Explore lessons and fun activities for students in grades 6-8 that bring the growing process to life in the classroom and at home.

Here you’ll find lessons, activities, videos, and other resources related to gardening, for students in grades 6-8. No matter if you are a teacher, parent, kid, or kid at heart, all are hands-on, experiential, and fun! We worked closely with Louisiana educators to identify only the best lessons for teachers and link them to Louisiana State Curriculum Standards.

  • Beets & Carrots:

    Beets & Carrots:

    beets and carrots illustration

    Lessons and Activities

    Biology Tutor: Beet Root Membrane Permeability

    In this video lesson, students investigate the effects of a named variable (temperature) on the permeability of cell surface membranes. (8:00)

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    6-MS-LS1-1
    7-MS-PS1-4

    Chemistry in the K-8 Classroom: Bend a Carrot

    In this lesson students will use a salted carrot to demonstrate osmosis. This experiment investigates the movement of water into and out of cells. The movement of water in and out of cells depends on the amounts of dissolved chemicals (like sugar or salt) inside and outside the cells. Plants rely on the water in their cells to help them stand up straight — they wilt when they don’t have enough water in their cells.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    6-MS-LS1-1

    Rainbow Fruit and Vegetable Activity Ideas

    This site features interactive “Eat a Rainbow” bulletin boards with activities such as “Color of the Month” where a fruit and vegetable color is featured each month. Students bring in their favorite recipes or create recipes with fruits or vegetables in the color of each month. The “There’s Magic in the Rainbow” activity highlights the magical properties of fruits and vegetables such as beets and carrots. The site includes a link for free food clip art for students to create recipe cards and other visuals. Check out the “Free Tools” link at the top of the page. It includes links to a BMI calculator, a calorie and exercise calculator, a free “My Plate” workbook, and many other freebies.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    RI.6.1,7
    W.6.8,9
    SL.6.1,2,3
    RI.7.1,7,8
    W.7.8,9
    SL.7.1,2,3
    RI.8.8,9
    W.8.8,9
    SL.8.1,2,3
    1-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    3-M-1.1, 1.3, 1.4
    6-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    7-M-1.1, 1.2

    Beets & Carrots:

    beets and carrots illustration

    Videos and Other Resources

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Carrot Brochure

    Brochure containing carrot facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Carrot Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    How to Grow Carrot Tops

    A short-time lapse video covering the growth of carrot tops. (6:39)

    True Food TV: Purple Carrots or Orange: Who’s the Daddy?

    Short video on the origin of the different colors of carrots. (1:07)

    Growing Carrots from Sowing to Harvest

    A how-to video on growing carrots, from sowing to harvest. (6:20)

    Hypertonic, Hypotonic and Isotonic Solutions!

    This is a good video to accompany the Bending Carrot Activity. This video is a review of hypotonic, hypertonic, and isotonic solutions and how they lead to plasmolysis, cytolysis, and dynamic equilibrium. In addition to tonicity, the video also covers concentration gradients, solutes and solvents, and whether you should drink salt water in a survival situation. (4:45)

    Iowa Department of Public Health: Pick a Better Snack Fact Sheets – Carrots

    This site has a colorful, printable fact sheet on carrots.

    Crunchy Carrots: from Farm to Fork

    Watch this video to see the farm-to-fork journey of carrots, from ideal growing conditions to harvesting and production, ready for you to buy in the shops. (3:49)

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Beet Brochure

    Brochure containing beet facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Beet Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    Growing Beet Greens from Beet Tops: Time-Lapse

    A short-time lapse video covering the growth of beet greens. (1:33)

    Farm to Fork Time-Lapse of Beets

    A short-time lapse video covering the growth of beets. (2:06)

    California Harvest of the Month: Beet Botanical Image

    This site includes a colorful diagram of the anatomy of a beet for student research.

  • Blueberries:

    Blueberries:

    blueberry illustration

    Lessons and Activities

    Super Healthy Kids: Nutrition Education Game

    A game that teaches students about the nutritional value in different-colored fruits and vegetables. Students create a healthy smoothie by rolling teacher-made dice. Each side is a different color, and with each roll of the dice students recite the fruits and vegetables found in those colors and the nutrients found in them. Then, students add two fruits or vegetables to the blender. For example, if the student rolls blue and red, the response could be: Blue foods help our brains; they are high in the nutrients anthocyanin and phenolics. Red foods are high in a nutrient called lycopene as well as anthocyanin and vitamins A and C; red foods are beneficial because they control high blood pressure, reduce the risk of cancer, and reduce the risks of losing your memory. Then, students may add a blueberry and a strawberry to their smoothie.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    6-MS-ESS3-4
    6-MS-LS2-1&3
    7-MS-LS1-6&7
    7-MS-LS2-4&5
    8-MS-ESS3-3
    8-MS-LS1-4&5
    RI.6.1,7
    SL.6.1,2,3
    RI.7.1,7,8
    SL.7.1,2,3
    RI.8.8,9
    SL.8.1,2,3
    1-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    3-M-1.1, 1.3, 1.4
    6-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    7-M-1.1, 1.2

    U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council Resources

    The Highbush Blueberry Farm to School Playbook has numerous resources that include activities, case studies on hosting a blueberry farm-to-school event, a full-color printable poster, and many more. Be sure to explore the resources at the top for tips on growing blueberries, nutritional information, and recipes.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    6-MS-LS2-1&3
    7-MS-LS1-6&7
    8-MS-LS1-4&5
    RI.6.1,7
    W.6.8,9
    SL.6.1,2,3
    RI.7.1,7,8
    W.7.8,9
    SL.7.1,2,3
    RI.8.8,9
    W.8.8,9
    SL.8.1,2,3
    6.1.1
    7.1.1
    8.1.1
    1-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    3-M-1.1, 1.3, 1.4
    6-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    7-M-1.1, 1.2

    Blueberries:

    blueberry illustration

    Videos and Other Resources

    Naturipe: Blueberry Harvesting Process

    A virtual field trip to a blueberry orchard and processing plant. Students will see how blueberries are grown, harvested (by hand and machine), and processed. (2:52)

    Naturipe: Blueberry Harvesting Process

    A virtual field trip to a blueberry orchard and processing plant. Students will see how blueberries are grown, harvested (by hand and machine), and processed. (2:52)

    Eating Berries Every Day for A Week Will Do This to Your Body

    This video discusses the benefits of eating berries, with nutritional and other facts about berries. (10:14)

    WebMD: One-Food Wonder: Blueberries

    A short video with nutritional information and other facts about blueberries. (0:50)

    True Food TV: Blueberry | How Does It Grow?

    Besides showing how the blueberry grows today, this video gives an excellent history of the blueberry. (10:47)

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Blueberry Brochure

    Brochure containing blueberry facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Blueberry Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    5 Superfoods That Actually Live Up to Their Hype

    Informative article for your students on five superfoods, including the blueberry.

    How to Eat a Rainbow: 5 Shades of Nutrients

    Informative article for your students on what it means to “Eat a Rainbow.”

