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Growing Minds is a program of Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food.

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Lesson Plans

Great lesson plans make any new classroom project a cinch! Over the years, Growing Minds has developed Farm to School activities that incorporate state and national curriculum. Teachers are currently using these plans throughout Southern Appalachia and beyond. Don't see what you need? Have a lesson you’re willing to share? Submit it here. Find lesson plans in the list below or take a look at our Get Local @ School section to find lesson plans for each month of the school year. We are working on updating our lesson plans. More will be available soon!

Teach students about life cycles by learning about worms and the ways they benefit the garden and farms. Through reading literature and completing hands-on activities, the class will conduct a worm investigation and observe that the organisms (and other animals) need food, air and space to grow.

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Children gain knowledge and interest in new fruits and vegetables through making an alphabet boarder for the classroom. Students learn to identify new fruits and vegetables. Students work together to complete a class project.

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Students learn about different varieties of apples, make apple juice, and devise their own methods of extracting juice.
Zip file contains lesson plan and student worksheet.

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This lesson plan has step by step instructions for cooking in the classroom and features literature and curriculum connections.

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Introduce students to the systems farmers use to sell the vegetables and fruits (apples!) they grow. Set up a “farmers market” in the classroom where students will sort, sell, and buy apples.

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This lesson plan has step by step instructions for cooking in the classroom and features literature and curriculum connections.

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Children use their sense to explore apples and gain confidence in trying new fruits.

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Students learn the process of turning milk into yogurt by using different bacteria starts and comparing results.
Zip file contains lesson plan and student worksheet.

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Children will learn about different types of fresh berries and practice their listening skills to follow instructions and make their own individual snack.

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Teach students about insect life cycles through a close look at butterflies.

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