First Grade NGSS in the Garden Lessons

First Grade Unit Summary
First grade classes will explore the structure and function of the six plant parts.  In the Fall First grade classes will harvest and eat popcorn that they planted when they were in Kindergarten. They will continue to observe and record the popcorn on the data sheets passed on from Kindergarten classes. In the Spring, First grade classes will plant pollinator friendly and edible flowers to observe in the fall season of second grade.

First Grade NGSS in the Garden Lessons

First: LS.1.A. Structure and Function - All organisms have external parts. Different animals use their body parts in different ways to see, hear, grasp objects, protect themselves, move from place to place, and seek, find, and take in food, water, and air. Plants also have different parts (roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits) that help them survive and grow

Lesson 1: Welcome to the Garden - Students make group agreements, learn a welcome song and explore new growth in the garden.


Lesson 2: Plant Structures, Part 1 - Through an interactive skit, students look at plant structures and make explanations for how they think each structure helps the plant survive and grow.


Lesson 3: Plant Structures, Part 2 - Students explore the garden and develop models of plants, including each of the 6 plant structures introduced in the prior lesson.


Lesson 4: Rooting for Roots - Students collect roots from the garden and draw and label them; then they plant a root-view cup in which they can watch roots emerge from seeds and grow over time. - Folder 3- questions


Lesson 5: Stems - Students use various tools (magnifiers, colored water, rulers, etc) to examine stems. - Notes to Aisling to draft


Lesson 6: Leaves - Students go on a leaf scavenger hunt in the garden and/or around the school campus.


Lesson 7: Flowers - Students go on a flower scavenger hunt to explore various flower adaptations that help them attract pollinators.


Lesson 8: Fruits -  Students read “A Fruit is a Suitcase for the Seed,” match various fruits to seeds, and enjoy fresh fruits from the garden.  


Lesson 9: Seeds - Students dissect seeds; and plant their own "Bean Babies" that they can watch germinate over time.


Edible Option - Lesson 10: Anatomy of a Snack - Students help prepare and enjoy a snack that includes each of the 6 Plant Parts.