    Medical News Today: Everything You Need to Know about Blueberries

    Informative article for your students on blueberry facts and nutrition.

  • Broccoli & Cauliflower:

    Broccoli & Cauliflower:

    broccoli and cauliflower illustration

    Lessons and Activities

    Drexel University: Go for the Green!

    In this lesson students will describe the importance of vegetables in their diet and their relationship to health. Then, they will prepare and taste a healthy snack.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    RI.6.1,7
    W.6.8,9
    SL.6.1,2,3
    RI.7.1,7,8
    W.7.8,9
    SL.7.1,2,3
    RI.8.8,9
    W.8.8,9
    SL.8.1,2,3
    1-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    3-M-1.1, 1.3, 1.4
    6-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    7-M-1.1, 1.2

    Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom: Bring on the Brassica Veggies

    Students will learn about the Brassica vegetables through several activities that include testing recipes using Brassica vegetables and determining their favorites. The provided readings will introduce students to the health benefits of various vegetables in the Brassica family and other facts such as the origin of different Brassica vegetables.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    7-MS-LS2-1
    8-MS-LS1-4,5
    8-MS-LS3-1
    RI.6.1,7
    W.6.8,9
    SL.6.1,2,3
    RI.7.1,7,8
    W.7.8,9
    SL.7.1,2,3
    RI.8.8,9
    W.8.8,9
    SL.8.1,2,3
    6.1.1
    7.1.1
    8.1.1
    1-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    3-M-1.1, 1.3, 1.4
    6-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    7-M-1.1, 1.2

    California Harvest of the Month: Broccoli

    This Harvest of the Month newsletter has activities that give students the opportunity to explore, taste, and learn about the importance of eating broccoli, as well as its origins and how it grows. The newsletter also includes activities that introduce students to phytochemicals and folate.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    RI.6.1,7
    W.6.8,9
    SL.6.1,2,3
    RI.7.1,7,8
    W.7.8,9
    SL.7.1,2,3
    RI.8.8,9
    W.8.8,9
    SL.8.1,2,3
    1-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    3-M-1.1, 1.3, 1.4
    6-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    7-M-1.1, 1.2

    AAAS Science NetLinks: Got Broccoli?

    In this lesson, students are asked to look critically at the advertising claims of foods they eat, recognizing those that ascribe unrealistic, emotional, or psychological benefits to foods, rather than nutritional benefits. Students will then create an original advertising campaign for a “forgotten” vegetable, presenting compelling, factual information about the nutrients found in these foods and the benefits derived from them.  

    Got Broccoli? Student E-Sheet

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    RI.6.1,7
    W.6.1
    W.6.8,9
    SL.6.1,2,3
    RI.7.1,7,8
    W.7.1
    W.7.1,8,9
    SL.7.1,2,3
    RI.8.8,9
    W.8.1,8,9
    SL.8.1,2,3
    1-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    3-M-1.1, 1.3, 1.4
    6-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    7-M-1.1, 1.2

    Broccoli & Cauliflower:

    broccoli and cauliflower illustration

    Videos and Other Resources

    Iowa Ingredient: Growing Cauliflower

    A how-to video for growing cauliflower, from seed to harvest. (4:16)

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Cauliflower Brochure

    Brochure containing cauliflower facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Cauliflower Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    Upper Valley Farm to School Network – Harvesting Broccoli and Cauliflower

    This video explains that the parts of broccoli and cauliflower plants that we eat are flower buds and stems, and discusses the nutrients that these plants provides for us. (4:33)

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Broccoli Brochure

    Brochure containing broccoli facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Broccoli Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    Bonnie Plants: How to Plant Broccoli Plants

    A short informational video on how to plant broccoli and other cole crops. (1:13)

    Learning About Broccoli

    This is a short video demonstrating that we eat the flower buds of the broccoli plant. (1:07)

    True Food TV: Foods That Are Actually EDIBLE FLOWERS

    Even though we call them fruits and vegetables, everything from cauliflower to broccoli, and artichoke to fig, are really their plants' flowers. (1:41)

    True Food TV: Cauliflower | How Does It Grow?

    This video discusses the origin of cauliflower, explains that a cauliflower is a bouquet of flowers, and takes you to a commercial farm to demonstrate how they grow cauliflower. (4:03)

    Broccoli Pedigree | PBS

    A short video vignette about why we have never stumbled across a wild broccoli. (1:58)

  • Cabbage:

    Cabbage:

    red cabbage illustration

    Lessons and Activities

    Oregon Harvest for Schools: Planning the Planting Calendar

    After introducing students to the variety of vegetables in the Brassica family, have students create a garden-growing calendar for 3-5 different Brassica crops using the planting dates and days to maturity listed at the Burpee Growing Calendar site. This is the link for the online Burpee Growing Calendar. Using the Burpee Growing Calendar site, students simply type in their zip code and choose vegetables in the Brassica family. Beautiful pictures and planting months appropriate for their zip code will be listed.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    6-MS-LS2-1,2
    7-MS-LS1-6&7
    7-MS-LS2-4&5
    7-MS-LS4-4
    8-MS-ESS2-6
    8-MS-ESS3-3
    8-MS-LS1-4&5
    8-MS-LS3-1
    RI.6.1,7
    W.6.8,9
    SL.6.1,2,3
    RI.7.1,7,8
    W.7.8,9
    SL.7.1,2,3
    RI.8.8,9
    W.8.8,9
    SL.8.1,2,3
    6.1.1
    6.3.1
    7.1.1
    8.1.1
    1-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    3-M-1.1, 1.3, 1.4
    6-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    7-M-1.1, 1.2

    Better Lesson: Household pHun!

    Students will get an introduction to pH and identify common substances as acids and bases using red cabbage juice. Students love the bright colors of this lab! Students will be able to analyze the property of pH in common household substances.  

    Household pHun! PDF

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    7-MS-PS1-2 RI.6.1,7
    W.6.8,9
    SL.6.1,2,3
    RI.7.1,7,8
    W.7.8,9
    SL.7.1,2,3
    RI.8.8,9
    W.8.8,9
    SL.8.1,2,3

    Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom: Bring on the Brassica Veggies

    Students will learn about the Brassica vegetables through several activities that include testing recipes using Brassica vegetables and determining their favorites. The provided readings will introduce students to the health benefits of various vegetables in the Brassica family and other facts such as the origin of different Brassica vegetables.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    7-MS-LS2-1
    8-MS-LS1-4,5
    8-MS-LS3-1
    RI.6.1,7
    W.6.8,9
    SL.6.1,2,3
    RI.7.1,7,8
    W.7.8,9
    SL.7.1,2,3
    RI.8.8,9
    W.8.8,9
    SL.8.1,2,3
    6.1.1
    7.1.1
    8.1.1
    1-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    3-M-1.1, 1.3, 1.4
    6-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    7-M-1.1, 1.2

    Cabbage:

    red cabbage illustration

    Videos and Other Resources

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Cabbage Brochure

    Brochure containing cabbage facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Cabbage Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    Growing Cabbages from Sowing to Harvests

    A how-to video for growing cabbages, from seed to harvest. (6:27)

    Center for Ecoliteracy: A Comparative Tasting of California Fruits and Vegetables/Fruit and Vegetable Adjectives

    This is a resource to accompany Investigating Cabbage Traditions. The Fruit and Vegetable Adjectives PDF is found at the end of this resource. Since many students describe the taste of fruits and vegetables with opinionated words such as “good” and “yummy” or “bad” and “nasty,” this resource is very helpful to facilitate specific descriptions of the tastes and appearances of fruits and vegetables.

