Daily Club Guide for Kids Gardening Clubs! – Unit 1: Complete

Welcome to the Kids Gardening Club Guide for Unit 1!

Blink_037d8619-d747-45e6-b55b-4a6f52e11052_8Thank you for your interest in starting a Kids Gardening Club! Your dedication to helping children access gardens, art and information about food democracy is essential in the work to support People, Planet and Peace over Profit.

We hope these Activities & Materials aimed at children from toddlers to age 12 will help assist you in setting up your Club. These projects and materials are only meant to be a starting point, and can be expanded by the facilitator as needed.

Each Kids Gardening Club Daily Guide below is part of a unit designed to engage gardeners on a weekly basis, although scheduling the frequency of each club is up to the site and facilitators. “Unit 1” is made up of 5 introductory projects comprised of a gardening activity, an art activity and a food democracy lesson & discussion for each day the club meets.

Please read the GCC Kids Global Gardening Club Welcome and visit the Kids Global Gardens! Page for more information about the project.

 

 



Kids Global Gardening Clubs: Daily Club Guide – Unit 1

Overview

SEED SUPER SLEUTHS

*Garden Project: Will the seeds sprout?
*Art Project: Investigate & Report – What do the seeds look like?
*Food Democracy: What are genetically modified seeds?
*Materials: a variety of seeds / paper towel / plastic sandwich bags / magnifying glasses / paper / pencils / markers, colored pencils, crayons

 

SUPER HERO GARDEN

photo(3)*Garden Project: What is a garden?
*Art Project: Design a garden for your favorite super-hero!
*Food Democracy: What is food sovereignty?
*Materials: graph paper or blank paper / pencils, colored pencils, crayons / seed and plant catalogs, gardening books, old garden magazines, etc.

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO WATER CONSERVATION

*Garden Project: What is the Water Cycle? / What is Water Conservation?
*Art Project: Cotton Ball Clouds
*Food Democracy: How do pesticides harm the water?
*Materials: cotton balls / shallow pans or bowls / cold water / card-stock or cardboard for art project / glue / markers, pencils, crayons

 

 

 

GARDEN ART BOX

*Garden Project: Explore and appreciate the garden / General maintenance of garden space
*Art Project: Create a Garden Art Box
*Food Democracy: What is organically grown food?
*Materials: empty shoe boxes (or small paper bags) / clear contact paper (or clear tape) / small plastic containers (i.e. butter tubs, yogurt cups with lids, etc. / basic art supplies for each box (pencil, small notebook, crayons, markers, etc. depending on availability) / glue / plant catalogs or paper for drawing / safety scissors (for younger kids, cut out images beforehand) / large plastic storage bin with lid for storing art boxes in the garden (optional)

FLOWER POWER

*Garden Project: Life cycle of a flower / Flower dissection
*Art Project: Parts of a Flower / Flower Art
*Food Democracy: The Importance of Seed Saving
*Materials: paper / flowers from the garden / markers, pencils, crayons / recycling materials for crafts / glue
After completing this set of activities (with one project executed each week or bi-weekly depending on when the club meets), GCC Global Garden Club members have learned enough about gardening to be responsible for their own container to garden in. It could be fun to create a party or graduation ceremony to reward gardeners and review everything they have done and learned through the last several weeks. “Unit 2” will keep container gardeners in mind by teaching techniques and providing tools and materials for each gardener to grow and tend to a planter each week.


 

*FULL PROJECT GUIDE:


 

SEED SUPER SLEUTHS

*Materials: a variety of seeds / paper towel / plastic sandwich bags / magnifying glasses / paper / pencils / markers, colored pencils, crayons

*Garden Project: Will the seeds sprout?
Set seeds in a wet paper towel & a plastic sandwich bag to be placed in the sun – by next week, what do you think will happen to the seeds?

*Art Project: Investigate & Report – What do the seeds look like?
Analyze seeds under a magnifying glass / compare and contrast different kinds of seeds / draw the seeds greatly magnified noting the shapes and designs

*Food Democracy: What are genetically modified organisms & seeds?
(information below originally published at The Non-GMO Project website)

What are Genetically Modified Organisms?
“GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.
Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit.
Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.

Are GMOs safe?
Most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe. In more than 60 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs. In the U.S., the government has approved GMOs based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created them and profit from their sale. Increasingly, Americans are taking matters into their own hands and choosing to opt out of the GMO experiment.

How common are GMOs?
In the U.S., GMOs are in as much as 80% of conventional processed food.”
(Seed Super Sleuths: page 1/2)

A list of products verified as non-GMO by the Non-GMO Project can be found HERE.

