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Resources for Using the Gardens and the Nature Trail as Teaching Tools

 Summary of Lesson Plan Guides   

About our lesson guides

Our lesson guides are much more than a collection of lesson plans.  Each lesson is a complete guide for the garden coordinator who is leading the students in the garden or on the nature trail.  In addition to the actual lesson, each guide includes background information to inform the leader and enhance the lesson, a supply/preparation list, associated worksheets and when appropriate a flyer to send home to parents.


Our teachers place high value on teaching time; so do we.  Time spent in Granny's Garden School using our lesson guides is directly connected to curriculum standards in Ohio, and our seasonal schedules (Spring and Fall) are calendars that take into account the needs of our zone 6

Credit goes to Jody Maher for the development of the lesson guides and calendar.  She has a passion for learning that shows in everything she does.  The lesson guides continue to evolve, and Jody appreciates feedback from teachers and volunteers who use them.  She is always looking for new ways to enhance the learning opportunity of each outdoor experience.  Jody joined the program as a parent volunteer in 2002.  She is now our Education Director.

gardens and the timing of classroom curriculum, and pair activities and lesson guides that are relevant to each of the K-4th grades we work with.    We are the land lab to the classroom across curriculum subjects.  Our lesson guides, schedule and garden coordinators are the reason 100% of our 52 teachers choose to participate in the program each year.


When we started the program, we did not want to introduce another curriculum for teachers to have to deal with.  So, we began with what they were already teaching and found practical ways to connect it to the gardens.  We now have a school calendar's worth of plant based lessons that not only meet state standards, work with the school's curriculum and the curriculum map, but matches it all with the needs of our zone six gardens.  In addition, we have detailed first-fourth grade lesson guides for each week.  We make our planting schedule, lesson guides and support information and worksheets available, free, to school garden programs across the country.  

We recognize that educators from across the country are using our lesson guides.  So, all of our guides are in Microsoft Word document format so they can be easily altered to meet the specific resources and needs of others who may use them.  We do have a copyright on everything on our website.  They are free for educators to use in their programs.  We ask only that your recognize Granny's Garden School as the source. 


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"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant." Robert Louis Stevenson

Continued appreciation to our original website sponsor Ellie Kowalchik of Comey and Shepherd.