  • Cantaloupe & Watermelon:

    Cantaloupe & Watermelon:

    watermelon and cantaloupe illustration

    Lessons and Activities

    California Harvest of the Month: Melons

    This Harvest of the Month newsletter has activities that give students the opportunity to explore, taste, and learn about reasons to eat melons. It also includes botanical information, melon history, and nutrition facts. Lessons include studying nutrition fact labels for different melon varieties, conducting a bug hunt in your school garden, and a melon math activity.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    7-MS-LS3-2
    7-MS-LS4-5
    8-MS-LS3-1
    RI.6.1,7
    W.6.8,9
    SL.6.1,2,3
    RI.7.1,7,8
    W.7.8,9
    SL.7.1,2,3
    RI.8.8,9
    W.8.8,9
    SL.8.1,2,3
    6.1.1
    7.1.1
    8.1.1
    1-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    3-M-1.1, 1.3, 1.4
    6-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    7-M-1.1, 1.2

    Scientific American: Floating Eggs in Water

    This density demonstration teaches the concept that if an object is less dense than the water around it, it will float. Once students understand why the egg floats, use this concept to make a perfect cantaloupe or watermelon sorbet. Have students watch the video "The Trick to Making the Perfect Sorbet". This video demonstrates how to use a floating egg to adjust the density of a sorbet solution made with simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water solution) and pureed fruit such as cantaloupe or watermelon. Using the floating egg concept, students can make a sorbet that freezes perfectly. Students will need a food processor, a strainer, and an ice cream freezer.    

    Melon Sorbet Recipe

    6 cups of melon (watermelon or cantaloupe)

    ¾ cup of water

    ~2 cups of simple syrup (1 cup of sugar dissolved in 1 cup of water)

    1. Puree melon and water in a food processor.

    2. Drop a clean egg in the pureed fruit. (Do not crack the egg; put it in whole like in the Salty Science lesson.)

    3. Gradually add the simple syrup solution until the egg starts floating.

    4. Stir carefully.

    5. Continue gradually adding the simple syrup until the part of the egg that is exposed is the size of a quarter (see "The Trick to Making the Perfect Sorbet" video).

    6. Freeze in an ice cream freezer following the directions for the freezer.

    7. Serve the perfect sorbet.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    6-MS-PS1-1
    7-MS-LS1-2
    RI.6.1,7
    W.6.8,9
    SL.6.1,2,3
    RI.7.1,7,8
    W.7.8,9
    SL.7.1,2,3
    RI.8.8,9
    W.8.8,9
    SL.8.1,2,3
    1-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    3-M-1.1, 1.3, 1.4
    6-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    7-M-1.1, 1.2

    Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom: Melon Meiosis

    Students will read about the discovery of colchicine, which made seedless watermelon possible. Students will use modeling clay and beans to model meiosis and mitosis. Students will design imaginary watermelons and write marketing plans for them. Students will examine the meanings of prefixes in scientific words.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    6-MS-LS1-1,2
    7-MS-LS3-2
    7-MS-LS4-4,5
    8-MS-LS3-1
    RI.6.1,7
    W.6.8,9
    SL.6.1,2,3
    RI.7.1,7,8
    W.7.8,9
    SL.7.1,2,3
    RI.8.8,9
    W.8.8,9
    SL.8.1,2,3
    1-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    3-M-1.1, 1.3, 1.4
    6-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    7-M-1.1, 1.2

    Cantaloupe & Watermelon:

    watermelon and cantaloupe illustration

    Videos and Other Resources

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Cantaloupe Brochure

    Brochure containing cantaloupe facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Cantaloupe Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    How to Pick a Ripe Watermelon

    An informative video on how to know when a watermelon is ripe enough to pick. Some of these tips can also be used to pick a ripe watermelon from the store. (2:07)

    Watermelon from Seed: Time-Lapse

    A time-lapse video of a watermelon growing from germination (Day 8) to first true leaves (Day 39). (1:05)

    True Food TV: SEEDLESS Watermelon – You’ll Never Guess How It’s Grown

    If seedless watermelons have no seeds, how exactly are they grown? And what about other seedless fruit? Bananas and seedless grapes — how do they grow? Prepare to have your mind blown. (3:39)

    The Trick to Making the Perfect Sorbet

    This video demonstrates how to use a floating egg to adjust the density of a sorbet solution made with simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water solution) and pureed fruit (6 cups) such as cantaloupe or watermelon. Using the floating egg concept, students can make a sorbet that freezes perfectly: not too hard (not enough sugar) and not too slushy (too much sugar). (3.57)

    Learn Fun Facts About Watermelons

    A short video with facts about watermelons. (0:49)

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Watermelon Brochure

    Brochure containing watermelon facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Watermelon Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

  • Citrus:

    Citrus:

    orange citrus fruit illustration

    Lessons and Activities

    Science-U: Lemon Batteries

    Is it possible to use the acid in a lemon to power a light? Try it to find out! Students will create a circuit with a lemon or other citrus fruit. They will learn how electrochemical cells or batteries work and experiment with using multiple citrus fruits and electrodes.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    6-MS-PS2-3,5
    7-MS-PS1-2
    8-MS-PS1-6
    1-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    3-M-1.1, 1.3, 1.4
    6-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    7-M-1.1, 1.2

    Florida Harvest of the Month: Satsuma

    Students will analyze the history of satsuma oranges, the citrus industry and issues facing the future of citrus. Students will conduct a tactile lab on the amount of oranges needed to meet the consumer demands for orange juice. This classroom guide also includes a classroom recipe for Kale Salad with Citrus Dressing.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    7-MS-LS3-2
    7-MS-LS4-4,5
    8-MS-LS1-5
    8-MS-LS3-1
    RI.6.1,7
    W.6.8,9
    SL.6.1,2,3
    RI.7.1,7,8
    W.7.8,9
    SL.7.1,2,3
    RI.8.8,9
    W.8.8,9
    SL.8.1,2,3
    6.1.1
    7.1.1
    8.1.1
    1-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    3-M-1.1, 1.3, 1.4
    6-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    7-M-1.1, 1.2

    Citrus:

    orange citrus fruit illustration

    Videos and Other Resources

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Tangerine Brochure

    Brochure containing tangerine facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Tangerine Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Satsuma Brochure

    Brochure containing satsuma facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Satsuma Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Orange Brochure

    Brochure containing orange facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Orange Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Lime Brochure

    Brochure containing lime facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Lime Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Grapefruit Brochure

    Brochure containing grapefruit facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Grapefruit Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Kumquat Brochure

    Brochure containing kumquat facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Kumquat Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    True Food TV: Why Ripe Limes Are NOT Green

    You've likely never eaten a ripe lime. Here's why in 60 seconds. (1:09)

    True Food TV: Almalfi Coast Lemon | How Does It Grow? Special: The Flying Farmer

    This human-interest video shows how some Italian lemon farmers grow their huge lemons in terraced gardens on mountainsides off the Almalfi Coast of Italy. From the town below, an 83-year-old, fourth-generation lemon farmer appears to be flying in the clouds as he climbs his arbors to harvest lemons. (11:22)

    How Orange Juice Is Made

    From orange trees to orange juice. (6:39)

    True Food TV: Orange | How Does It Grow?

