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Science In Your Garden
Category: Science
Tags: science for kids garden earth science life science

If youíre looking for some hands-on activities to study earth and life science, head out to a garden. Itís a living lab that affords all kinds of opportunities to observe science concepts in the natural world, such as:

  • interdependence in an environment

  • life cycles and changes

  • adaptations and biodiversity

  • human impact on the environment.

While in the field, kids get a chance to be the scientists by asking questions, making observations, and coming up with explanations for what they see based on evidence. They can define problems they may encounter in a garden (eg. a plant-damaging pest), and gather additional information to brainstorm solutions.

For an idea of the kinds of investigations that can be done in a garden, visit Nature Works Everywhere, which provides a variety of video lessons and activity guides for topics such as:

The site also has several How-To Garden Videos.

Here are some free garden exploration units for grades 1 - 4. Each unit - Pondering Plants, Soil Stories, Garden Pollinators, and Garden Habitats - includes six lessons.

Additional free resources:

Here are some more ideas from KidsGardening.

Free Reader:

For Middle and High School Grades

From the Ground Up, The Science of Soil†has free lesson plans†and labs on a variety of soil topics including composition and nutrients; there are also free family activities for testing your soil, careers in soil science, and a garden guide.

Learn about diversity by tallying how many different species live in your neighborhood.†

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