The School Garden Curriculum: An Integrated K-8 Guide
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An Integrated K-8 Guide for Discovering Science, Ecology, and Whole-Systems Thinking
The School Garden Curriculum offers a unique and comprehensive framework, enabling students to grow their knowledge throughout the school year and build on it from kindergarten to eighth grade. From seasonal garden activities to inquiry projects and science-skill building, children will develop organic gardening solutions, a positive land ethic, systems thinking, and instincts for ecological stewardship.
The book offers:
A complete K-8 school-wide framework
Over 200 engaging, weekly lesson plans – ready to share
Place-based activities, immersive learning, and hands-on activities
Integration of science, critical thinking, permaculture, and life skills
Links to Next Generation Science Standards
Further resources and information sources.
A model and guide for all educators, The School Garden Curriculum is the complete package for any school wishing to use ecosystem perspectives, science, and permaculture to connect children to positive land ethics, personal responsibility, and wonder, while building vital lifelong skills.
“This book is a beautiful compilation of intentional garden activities, meant to be either taught individually or as a unit, each lesson building on the others. As a busy science teacher who is dedicated to bringing my students outside whenever possible, I so appreciate the work Kaci Rae has already done to create a philosophy of permaculture education but also to weave a multi-year, seasonal framework with this curriculum. The consistency of each lesson’s presentation and outline make them easy to plan and implement as well as build on back in the classroom. This is a wonderfully useful and delightful book for both formal and informal educators wanting to utilize a garden space to engage their students!” -Katie B. K-6 Education Specialist & Garden Coordinator
“The school gardening movement has long been a laboratory of educational innovation. By fusing permaculture with science, Kaci Rae Christopher takes it one step further in effectively promoting systems thinking and garden ethics. Her teacher-friendly new book offers hundreds of lessons for fall, winter and spring that can be accomplished within a single class at each grade level from K-8. Highly recommended.” – Tim Grant, editor emeritus, Green Teacher magazine
In the fourth episode of Earthy Chats, co-hosts Jade Harvey-Berrill and Ian Shanahan chatted with outdoor and garden educator Kaci Rae Christopher, author of The School Garden Curriculum:
Podcast Episode 04: Gardening as an entry point to thinking big
Recording of workshop with Author, Kaci Rae Christoper