    Very informative video on the varieties of oranges and how they are grown commercially. (7:38)

    Center for Ecoliteracy: Nourishing Students: Posters

    Display these posters in kitchens, cafeterias, classrooms, and during after-school programs as a fun and engaging way to promote fresh fruits, vegetables, and healthy eating. Each poster is designed to print 24" by 36." These posters won the 2018 Graphic Design USA award for Health + Wellness. This set of free, downloadable full-color posters features wildlife animals with the following fruit or vegetable: Radish, Strawberry, Grape, Tomato, Orange.

    California Harvest of the Month: Grapefruit Botanical Image

    This site includes facts about grapefruit and a colorful diagram of the anatomy of a grapefruit, a lemon, and a lime.

  • Cucumber:

    Cucumber:

    cucumber illustration

    Lessons and Activities

    Kids Gardening: Imperfect Flowers

    In this lesson, students will explore plants that have imperfect flowers and learn how this characteristic can help ensure their survival. Students will learn that plants with imperfect flowers have two types of flowers: some contain male structures producing pollen and others contain female structures producing eggs and seeds. They will also learn that cross-pollination supports genetic diversity, and genetic diversity supports the survival of a species.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    6-MS-LS2-1,2,3
    7-MS-LS3-2
    8-MS-LS1-3,4,5
    RI.6.1,7
    SL.6.1,2,3
    RI.7.1,7,8
    SL.7.1,2,3
    RI.8.8,9
    SL.8.1,2,3

    Edible Schoolyard: Seed Sleuth

    In this activity, students will observe and compare seeds to match which vegetables are related to each other. Using the Seed Sleuth Chart, ask students to observe the size, shape, and color of the seeds to classify the vegetable into its plant family. For example, when comparing pepper, tomato, and eggplant seeds, students realize that they are very similar and that these vegetables belong to the same plant family. To take this lesson further, students can research plant families. Finally, students can expand their vocabulary through this activity, learning the definition of “sleuth” and “taxonomy.”

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    7-MS-LS3-2
    7-MS-LS4-6

    National Ag in the Classroom: Flower Power

    This is an excellent flower dissection lesson or pollinator unit that includes pollinator (bee) lessons and videos. Students will observe the anatomical structures of flowers and explain a flower's role in plant growth and reproduction as well as their connection to our food supply.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    6-MS-ESS3-4
    6-MS-LS2-1&3
    7-MS-LS1-6&7
    7-MS-LS2-4&5
    7-MS-LS3-2
    8-MS-ESS3-3
    8-MS-LS1-4&5
    RI.6.1,7
    W.6.8,9
    SL.6.1,2,3
    RI.7.1,7,8
    W.7.8,9
    SL.7.1,2,3
    RI.8.8,9
    W.8.8,9
    SL.8.1,2,3
    1-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    3-M-1.1, 1.3, 1.4
    6-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    7-M-1.1, 1.2

    Cucumber:

    cucumber illustration

    Videos and Other Resources

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Cucumber Brochure

    Brochure containing cucumber facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Cucumber Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    Disco Cucumber Time-Lapse

    Time-lapse video of a cucumber’s tendrils supporting the vine. (1:46)

    Pickle Time-Lapse

    Time-lapse video of a cucumber growing from flower to picking size. (2:39)

    True Food TV: Cucumber | How Does It Grow?

    This video discusses the origin of cucumbers, explains why cucumbers sometimes have a bitter taste, and takes you to a commercial farm to demonstrate how they grow cucumbers. (7:52)

    Botany in a Day Tutorial

    In this video Thomas J. Elpel, author of "Botany in a Day," explains how to use the pattern method of identifying plant families. (46:03)

  • Eggplant:

    Eggplant:

    eggplant illustration

    Lessons and Activities

    Louisiana Harvest of the Month: Why Did the Eggplant Turn Brown?

    This lesson focuses on the browning of an eggplant (oxidation) when it is cut or bruised. In a simple controlled experiment, students will test different processes that they believe will inhibit the browning of eggplant slices. The desirability and acceptability of browning on eggplants should also be discussed. Students will brainstorm, discuss, plan, and test different processes that could inhibit eggplant browning. Before this activity, students should understand that a chemical reaction occurs when two or more substances combine to form a new substance.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    6-MS-PS1-1
    7-MS-LS1-2
    6-MS-PS1-1
    7-MS-LS1-2 RI.6.1,7
    W.6.8,9
    SL.6.1,2,3
    RI.7.1,7,8
    W.7.8,9
    SL.7.1,2,3
    RI.8.8,9
    W.8.8,9
    SL.8.1,2,3
    1-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    3-M-1.1, 1.3, 1.4
    6-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    7-M-1.1, 1.2

    Eggplant:

    eggplant illustration

    Videos and Other Resources

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Eggplant Brochure

    Brochure containing eggplant facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Eggplant Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    Harvesting and Saving Eggplant Seeds

    Saving eggplant seeds is very easy, and doesn't require fermenting. A couple of eggplants will produce many more seeds than you need. (7:31)

    I Grow Eggplant

    A farmer from Florida describes growing eggplant. (2:00)

    Oxidation in Apples

    This tutorial explains oxidation and how to stop oxidation on an apple slice down to the molecular level. This video can be shown before the eggplant lesson to explain oxidation and give students ideas for stopping the oxidation of their eggplant slice. (4:12)

  • Leafy Greens:

    Leafy Greens:

    leafy greens illustration

    Lessons and Activities

    Edible Schoolyard: Kale Pesto and Ricotta – A pH Lab in the Kitchen

    Students prepare Kale Pesto and Ricotta Cheese. Then they visit the pH Lab where they use cabbage juice as an indicator to test the pH of common kitchen ingredients and products.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    7-MS-PS1-5
    8-MS-PS1-6
    SL.6.1a-d
    SL.7.1a-c
    SL.8.4

