Seed to STEM

Seed to STEM is an outdoor school garden-based program that aims to connect PK-5 students to their natural environment and growing food, so they have a deeper understanding of life sciences, learn to be better stewards of the natural environment, understand the power of growing your own food, and practice building community in their class by working together in the garden.

Gateway Greening Youth Educators have partnered with classroom teachers to develop lesson plans that build on what children are learning in the classroom so that the school garden becomes a living laboratory and outdoor learning space. These lessons focus on science but are interdisciplinary in nature.

 

Discover what a Seed to STEM lesson looks like by stopping by the Gateway Greening blog! Start off with our April 2017 article “Seed to STEM,” then explore other stories from life learning in St. Louis school gardens! 

 

** 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
  • K. Weather And Climate
First Grade
  • Monarch Migration
  • Pollinators in the Garden
  • Plant Parts
  • 1. Structure, Function, and Information Processing
Second Grade
  • 2. Earth’s Systems: Processes that Shape the Earth
  • 2. Independent Relationships in Ecosystems
Third Grade
  • 3. Inheritance and Variation of Traits: Life cycles and Traits
  • 3. Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Environmental Impacts on Organisms
Fourth Grade
  • 4. Structure, Function, and Information Processing
Fifth Grade
  • 5. Space Systems: Starts and the Solar System
  • 5. Earth’s Systems

 

 

Seed to Stem – Winter Trimester

Grade Level Lesson Topic Next Generation Science Standards
Kindergarten
  • Thinking like a Scientist- Asking Questions and Making Observations
  • Missouri in the Winter
  • Bird Habitat
  • Decomposition
  • K. Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Animals, Plants, and Their Environment
First Grade
  • Sounds in the Garden
  • Light and Dark
  • Introduction to Photosynthesis
  • 1. Waves: Light and Sound
Second Grade
  • Missouri Habitats
  • Changing States of Matter
  • Worm Composting
  • 2. Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
  • 2. Structure and Properties of Matter
Third Grade
  • How Things Move
  • Simple Machines
  • Engineering Cold Weather Solutions
  • 3. Forces and Interactions
  • 3. Engineering Design
Fourth Grade
  • Ecosystem Energy Flow
  • Engineering Cold Weather Solutions
  • Compost and Decomposition
  • Scientific Writing
  • 4. Energy
Fifth Grade
  • Water Cycle and Changing States of Matter
  • Missouri Watershed
  • Scientific Communications
  • 5. Earth’s Systems

 

Seed to STEM – Spring Trimester

Grade Level Lesson Topic Next Generation Science Standards
Kindergarten
  • Plant and Animal Needs
  • Human Impacts on the Land
  • Measuring in the Garden
  • K. Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Animals, Plants, and Their Environment
First Grade
  • Changing Seasons
  • Spring Equinox
  • Making Scientific Observations
  • Patterns in Nature
  • 1. Space Systems: Patterns and Cycles
Second Grade
  • Plant Life Cycles
  • Ecosystem Connections
  • Pollinators and Plants
  • 2. Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
Third Grade
  • Changing Seasons
  • Making and Using Weather Tools
  • Climate vs. Weather
  • 3. Weather and Climate
  • 3. Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
Fourth Grade
  • Soil Formation and Composition
  • Weathering and Erosion
  • Mapping and Measuring the Garden
  • 4. Earth’s Systems: Processes that Shape the Earth
Fifth Grade
  • Energy in an Ecosystems
  • Pollination and Bees
  • Independent Problem-Based Learning
  • 5. Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems
  • 5. Structure and Properties of Matter