Student Lessons in the Pollinator Garden
My first lesson with my new group of Junior Master Gardeners was a scavenger hunt in the pollinator garden. This was their first visit and introduction to their school gardens. The goal was to teach them to be observant gardeners, get them excited about gardening and to start a conversation about what they saw and found. Since this is a volunteer job I have more flexibility in my lesson plans and I use their comments as a guide to what we will focus on in subsequent lessons.
|Look! Two butterflies on one bloom!|
|Black swallowtail caterpillars in various instar stages on parsley|
|chrysalis on goldenrod|
|Buckeye resting on stepping stone|
|Buckeye on Guara (aka whirling butterflies)|
Searching for insects is a favorite activity, especially with the boys. This is a perfect way to lead into a lesson about beneficial and pests in the garden.
|Lady beetle going after aphids|
I meet with two groups of 3rd graders (40 students) on Fridays for a one hour lesson as part of their school day. In addition to gardening I incorporate math, science, art, environmental studies, literature and nutrition into the lessons. Next up is fall planting in the vegetable garden. And there is nothing that excites children more than harvesting food that they grew from seed.