    Oregon Harvest for Schools: Recipe Rendezvous

    Incorporating new foods into students’ palates can be a daunting task. Providing a creative way for students to introduce themselves to vegetables and can create a greater likelihood of acceptance. Students work collectively to create the best tasting salad and dressing. After their salad is created, have groups create a recipe for a salad dressing and record that recipe. Discuss the process with the students -- did they use all ingredients, what factors influenced their decision to use or not use an ingredient, etc.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    SL.6.1a-d
    SL.7.1a-c
    SL.8.4
    VA-AP-M1,M2,M3,M4,M5,M6
    VA-AP-H1,H2,H3,H4,H5,H6
    VA-CE-M3,M5,M6
    VA-CE-H4,H5,H6

    Kinder Art: Natural Paint Dyes

    Students will learn that plants are a source of natural plant dyes and paints. This is a good lesson to show how pioneers or early civilizations may have used plant dyes to color cloth.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    RI.6.1,7
    SL.6.1,2,3
    RI.7.1,7,8
    SL.7.1,2,3
    RI.8.8,9
    SL.8.1,2,3
    6.1.1
    7.1.1
    8.1.1
    VA-CE-M1,2,3

    Growing Minds Farm to School: Spinach Smoothies

    This lesson uses creating a smoothie as a way to become observant of the green, leafy vegetables. The lesson includes step-by-step instructions for making spinach smoothies.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    RI.6.1,7
    SL.6.1,2,3
    RI.7.1,7,8
    SL.7.1,2,3
    RI.8.8,9
    SL.8.1,2,3
    1-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    3-M-1.1, 1.3, 1.4
    6-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    7-M-1.1, 1.2

    The Edible Schoolyard Project: Kale Pesto with Lemonade

    This is an enjoyable culminating lesson that teaches students how to follow a recipe and enjoy kale. Students break up in teams to make kale pesto and lemonade. Links for recipes for both are included at the end of the lesson.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    RI.6.1,7
    SL.6.1,2,3
    RI.7.1,7,8
    SL.7.1,2,3
    RI.8.8,9
    SL.8.1,2,3
    1-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    3-M-1.1, 1.3, 1.4
    6-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    7-M-1.1, 1.2

    Leafy Greens:

    leafy greens illustration

    Videos and Other Resources

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Spinach Brochure

    Brochure containing spinach facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Spinach Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Collard Greens Brochure

    Brochure containing collard green facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Collard Green Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    Spinach Time-Lapse (40 days)

    A time-lapse video that shows how both leaves and roots grow on spinach plants. (2:34)

    How to Cook Collard Greens Quickly

    An easy, quick, and delicious way to prepare collard greens. (6:46)

    Growing Kale and Collard Greens

    A suburban homesteader gives tips on growing collards and kale. (5:49)

    How to Cook Swiss Chard

    This video covers everything you need to know about buying, storing, prepping, and cooking Swiss chard. (5:10)

    Growing Swiss Chard from Seeds, Days 0-31

    A home gardener describes the process of growing Swiss chard from seeds in a container. (13:13)

    True Food TV: Hydroponic Spinach | How Does It Grow?

    Very informative video on spinach and how it is grown hydroponically. (5:40)

  • Lettuce:

    Lettuce:

    lettuce illustration

    Lessons and Activities

    Kids Gardening: Let There Be Light

    Students will learn about how light is important to plants, and how both quality and quantity of light affect plant growth. Students will also design and conduct experiments using grow lights to demonstrate the impact of variations in light on plant growth. From this they will draw conclusions about the best and most efficient source of light for plants.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    6.SP.A.1,2,3 6-MS-LS2-1
    7-MS-LS1-6
    7-MS-LS2-4
    SL.6.1a-d
    SL.7.1a-c
    SL.8.4
    W.6.7,8,9
    W.7.2,7,8,9
    W.8.8,9

    Kids Gardening: Edible Landscaping

    Interested in starting a food garden with your students, but can’t find space for a traditional vegetable garden or fruit orchard? Try edible landscaping! Students will investigate the ornamental properties of lettuce to expand their perceptions of plant material that can be used in landscapes.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    7-MS-LS2-4,5 W.6.2,7,8
    SL.6.1a-d
    SL.7.1a-c
    SL.8.4
    1-M-1.1,1.3
    1-M-2.1,2.2
    7-M-1.2
    VA-AP-M1,M2,M3,M4,M5,M6
    VA-AP-H1,H2,H3,H4,H5,H6
    VA-CE-M3,M5,M6
    VA-CE-H4,H5,H6
    VA-CE-H5

    Kids Gardening: Soil vs Water – Exploring Hydroponics

    This lesson guides students to compare plants grown traditionally in soil with plants grown hydroponically. This is an innovative and engaging way for older students to explore plant needs.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    6-MS-LS1-1,2
    6-MS-LS2-1,3
    7-MS-LS1-6,7
    7-MS-LS2-5
    7-MS-LS2-4
    8-MS-ESS3-3
    8-MS-LS1-4
    SL.6.1a-d
    SL.7.1a-c
    SL.8.4

    Georgia Organics: Lettuce Calculate

    Students will conduct a lettuce taste test and collect data. Then they will calculate percentages, ratios, and scatter plots.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    6.RP.A1
    6.RP.A3a-d
    6.SP.B4
    7.RP.A2
    8.SP.A1
    SL.6.1a-d
    SL.7.1a-c
    SL.8.4

    Kids Gardening: Classroom Hydroponics

    In this lesson students will explore hydroponics and discover how and why plants, like lettuce, are able to grow without soil. Challenge your students to research, design, and create a simple hydroponics system. Instructions for a simple Styrofoam raft system are included. These can serve as a springboard for students’ own ideas.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    6-MS-ESS3-4
    6-MS-LS2-1,3
    7-MS-ESS2-4
    7-MS-ESS3-5
    7-MS-LS1-6,7
    7-MS-LS2-4,5
    8-MS-ESS3-3
    8-MS-LS1-4,5
    RI.6.1,7
    SL.6.1,2,3
    RI.7.1,7,8
    SL.7.1,2,3
    RI.8.8,9
    SL.8.1,2,3
    8.9.1
    8.10.5
    1-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    3-M-1.1, 1.3, 1.4
    6-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    7-M-1.1, 1.2

    National Ag in the Classroom: Desktop Greenhouses

    Do plants need light? Students investigate the importance of light to plants by creating desktop greenhouses and growing lettuce seeds. This lesson has a video, "Desktop Greenhouses," which provides a visual demonstration to accompany the detailed instructions found in the Desktop Greenhouses lesson plan.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    6-MS-ESS3-4
    6-MS-LS2-1,3
    7-MS-ESS2-4
    7-MS-ESS3-5
    7-MS-LS1-6,7
    7-MS-LS2-4,5
    8-MS-ESS3-3
    8-MS-LS1-4,5
    RI.6.1,7
    SL.6.1,2,3
    RI.7.1,7,8
    SL.7.1,2,3
    RI.8.8,9
    SL.8.1,2,3
    8.9.1
    8.10.5
    1-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    3-M-1.1, 1.3, 1.4
    6-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    7-M-1.1, 1.2

    Lettuce:

    lettuce illustration

    Videos and Other Resources

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Lettuce Brochure

    Brochure containing lettuce facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Lettuce Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    NASA Space Station Live: Lettuce Look at Veggie

    Astronauts on the International Space Station are ready to sample their harvest of a crop of "Outredgeous" red romaine lettuce from the Veggie plant growth system that tests hardware for growing vegetables and other plants in space. (4:06)

    National Ag in the Classroom: Desktop Greenhouses

    Do plants need light? Investigate the importance of light to plants by creating desktop greenhouses. This video provides a visual demonstration to accompany the detailed instructions found in the Desktop Greenhouses lesson plan and kit. (3:02)

    Hydroponic Gardening: Grow Organic Plants Fast

    Virtual field trip to an organic hydroponic lettuce farm. Students will see how lettuce is grown hydroponically year-round. (3:06)

    Kids Gardening: Best Crops for Hydroponics – Growing Guide

    This guide discusses the best starter crops for beginning hydroponic gardening.

