The Valley Food Partnership and Growing Healthy Communities Coalition are committed to supporting community and school gardens. Since 2013, we have supported the development of five community gardens and six school gardens.
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Resources for Educators
School gardens can be a learning tool for students of all ages. If you have curriculum material that you would like to share on this page, please email us.
Locally Developed Lesson Plans
Dig into our amazing local lesson plans developed by some of our very own educators and community members here in the Montrose area. There are lessons for students ranging from elementary to high school level. Take a peak at these awesome resources and see how you can plant the seeds of knowledge and engage your students at school or at home about the wonders of gardening, plant science and more!
Denver Urban Gardens (DUG) provided all lessons compiled below from within their Garden and Nutrition Curriculum. The lessons coincide with both Earth and Life Science State Standards. It is suggested the students write the lessons down in some kind of journal. The lessons can be slightly adjusted to hit Literacy and Reading Standards as well as the Earth or Life Science Standard they already meet.
Standard: GR.1-S.2-GLE.2 (An organism is a living thing that has physical characteristics to help it survive.) Lesson:
Standard: GR.1-S.3-GLE.1 (Earth’s materials can be compared and classified based on their properties.) Lessons:
Standard: GR.2-S.2-GLE.1 (Organisms depend on their habitat’s nonliving parts to satisfy their needs.) Lessons:
Standard: GR.2-S.2-GLE.2 (Each plant of animal has different structures or behaviors that serve different functions.) Lessons:
Standard: GR.3-S.2-GLE.1 (The duration and timing of life cycle events such as reproduction and longevity vary across organisms and species.) Lessons:
Standard: GR.3-S.3-GLE.1 (Earth’s materials can be broken down and/or combined into different materials such as rocks, minerals, rock cycle, formation of soil and sand—some of which are usable resources for human activity.) Lessons:
Standard: GR.4-S.2-GLE.1 (All living things share similar characteristics, but they also have differences that can be described and classified.) Lessons:
Standard: GR.4-S.2-GLE.3 (There is an interaction and interdependence between and among living and nonliving components of ecosystems.) Lessons:
Standard: GR.5-S.2-GLE.1 (All organisms have structures and systems with separate functions.) Lessons:
Standard: GR.5-S.2-GLE.2 (Human body systems have basic structures, functions and needs.) Lessons: