We are fortunate at our school to have a fairly large garden and a gardening teacher.  My kids get structured gardening time about once a month.  They are always welcome to "work" in the garden during their recess.  Some of my students love to pull volunteers (weeds) and be on pest control (catch bugs).  Our gardening teacher has taught them how to do all of this correctly.  She has also taught them which plants they can pick and eat during recess time.  It is so funny watching some of my students come in from recess, chomping on kale!

Since spring is near, I love to spend time talking about gardening and ways to help the Earth.  I love Earth Day.  I'll talk more about that next week.  One of my favorite gardening books is City Green.

This is a great book to teach about community responsibility.  I made up some gardening math tub activities to use over the next month to go along with spring.  With my math centers, I try to use familiar activities along with one or two new activities.  My students work on these independently, so it is nice for them to have some familiar tubs while practicing skills.  Here is what is in my In the Garden pack:

Place value, number, and expanded notation match.  On the recording sheet, they will have to write out the expanded notation form.  This will be a challenge for some.

Number Order

I plant to "plant" the tally cards around the room.  The students with find them, count the tally marks and record their answer.

Roll and Cover-my kids love this game.  They make it a bump game to change it up.  This game is a great way to practice 10 more and 10 less.

Find, Tally and Graph- gardening edition

Fact Family practice

Seed packet measuring- my kids are loving the measuring activities.  All of these activities came from my In the Garden math packets.

Do you have a school garden?  How do you incorporate gardening into your curriculum?  Do you have any favorite gardening books? Share below.

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  1. Renee, Thanks for stopping by my blog and visiting. We have a garden of raised beds at our school that was developed out of a grant. This year we had the chance to adopt one of those beds to grow whatever we wanted. I have teamed up with another first grade teacher and we are super excited to start this process with our students. Thanks for sharing about your garden! I love your packet and I am going to head over to TpT to check it out! I'm a new follower!

    An Apple a Day in First Grade


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