Life Science In the Garden

Life Science In the Garden

Essential questions: 
How can we classify what we find in our schoolyard as living, once-living, or non-living?
How can we classify living things by their observable traits?
What do animals need to survive? How can we provide or protect their habitat?
What do plants need to survive? How can we provide or protect their habitat?
What is a plant's life cycle? How do different plants reproduce?

Engage your students in exploring life science concepts outdoors, in and around your schoolyard garden. These collections of short Explorations from Project Learning Garden take younger students outdoors in your schoolyard to observe the differences between living vs. non-living things, and to explore the different forms of life, including their life cycles and traits, in the garden. These lessons can be extrapolated out to compare different needs of different life forms, including humans.

Project Learning Garden is a program of the Captain Planet Foundation that provides schools and educators with the essential materials to establish a school garden program as an outdoor classroom and living laboratory. The program provides a school with five raised garden beds, a mobile cooking cart, lessons and curriculum kits to teach the lessons, online professional learning, and guidance for integrating the garden into the instructional culture of the school. To learn more about Project Learning Garden, visit http://captainplanetfoundation.org/programs/project-learning-garden/