    Kids Gardening: Gardening Basics – Hydroponics

    This is a simple guide to the two main types of hydroponic systems: passive and active.

    True Food TV: 6 Amazing Heirlooom Lettuces to Plant Now for Fall/Home Gardening: Ep. 8

    Along with introducing her top picks for easy-to-grow, delicious lettuce, kale, and mustard greens, Nicole Jolly of True Food TV explains the history of lettuce. (10:03)

  • Radish:

    Radish:

    radish illustration

    Lessons and Activities

    Food Corps: Rocks to Radishes – Understanding the Food System

    Students will make the connection between their food sources and geology. They will make the connection between the origins of food in nature and understand the important actors and stages involved from seed to fork. Students will develop a concept of what a “food system” is.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    7-MS-LS2-4
    8-MS-ESS2-1,2
    SL.6.1a-d
    SL.7.1a-c
    SL.8.4

    Center for Ecoliteracy: Raising Radishes

    Students will learn about composting as a way to recycle food waste, and then conduct an experiment with radish seeds to see which type of soil is best for radishes: soil only, compost only, or a mixture of soil and compost. Using composting to lessen the human impact on the environment could be discussed.

    Supplemental resource: Comparative Tasting of Fruits and Vegetables — Students taste two or more varieties of a particular kind of fruit or vegetable, develop language to describe its nuances, and learn about its growing requirements and seasonality.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    6-MS-ESS3-4
    6-MS-LS2-1,2,3
    7-MS-LS1-6&7
    7-MS-LS2-4&5
    8-MS-ESS3-3
    8-MS-LS1-4&5
    RI.6.1,7
    SL.6.1,2,3
    RI.7.1,7,8
    SL.7.1,2,3
    RI.8.8,9
    SL.8.1,2,3
    1-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    3-M-1.1, 1.3, 1.4
    6-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    7-M-1.1, 1.2

    Radish:

    radish illustration

    Videos and Other Resources

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Radish Brochure

    Brochure containing radish facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Radish Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    How to Grow Radishes – Complete Growing Guide

    This growing guide will demonstrate how to grow radishes from start to finish. (6:37)

    Radish Time-Lapse (68 days)

    This is a time-lapse video of radishes growing. (2:35)

    Center for Ecoliteracy: Nourishing Students: Posters

    Display these posters in kitchens, cafeterias, classrooms, and during after-school programs as a fun and engaging way to promote fresh fruits, vegetables, and healthy eating. Nourishing Students: Enrichment Activities for Grades K–5 coordinates with these five posters and makes after-school, out-of-school, and summer programs more memorable. Each poster is designed to print 24" by 36." These posters won the 2018 Graphic Design USA award for Health + Wellness. This set of free, downloadable full-color posters features wildlife animals with the following fruit or vegetable: Radish, Strawberry, Grape, Tomato, Orange.

  • Snap Beans:

    Snap Beans:

    snap beans illustration

    Lessons and Activities

    Kids Gardening: Let There Be Light

    Students will learn about how light is important to plants, and how both quality and quantity of light affect plant growth. Students will also design and conduct experiments using grow lights to demonstrate the impact of variations in light on plant growth. From this they will draw conclusions about the best and most efficient source of light for plants.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    6.SP.A.1,2,3 6-MS-LS2-1
    7-MS-LS1-6
    7-MS-LS2-4
    SL.6.1a-d
    SL.7.1a-c
    SL.8.4
    W.6.7,8,9
    W.7.2,7,8,9
    W.8.8,9

    California Harvest of the Month: Green Beans

    This Harvest of the Month newsletter has activities that give students the opportunity to explore, taste, and reasons to eat green (snap) beans. It also includes information on its origins and how it grows. Lessons and activities include a school garden experiment, taste testing activity, and a cafeteria contest.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    6-MS-ESS3-4
    6-MS-LS2-1&3
    7-MS-LS1-6&7
    7-MS-LS2-4&5
    8-MS-ESS3-3
    8-MS-LS1-4&5
    RI.6.1,7
    W.6.8,9
    SL.6.1,2,3
    RI.7.1,7,8
    W.7.8,9
    SL.7.1,2,3
    RI.8.8,9
    W.8.8,9
    SL.8.1,2,3
    6.1.1
    7.1.1
    8.1.1
    1-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    3-M-1.1, 1.3, 1.4
    6-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    7-M-1.1, 1.2

    Florida Harvest of the Month: Snap Beans

    A collection of snap bean facts, recipes, and lessons. Students will calculate the number of snap beans lined end-to-end it would take to circle the state of Florida. Students will complete a lab to determine which variables have the strongest effect on seed germination-light, temperature, moisture and/or medium of germination. This classroom guide also includes a classroom recipe for Fresh Green Beans with Garden Dill Dip.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    6-MS-ESS3-4
    6-MS-LS2-1&3
    7-MS-LS1-6&7
    7-MS-LS2-4&5
    8-MS-ESS3-3
    8-MS-LS1-4&5
    RI.6.1,7
    W.6.8,9
    SL.6.1,2,3
    RI.7.1,7,8
    W.7.8,9
    SL.7.1,2,3
    RI.8.8,9
    W.8.8,9
    SL.8.1,2,3
    6.1.1
    7.1.1
    8.1.1
    1-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    3-M-1.1, 1.3, 1.4
    6-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    7-M-1.1, 1.2

    Snap Beans:

    snap beans illustration

    Videos and Other Resources

    Green Beans – Growing Step by Step [How To Do It]

    A step-by-step video on growing and harvesting green beans. (5:40)

    Green Bean Time-Lapse

    This is a time-lapse video of green beans growing in a hydroponics system. (7:21)

  • Squash:

    Squash:

    yellow squash illustration

    Lessons and Activities

    National Ag in the Classroom: The Geography of Thanksgiving Dinner

    In this lesson students will identify common Thanksgiving foods and their farm sources. Then they will determine if those foods can be produced locally, and locate the common origins of their Thanksgiving dinner.  

