How to Teach STEM Using a School Garden

Ever wondered how to successfully teach STEM lessons in a school garden? Green Our Planet has some real-life examples for you below. Below, you’ll find a lesson filmed in a garden for each grade level with a class of students. Learn how to effectively manage students and engage them with the wonder of the universe by watching these school garden lessons. A few tips:
  1. Set rules for the students for going outside prior to taking a class outdoors and establish that this will be a outdoor classroom experience and not a recess
  2. Take a kit consisting of hand lenses, a common plant identification resource, small containers for holding insects or seeds temporarily and extra pencils with you to the garden
  3. Reinforce the idea that this garden is everyone’s garden, and encourage students to treat all living things in the garden with respect
  4. When starting the garden lesson, have the students sit at the outdoor garden classroom and take out their notebooks
  5. When it is time to explore the garden, establish garden rules such as
    • no running
    • you may touch everything with one finger (it’s almost impossible to hurt a plant with only one finger)
  6. After the exploration period, return to the outdoor garden classroom to discuss what the students encountered in the garden and conclude the lesson

Overview

How to Teach Students STEM
in an Outdoor Garden

Overview of
Green Our Planet Farmer Lessons

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Kindergarten

Garden Caretakers
with Farmer Danielle

Kindergarten, Lesson 1 from the
Green Our Planet Curriculum

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First Grade

Learn How to Plant a Seed
with Farmer Rosalie

Grade 1, Lesson 7 from the
Green Our Planet Curriculum

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Second Grade

What is the Water Cycle?
with Farmer Danielle

Grade 2, Lesson 6 from the
Green Our Planet Curriculum

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Third Grade

Seed Dispersal
with Farmer Danielle

Grade 3, Lesson 4 from the
Green Our Planet Curriculum

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Fourth Grade

What is Soil?
with Farmer Danielle

Grade 4, Lesson 1 from the
Green Our Planet Curriculum

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Fifth Grade

Ecosystems and Biodiversity
with Farmer Danielle

Grade 5, Lesson 2 from the
Green Our Planet Curriculum

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Fifth Grade

Explore the Soil Food Web
with Farmer Danielle

Grade 5, Lesson 3 from the
Green Our Planet Curriculum

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Fifth Grade

What is Biodegradability?
with Farmer Danielle

Grade 5, Lesson 4 from the
Green Our Planet Curriculum

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