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An assortment of teaching kit items: pH testing strips, test tubes and more

EarthEcho Water Quality Testing

Test the dissolved oxygen, pH, turbidity and temperature of a local waterway around your learning space! Then, upload your test results to an international database to compare your results to others’ and contribute to the citizen scientists interested in keeping our waterways healthy.
An assortment of teaching kit items: several trowels, seed packets, a stopwatch and wicker baskets

Garden Economics and Efficiency

Learn the technical details of planting seeds or seedlings, and apply the principle of marginal productivity to planting in the garden! Minnesota Social Studies Standards:9.2.4.7
An assortment of teaching kit items: paper towels, plastic bags, digital scales and graduated cylinders

Sorting Out Potting Soil

After learning about the uses and components of potting media, observe and calculate percentages of potting soil components. Minnesota Math Standards:9.2.4
An assortment of teaching kit items: pvc pipes, foam insulation, cotton balls, calcium nitrate, exacto knives, pens, and more

What? No Soil

After learning the five basic requirements of plant growth, discuss terms related to hydroponics. Then, build and maintain hydroponic units out of soda bottles! Minnesota Science Standards:6.1.2.1
An assortment of teaching kit items: cotton bals, lights, thermometers and pipettes

Germination Research

Discuss factors that affect a seed’s germination time, then perform a mini-experiment involving the steps of the scientific method. Minnesota Science Standards:5.1.1.2, 7.1.1.2 Minnesota Language Arts Standards:6.14.2.2
An assortment of teaching kit items: a binder, small plastic bags

Soil Testing 1, 2, 3

Learn soil science terms using soil samples from several locations while testing nutrient levels. Minnesota Science Standards:7.4.2.2 Minnesota Language Arts Standards:9.5.4.4
An assortment of teaching kit items: forks, knives and plates

Salad Investigation

Learn about edible plant parts and the differences between fruits and vegetables while eating a salad. Minnesota Science Standards:7.4.1.1 Minnesota Health Standards:6.6.1
An assortment of teaching kit items: a cuttting board, tasting spoons and plates

Plant Parts Become Me

Following a role-playing review of the main parts of a plant, students will design their own plants and compare the variety of their creations. Then, students identify and taste fruits and vegetables that come from different plant parts. Minnesota Science Standards:0.4.1.1, 1.4.1.1, 2.4.1.1, 3.4.1.1, 5.4.1.1
An assortment of teaching kit items: books, plastic bags, a jar and a spray bottle

Composting for Better Soil

Learn about composting: its definition, its effects on soil, how to make it and what lives in it! Minnesota Science Standards:3.4.1.1, 5.4.1.1, 5.4.2.1 Minnesota Language Arts Standards:3.6.3.3, 4.6.3.3, 5.6.3.3
An assortment of teaching kit items: packaging of snacks and beverages, plastic bags and paper bags

The Healthy Hop N Shop

Learn about the USDA MyPlate through a pretend grocery store, and explore the importance of each food group. The Healthy Hop N Shop Lesson Plan Minnesota Science Standards:0.4.1.1, 1.4.1.1, 2.4.1.1, 3.4.1.1, 5.4.1.1 Minnesota Health Standards:2.8.1, 3.7.2, 5.7.2
An assortment of teaching kit items: potting soil, tape and compostable cups

Make Room for Raddy

Observe how plants and people respond when crowded and forced to share limited resources. This activity helps students understand that even their precious garden plants must be thinned. Minnesota Science Standards:1.1.1.1, 3.1.1.1, 5.1.1.1, 2.1.1.2, 3.1.1.2, 2.4.2.1 Minnesota Language Arts Standards:3.6.7.7, 4.6.7.7, 5.6.7.7