Every month Hudson Valley Seed sends fun facts home to students. They share useful information about where the vegetable came from and why it is good for you. Each fun fact sheet also includes a fun kid-friendly recipe.
Sample Lesson Plans and Common Core Standards Information
All Hudson Valley Seed lessons are fully integrated into New York State's Common Core Curriculum. We are working on creating a more comprehensive package of the lessons we use with students grades K-5. In the meantime, we encourage other educators to use the few lessons we have posted here. We have also posted a few documents that explain some of the standards we align to during garden time.
Math in the Garden Worksheets
These worksheets integrate vegetables and gardening into math, science and more. Hudson Valley Seed will continue adding more worksheets throughout the school year.
Suggested Garden Book List
This is a list of books Hudson Valley Seed uses to garden with children. We share this list with classroom teachers so they know what to expect. We also encourage teachers to read the books we don't get to on their own! Many school librarians are happy to help procure some of the books on this list. Gardening books are a great way to make literacy connections in the classroom!
Healthy Human Worksheets!
Healthy Human worksheets are great extension activities to be paired with the Vegetable of the Month Fun facts! They provide an interactive way for children to relate the vitamins in fruits and vegetables to specific health benefits for the human body. Hudson Valley Seed will be releasing a new Healthy Human worksheet each month during the 2015-2016 school year.
Garden Coloring Pages
Coloring pages are a great way to engage students in learning about healthy eating and fresh vegetables. They can be used in conjunction with another lesson or on their own.
Garden Bingo Game
This game is a great way to get children thinking about the different parts of a garden. Here are three sample boards that HVS uses in our classrooms. Feel free to make more, or contact us if you would like the full set. You can also cut up one of these boards and rearrange the squares to make new boards. Give each student a board and a few beans to use as square markers. Then read out the clues from the included sheet. For instance, you might read out, "this is a stem vegetable; it crunches when you bite into it.". A student would have to figure out that the clue referred to celery and then put his or her bean on the celery picture. Once a student has four beans in a row either horizontally, vertically or diagonally they call out bingo!
Hudson Valley Seed sends recipe cards home with students during summer months when they visit us at summer meals sites, outreach events, the farmers' market, or open garden time. Try these at home!