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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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Gardens

Students will explore the garden and will practice garden rules. They will learn to observe and look closely in the garden by beginning to recognize and appreciate different colors.

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Students will learn the difference between edible and non-edible and understand how these concepts connect to a garden and the objects and properties of a garden. Through a visit to the garden and by utilizing charts and discussion questions, students will expand their understanding of edible, non-edible, and the garden environment.

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Students will make observations and build an understanding of the properties of common objects in the garden. They will share information about what is in the garden by describing the objects through illustration and descriptive writing.

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Introduce students to the insects and other creatures they will find in the garden and their characteristics.

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Students learn what soil needs to be healthy, read garden books, and write journal entries.

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Through a hands-on activity, students learn about mapping and construct a “bird’s-eye-view” picture of a garden bed. Students work together to make group decisions in planning a classroom garden.

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As a class, students will create “garden tips” that will teach and reinforce appropriate garden behavior. Students will use their senses to explore and investigate the world around them.

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Through garden exploration, students will learn about the properties of soil and why soil is important to plants. They will closely observe soil and practice tallying and reporting results of soil experiments. Students love becoming soil scientists through this lesson and its activities!

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Students will use thermometers to measure soil temperature and use the information to determine if the soil is warm enough to support plant growth.

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