Seed to STEM

Seed to STEM connects St. Louis area students to their natural environment and growing food through direct instruction and a garden-based science curriculum. Students who participate in Seed to STEM lessons have a deeper understanding of life sciences, learn to be stewards of the environment, understand the power of growing food, and build stronger communities within their class and school.

Gateway Greening educators teach weekly, hands-on garden lessons at five St. Louis Public Schools, Clay Academy, Columbia Elementary, Gateway Elementary, Shaw Elementary, and Mallinckrodt Academy of Gifted Instruction. Lessons focus on connecting the garden to classroom science topics but are interdisciplinary in nature.

Educators have partnered with district science coordinators to create a Seed to STEM curriculum that ties garden activities to Next Generation Science Standards, district science sequences, and the St. Louis growing season. Each trimester features a simple season-long experiment or progression of activities. At the bottom of this page are additional one-time garden lessons. See the Youth Resources tab for additional curriculum ideas.

** This section is in the process of being updated with downloadable PDF lesson plans- please check back soon!

 

Seed to STEM – Fall Trimester

Grade Level Lesson Topic Next Generation Science Standards
Kindergarten
  • Life Cycles
  • Pumpkin Graveyard
  • K. Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Animals, Plants, and Their Environment
First Grade
  • Pollinators
  • Plant Parts
  • 1. Structure, Function, and Information Processing
Second Grade
  • Ecosystem Relationships
  • Pollinators
  • 2. Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
Third Grade
  • 3. Inheritance and Variation of Traits: Life cycles and Traits
Fourth Grade
  • 4. Structure, Function, and Information Processing
Fifth Grade
  • Ecosystems
  • Photosynthesis
  • 5. Matt and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems

 

Seed to Stem – Winter Trimester

Grade Level Lesson Topic Next Generation Science Standards
Kindergarten
  • Ecosystems
  • Winter Habitats
  • K. Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Animals, Plants, and Their Environment
First Grade
  • Seed Disposal
  • Engineering
  • K-2 Engineering Design
Second Grade
  • States of Matter
  • Cooking
  • 2. Structure and Properties of Matter
Third Grade
  • Simple Machines
  • Engineering
  • 3. Forces and Interactions
  • 3-5. Engineering Design
Fourth Grade
  • Compost
  • Energy Transfer
  • 4. Energy
Fifth Grade
  • Earth’s Systems
  • Watersheds
  • 5. Earth’s Systems

 

Seed to STEM – Spring Trimester

Grade Level Lesson Topic Next Generation Science Standards
Kindergarten
  • Changing Seasons
  • Weather Observations
  • K. Weather and Climate
First Grade
  • Cycles in Space
  • Planting Times
  • 1. Space Systems: Patterns and Cycles
Second Grade
  • Soil Science
  • Compost
  • 2. Earth’s Systems; Processes that Shape the Earth
Third Grade
  • Weather
  • Season Extension
  • 3. Weather and Climate
Fourth Grade
  • Soil Science
  • Weathering and Erosion
  • 4. Earth’s Systems: Processes that Shape the Earth
Fifth Grade
  • Student-Driven Research or Engineering Project
  • Student-Driven Research or Engineering Project
Additional Lesson Plans

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