    The Geography of Thanksgiving Dinner PDF

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    6-MS-ESS3-4
    6-MS-LS2-1,3
    7-MS-ESS2-4
    7-MS-ESS3-5
    7-MS-LS1-6,7
    7-MS-LS2-4,5
    8-MS-ESS3-3
    8-MS-LS1-4,5
    RI.6.1,7
    SL.6.1,2,3
    RI.7.1,7,8
    SL.7.1,2,3
    RI.8.8,9
    SL.8.1,2,3
    6.1.1
    7.1.1
    8.1.1
    1-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    3-M-1.1, 1.3, 1.4
    6-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    7-M-1.1, 1.2

    California Harvest of the Month: Winter Squash

    This Harvest of the Month newsletter has activities that give students the opportunity to explore, taste, and learn about the importance of eating winter squash. It includes a garden activity to help students learn the plant parts we eat, plus a cafeteria activity to help students taste and learn about different winter squash varieties.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    6-MS-ESS3-4
    6-MS-LS2-1&3
    7-MS-LS1-6&7
    7-MS-LS2-4&5
    8-MS-LS1-4
    RI.6.1,7
    SL.6.1,2,3
    RI.7.1,7,8
    SL.7.1,2,3
    RI.8.8,9
    SL.8.1,2,3
    6.1.1
    7.1.1
    8.1.1
    1-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    3-M-1.1, 1.3, 1.4
    6-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    7-M-1.1, 1.2

    Kids Gardening: Imperfect Flowers

    In this lesson, students will explore plants that have imperfect flowers and learn how this characteristic can help ensure their survival. Students will learn that plants with imperfect flowers have two types of flowers: some contain male structures producing pollen and others contain female structures producing eggs and seeds. They will also learn that cross-pollination supports genetic diversity, and genetic diversity supports the survival of a species.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    6-MS-LS2-1,2,3
    7-MS-LS3-2
    8-MS-LS1-3,4,5
    RI.6.1,7
    SL.6.1,2,3
    RI.7.1,7,8
    SL.7.1,2,3
    RI.8.8,9
    SL.8.1,2,3

    Squash:

    yellow squash illustration

    Videos and Other Resources

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Winter Squash Brochure

    Brochure containing winter squash facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Winter Squash Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Summer Squash Brochure

    Brochure containing summer squash facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Summer Squash Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    True Food TV: Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie – The ORIGINAL Recipe (“Pie in a Pumpkin”)

    For the first American Thanksgiving, the pilgrims made pumpkin pie — only it didn't look anything like the pumpkin pie we eat today. The original, colonial recipe is surprisingly delicious — and gorgeous! And should be called "pie in a pumpkin." (1:17)

    True Food TV: Pumpkin | How Does It Grow?

    You’ve been duped: that “pumpkin” puree in the can isn’t pumpkin at all — at least not the kind you think! This video discusses the history and facts about pumpkins. Be sure to watch the video below on the real pumpkin pie from the first Thanksgiving and try it out! (3:56)

    Pumpkin Growth Time-Lapse

    Time-lapse video showing pumpkin growth from seed to mature fruit – 108 days and nights. (4:26)

    The Rusted Garden: Identifying Male and Female Squash Flowers & How to Hand Pollinate

    There are male and female squash, zucchini, and cucumber flowers. The female flowers have little baby squash on them, but if the flower doesn't get pollinated the squash will grow a bit and die off. Sad. Here is a basic introduction to male and female squash flowers and hand pollination. (2:38)

    How Summer Squash Grow

    Video showing the development of zucchini squash from immature fruit with flower to mature fruit on the plant. (1:26)

    Summer Squash Growing Time-Lapse

    Time-lapse video showing growth of summer squash from germination to flowering to fruit. (0:47)

  • Strawberries:

    Strawberries:

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    Lessons and Activities

    Center for Ecoliteracy: Strawberry No-Crush Challenge

    In this lesson, students will compare fresh and thawed frozen strawberries, and then design a way to transport fresh strawberries without crushing them. You may conduct this lesson anytime you can get fresh, ripe strawberries from your school garden, local market, or farmers market.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    6-MS-PS2-1,2
    6-MS-ESS3-4
    6-MS-LS2-1&3
    7-MS-LS1-6&7
    7-MS-LS2-4&5
    8-MS-ESS3-3
    8-MS-LS1-4&5
    RI.6.1,7
    W.6.8,9
    SL.6.1,2,3
    RI.7.1,7,8
    W.7.8,9
    SL.7.1,2,3
    RI.8.8,9
    W.8.8,9
    SL.8.1,2,3
    1-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    3-M-1.1, 1.3, 1.4
    6-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    7-M-1.1, 1.2

    Strawberries:

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    Videos and Other Resources

    Real Food TV: Strawberry Grilled Cheese Sandwich

    Adding fruit to your grilled cheese will take it to a whole new level. Try out this recipe. (0:58)

    Real Food TV: Why Are Strawberry Seeds on the Outside?

    Most fruits have seeds buried deep inside the fleshy part we eat. So why are strawberries so different? Watch this short video to find out. (0:45)

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Strawberry Brochure

    Brochure containing strawberry facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Strawberry Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    Center for Ecoliteracy: Nourishing Students: Posters

    Display these posters in kitchens, cafeterias, classrooms, and during after-school programs as a fun and engaging way to promote fresh fruits, vegetables, and healthy eating. Nourishing Students: Enrichment Activities for Grades K–5 coordinates with these five posters and makes after-school, out-of-school, and summer programs more memorable. Each poster is designed to print 24" by 36." These posters won the 2018 Graphic Design USA award for Health + Wellness. This set of free, downloadable full-color posters features wildlife animals with the following fruit or vegetable: Radish, Strawberry, Grape, Tomato, Orange.

  • Sweet Peppers:

    Sweet Peppers:

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    Lessons and Activities

    Florida Harvest of the Month: Bell Pepper

    A collection of bell pepper facts, recipes, and lessons. Students will learn the anatomy of a pepper flower and fruit. Create a "Plant Breeding Lab" in your classroom and have students design a new pepper cultivar and create a presentation to promote their new super pepper plant to growers. A Weather STEM activity is also included for students to learn about how precipitation affects crop production. This classroom guide includes a classroom recipe for a Food Art Octopus.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    7-MS-LS3-2
    7-MS-LS4-4
    7-MS-ESS2-5,6
    8-MS-LS1-4,5
    RI.6.1,7
    SL.6.1,2,3
    RI.7.1,7,8
    SL.7.1,2,3
    RI.8.8,9
    SL.8.1,2,3
    1-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    3-M-1.1, 1.3, 1.4
    6-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    7-M-1.1, 1.2

    Sweet Peppers:

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    Videos and Other Resources

    True Food TV: Bell Peppers | How Does It Grow?

