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


A lift the flap book featuring a variety of vegetables, their different parts, and things that they are similar to.

Introduce students to cucumbers, how they grow, and what they taste like.


This simple salad doesn’t require any cooking, although the flavors are better if allowed to set for an hour or two.

From Cucumber Soup by Vickie Leigh Krudwig

Read the book with your students and then make the recipe, combining science, math, and early literacy.

Ten ants find that a cucumber has fallen and blocked the entrance to their home. The ants are strong, but the cucumber is too heavy for them to move alone. Find out what other garden critters come to the rescue! Do you see any of these insects in your garden? Don’t forget to try the recipe!
Cucumber Soup is featured in these K-2 Growing Minds lesson plans: Cucumber Stacks and Insect Exploration. Note: this book is out of print, but is available to check out from our farm to school lending library (English and Spanish editions). You can also watch a read aloud by Growing Minds staff here. 

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


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.


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.