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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 Plan

Teach students about changing seasons and the season of autumn. Students create a leaf spinner and record daily temperatures.

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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 learn to identify new fruits and vegetables. Students associate vegetables and fruits with a positive experience making a fun art project.

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Children gain knowledge and interest in new fruits and vegetables through making fruit and vegetable spinners.

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Introduce students to cucumbers and how they grow. Students will taste cucumbers and write about them.

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Children learn how to make their own snack and through a hands on cooking experience gain motivation to try a new vegetable. Children learn about kitchen utensils and how to use them to make a specific recipe.

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These open faced cucumber sandwiches don’t require any cooking and are sure to be a hit in the classroom. The associated lesson plan contains ideas for cucumber activities and curriculum connections.

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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 learn which animals live on a farm and discover their purpose to a farmer and a community.

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