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18 Clever Ways to Bring Gardening Into the Classroom

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Gardening is a great way to meet science standards, no matter what grade you teach. Whether you’re studying plant life cycle, botany, ecosystems, or something else, there are likely gardening projects out there to bring hands-on learning to your classroom. And there’s no experience required either. 

For years, I’ve been writing about plants and gardening with kids, and I also do a lot of gardening with my own children. I know it can seem a bit involved to bring gardening into your classroom, but it doesn’t have to be. To give you some ideas, I’ve divided these classroom gardening ideas into three levels, from beginning gardener to green-thumb expert. I hope they inspire you to get gardening this month. 

Level 1: Stick to the basics

You don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to a big plant or gardening project, but you’d love something creative to meet your science unit. Does this sound like you? These classroom gardening ideas are what you’re looking for. 

1. Get a free printable on the parts of a plant. 

Teaching the parts of a plant is a classic science lesson for young learners, and you can easily find free resources with a quick search on Pinterest. Here’s one of our favorites from Itsy Bitsy Fun. 

2. Make an anchor chart about tops and bottoms. 

SOURCE: Sommer’s Lion Pride

Do veggies grow down or up? This is a great question to discuss with students, and there’s a fantastic book called  Tops & Bottoms that is also a great tool. Use this chart to talk to your students about the different types of veggies you can grow and whether you eat their top or their bottom. 

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3. Watch our plant life cycle video.