance, harvesting and using castings in the school garden. Contains earthworm diagrams, bulletin board materials, quizzes, letter to parents, charts, and dozens of resources.
Available at bookstores and online

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State Standards

 California Department of Education (CDE)
In collaboration with organizations and individuals throughout California, the CDE oversees the Garden in Every School Program, which promotes linkages among the school classroom, school cafeteria, local agriculture, waste management, and others. The CDE also administers $15,000,000 in state grants for school gardens pursuant to AB 1535. Its publication A Child's Garden of Standards: Linking School Gardens to California Education Standards
http://www.cde.ca.gov
http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/he/garden.asp

 California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC)
CREEC is an educational project whose mission is to develop a communication network providing educators with access to high quality environmental education resources, including links to quality state standards, professional development for teachers, and funding opportunities.
http://www.creec.org

 A Child's Garden of Standards: Linking School Gardens to California Education Standards, California Department of Education (2002)
A collaborative effort by the California Department of Education that links garden based education activities selected from nine published educational materials to specific academic content standards for grades 2 through 6 in science, history/social sciences, mathematics, and English language arts.
Ordering information: Copies are available for $17.50 plus shipping and handling charges and sales tax (California residents) from
California Department of Education
CDE Press, Sales Office
P.O. Box 271
Sacramento CA 95812 0271
or FAX orders to 916 323 0823
You may also download a copy of the publication at http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/pn/fd/documents/childsgarden.pdf.

 Junior Master Gardener Program (JMG)
JMG is an international youth gardening program of the University Cooperative Extension network. The program has produced numerous curriculum related publications including the Junior Master Gardener Handbook and the Junior Master Gardener Teacher/Leader Guide. It also conducts teacher training and provides a wealth of information on gardening education for children through its website.
http://www.jmgkids.us
For correlation of California state standards to the JMG Handbook lesson plans for grades 3 5 materials, go to http://ca4h.org/projresource/jrmastergardener

University of California Botanical Garden, Berkeley
The UC Botanical Garden helps diverse school gardens become effective educational resources by creating dynamic garden based units that support the California and National Education Standards. The Garden's school partnership program infuses innovative curricula, teacher training, and parent involvement in the process. The program includes docent led garden tours, in school gardening programs and consultations, and professional development opportunities through the UC Botanical Garden Education Program and the Annual School Garden Conference. The Growing Learning Communities Project has developed a garden linked curriculum that includes Botany on Your Plate and Math in the Garden.
http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu

 The Watershed Project
The Watershed Project is a nonprofit organization offering a range of services to support healthy watersheds in the San Francisco Bay Area. Programs and services include workshops for educators and the general public about school gardening, gardening resources and grant information and assistance, and Teacher Action Grants to support teachers engaged in school gardening. The Project also has a demonstration garden featuring native plants as well as a propagation nursery offering plants for sale. It publishes a newsletter with helpful information and resources for school gardening.
http://www.thewatershedproject.org

Bay Farms Elementary School/Alameda Butterfly Habitat
Bay Farms Elementary School is home to the Alameda Butterfly Habitat, which once was nothing but a slab of concrete. It now provides educational opportunities for the entire school as well as a beautiful place for the community to visit. The garden's website includes curriculum and standards related links as well as resources on getting and keeping volunteers.
Bay Farm Elementary School
200 Aughinbaugh Way
Alameda, CA 

Botany on Your Plate
Botany on Your Plate is a life science unit for grades K-4 that inspires children to explore the fascinating realm of plants we eat by weaving nutritional health, mathematics, language arts, and social studies together with investigative science. Developed in collaboration with teachers, parents, and nutrition educators, this unit provides strong support to major learning goals outlined in the National Science Education Standards. To overcome the rigorous curriculum time constraints for science, Botany on Your Plate was designed to support certain mathematics, language arts, and social studies standards, as well as health standards related to nutrition.
http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu

Community Resources for Science (CRS)
CRS helps elementary teachers use science resources to give all kids access to hands on learning experiences. By becoming CRS members, teachers can request individual consulting for developing lesson plans to meet grade level science standards, logistical support for in class presentations and locating grant applications as well as many other benefits.
http://www.crscience.org

The Gardens at Heather Farm
The Gardens at Heather Farms include the Natural Science Classroom (NSC), which offers a wide variety of science and environmental education programs for students of all ages and abilities. Each program includes an interactive presentation, hands-on activities, and teacher resource materials. The programs are designed to support the classroom curriculum and align with the current California Science and Social Science Content Standards. The goal of the NSC is to provide students with sensory and scientific explorations that build science skills and knowledge and create a deeper appreciation and understanding of the natural world. NSC offers field trip classes and some school classroom presentations.
http://www.gardenshf.org

 

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