Common Core in the Garden


Screen Shot 2014-02-21 at 1.36.23 PMIn the Growing School Gardens community’s February webinar, attendees learned how to use a garden to bring learning to life! A school garden (however large or small) provides a meaningful context in which students can apply new academic concepts and skills. Whether they are graphing the temperature of their compost pile over time; reading a recipe to make fresh salsa; writing a story from the perspective of an ant; or presenting to a buddy class on the animals that visited their sunflower patch, the opportunities for children to practice traditional academic subjects in the garden are limitless! As students use their new-found math and language skills to measure, calculate, graph, and communicate about things that really matter to them, they deepen their understanding of the subject matter while also rediscovering the joy and fascination that characterizes learning within a meaningful context. Whitney Cohen, Life Lab’s Education Director, shared specific ideas for garden-based activities that align with Common Core standards. View the webinar to learn ways to use a school garden to help your students achieve CCSS skills.

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