    Very informative video on how bell peppers are grown commercially. (6:05)

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Bell Pepper Brochure

    Brochure containing bell pepper facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Bell Pepper Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

  • Tomatoes:

    Tomatoes:

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    Lessons and Activities

    Center for Ecoliteracy: Tomato Salsa Challenge

    In this lesson, students read some surprising facts about tomatoes, conduct a comparison tasting of different locally grown tomato varieties, and invent tomato salsa recipes using an assortment of possible ingredients.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    7-MS-LS3-2
    8-MS-LS1-5
    RI.6.1,7
    W.6.8,9
    SL.6.1,2,3
    RI.7.1,7,8
    W.7.8,9
    SL.7.1,2,3
    RI.8.8,9
    W.8.8,9
    SL.8.1,2,3
    6.1.1
    7.1.1
    8.1.1
    -M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    3-M-1.1, 1.3, 1.4
    6-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    7-M-1.1, 1.2

    Edible Schoolyard NYC: A Tale of Two Pizzas and Pizza Museum

    This includes two lessons on pizza!  

    A Tale of Two Pizzas (December): Students compare the seed-to-table stories of an industrially produced pizza and one grown and made locally, noting the health and environmental impacts of each.  

    Pizza Museum (February): Students explore a pizza museum that has been set-up in their classrooms, learning about the history and geography of pizza.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    6-MS-ESS1-1
    6-MS-ESS3-4
    6-MS-LS2-1&3
    7-MS-ESS2-6
    7-MS-LS1-6&7
    7-MS-LS2-4&5
    8-MS-ESS3-3
    8-MS-LS1-4&5
    RI.6.1,7
    W.6.8,9
    SL.6.1,2,3
    RI.7.1,7,8
    W.7.8,9
    SL.7.1,2,3
    RI.8.8,9
    W.8.8,9
    SL.8.1,2,3
    6.1.1
    7.1.1
    8.1.1
    1-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    3-M-1.1, 1.3, 1.4
    6-M-1.1, 1.2, 1.3
    7-M-1.1, 1.2

    Tomatoes:

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    Videos and Other Resources

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Tomato Brochure

    Brochure containing tomato facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Tomato Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    True Food TV: How to Grow Tomatoes That Taste Amazing!

    Pruning. Trellising. Sucker removal. Pest management...all the things you need to know to grow successful tomato plants. (9:31)

    True Food TV: Heirloom Tomato | How Does It Grow?

    Heirloom tomatoes are SCIENTIFICALLY sweeter than the round red ones that dominate our supermarkets. So why don't we see more heirlooms? Because they are insanely difficult to grow — and sell! Very informative video on how heirloom tomatoes are grown. (11:10)

    True Food TV: Tomato | How Does It Grow?

    Tomato farming is NOT what you think it is! Meet the farmers behind your pasta sauce, who grow and harvest plum-style processing tomatoes — the source of more vitamins than any other fruit or vegetable consumed in the U.S. The history of the tomato is interwoven into a virtual field trip to a commercial tomato farm. (11:02)

    Center for Ecoliteracy: Nourishing Students: Posters

    Display these posters in kitchens, cafeterias, classrooms, and during after-school programs as a fun and engaging way to promote fresh fruits, vegetables, and healthy eating. Nourishing Students: Enrichment Activities for Grades K–5 coordinates with these five posters and makes after-school, out-of-school, and summer programs more memorable. Each poster is designed to print 24" by 36." These posters won the 2018 Graphic Design USA award for Health + Wellness. This set of free, downloadable full-color posters features wildlife animals with the following fruit or vegetable: Radish, Strawberry, Grape, Tomato, Orange.

  • General Information:

    General Information:

    tomato illustration

    Lessons and Activities

    Sixth Grade: Edible Schoolyard NYC

    A full unit of lessons centered around seed-to-table pizza. These documents include seven to thirteen lesson plans per grade — that’s approximately one lesson per month of the school year. Most lessons are written to take place over two consecutive days in 50-minute sessions, with roughly equal time given to academic inquiry and hands-on learning.  

    The Summer Garden (September): Students orient themselves in the garden using a map, noting how the garden has changed since they left it in the spring and learning about what vegetables are in season in late summer.  

    Soil is Where Food Begins (October): Students study how soil is created from a combination of organic and inorganic material and begin the long process of making their own soil—which will be used to grow their pizza ingredients—through a “lasagna bed” (layers of cardboard, compost and straw).  

    A Tale of Two Pizzas (December): Students compare the seed-to-table stories of an industrially produced pizza and one grown and made locally, noting the health and environmental impacts of each.  

    Spring Vegetables and Herbs (January, lesson 1): Students study the foods they can grow and harvest in their garden in the spring. They examine and select some of the seasonably possible herbs for their pizza toppings.  

    Choosing our Spring Vegetables (January, lesson 2): Students continue their study of seasonality, this time focusing on and selecting the spring vegetables that they can grow for their pizza toppings.  

    Pizza Museum (February, lesson 1): Students explore a pizza museum that has been set-up in their classrooms, learning about the history and geography of pizza.  

    Spring Kale Pesto (February, lesson 2): Students learn that pesto is a sauce made from whatever herbs or greens are available, and they make a seasonal version with kale, to be used on their pizzas.

    American Farm Bureau: When I Grow Up: Discovering Ag Careers

    There is a growing demand for recent college graduates entering the workforce in the agricultural sector. The resources in this kit are based on nine agriculture career focus areas:

    1. Agribusiness Systems
    2. Agricultural Education
    3. Animal Systems
    4. Biotechnology Systems
    5. Environmental Service Systems
    6. Food Products & Processing Systems
    7. Natural Resources Systems
    8. Plant Systems
    9. Power, Structural, & Technical Systems
      Each area includes:
    • One lesson that introduces students to the career focus area and associated career opportunities
    • Three standards-based, interdisciplinary supplemental activities that each feature a different career from that area
    • One take-home activity sheet that introduces students to another career from that area through a fun, engaging activity.
      The resources are designed to focus on one career focus area each month during the school year. If you choose to follow this structure, we recommend having a weekly career day. The main lesson is presented the first week of the month, followed by the three supplemental activities. This is a free full-color downloadable curriculum.

    General Information:

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    Videos and Other Resources

    Green Mountain Farm to School: Cooking with Kids

    Welcome to Green Mountain Farm to School’s Cooking with Kids Guide. We believe that cooking with students is a valuable learning opportunity, but we know it may be difficult to know how to start. After years of visiting schools to lead hands-on cooking and nutrition activities with children, we’ve developed a list of best practices and resources to help others bring the excitement of cooking to their classroom. Through planning and preparation, these cooking activities can become a highly-anticipated part of your curriculum. Use our safety tips, suggested recipes, and guidelines to bring cooking and nutrition education to your site.

    National Agricultural Literacy Outcomes

    Spielmaker, D. M., & Leising, J. G. (2013). National agricultural literacy outcomes. Logan, UT: Utah State University, School of Applied Sciences & Technology. Retrieved from agclassroom.org/teacher/matrix. This free downloadable document outlines benchmarks related to agricultural literacy and academic achievement.