*Add on Activities for SEED SUPER SLEUTHS
– Seed collages
– Seed report / journal writing / story writing using imagination
Seeing Seeds Coloring Worksheet (fruits cut in half showing examples of seeds inside)
“I planted seeds” Printing & Coloring Worksheet
“I planted seeds” Cursive & Coloring Worksheet
“What kind of seeds are you planting?” Worksheet (design seed packet & draw plant)
Seed Sprouting Diagram Worksheet
Seed Story Worksheet (write a story to go with the pictures)

Activity Adapted from:
KidsGardening.org – Private Eye Seed Sleuths

Food Democracy research:

 



SUPER HERO GARDEN

*Materials: graph paper or blank paper / pencils, colored pencils, crayons / seed and plant catalogs, gardening books, old garden magazines, etc.

*Garden Project: What is a garden?
created by people / imitate a natural setting
plants / ponds / stepping stones / birdbaths and feeders / trellises and arbors / sculptures / statues
gardens can be any size / container garden in one pot or hundreds of acres
garden design = who will use the garden & how they will use the garden
Super-hero powers mean protection! How can you help protect the plants in your garden?
weed pulling for kids who want to get their hands dirty / planting of seed sprouts

*Art Project: Design a garden for your favorite super-hero!
Name super-hero or book character and list things they might want in garden = a client analysis
look through magazines and books for ideas
draw from a front view or aerial view / encourage in addition to plants pathways, water features, seating, compost bins, sheds, fences, etc.

*Food Democracy: What is food sovereignty?
Food sovereignty is a concept that supports people having a right to make decisions about their food and how to grow it. Food democracy goes beyond making sure everyone has the right to have enough food to survive – food sovereignty also deals with the powerful relationship between people and the land as well as between farmers and companies who provide food and those who consume it.

Add on Activities for SUPER HERO GARDEN:
Vegetable Word Search
Missing Vegetable Vowels Worksheet
Mixed Up Fruit Worksheet
My Animal Book (8 page coloring and workbook)
Animal Families Worksheet
Healthy Snacks Worksheet
Health Foods Worksheet

Activity Adapted from:
KidsGardening.org – Hero Garden

Food Democracy Research:

for mature gardeners who would like to learn more about the global food sovereignty movement: International Peasant’s Movement



INTRODUCTION TO WATER CONSERVATION

*Materials: cotton balls / shallow pans or bowls / cold water / cardstock or cardboard for art project / glue / markers, pencils, crayons

*Garden Project: What is the Water Cycle? / What is Water Conservation?
(information below originally published at: USGS.gov)

“Earth’s water is always in movement, and the natural water cycle, also known as the hydrologic cycle, describes the continuous movement of water on, above, and below the surface of the Earth. Water is always changing states between liquid, vapor, and ice, with these processes happening in the blink of an eye and over millions of years.”

What is Water Conservation?
Water conservation is anything done to help decrease water use and water waste. There is only a certain amount of water on earth – an even smaller amount makes up our freshwater. Did you know that only 3% of the water on earth is freshwater? Because of the limited supply of freshwater and clean water that can be used to drink and grow our food, we must be careful about the way we use water. Other than water waste, pollutants decrease the quality of the water and make it poisonous to drink which makes less water available for everyone to use. It is very important to use techniques when planning a garden or doing any type of landscaping to help conserve water.

Let’s brainstorm 3 ways we can help conserve water in the garden:
mulch / collect rainwater / do not water when it is windy / water early in the morning to avoid evaporation from the hot afternoon sun

*Art Project: Cotton Ball Clouds
Part One – Making Clouds!
1) Give each gardener a dry cotton ball. Tell them to pretend the cotton ball is actually a cloud. Ask them how it feels (is it warm or cold? light or heavy? Soft or hard?)
2) Ask each gardener to hold their cloud lightly over the cold water (representing water vapor) and place the cloud gently into the pan. Explain that the water that is now in the cloud is the water vapor that has evaporated from the earth into the sky through the water cycle. Point out that the water is cold because it is much colder high in the sky. Ask each gardener if they can see their “cloud” filling up with water from the cold water vapor.
3) Ask the gardeners to pick up the cloud from the pan & ask them to share their observations about the clouds (are they light or heavy? are the clouds warm or cold?) Ask them to observe what is happening with the water now – why is it dripping out of the cloud? When the water that has been evaporated becomes too heavy, it spills out of the cloud in the form of rain. Where does the water go? The water returns back to the pan and the pan can represent any body of water like a river, lake, pond or stream.
Part Two – Making Cloud Art
Ask gardeners to glue cotton ball clouds onto a page and show what they have learned about the water cycle using pencils, crayons and markers to help.

*Food Democracy: How do pesticides harm the water?
Pesticides are chemicals used to kill or control pests. Pesticides being used on soil often affect the water supply due to the chemicals seeping into the groundwater. Groundwater is used for more than 50% of the U.S. water needs, and is used for 95% of all water needs in agricultural areas.
Common pesticides include insecticides (insects), fungicides (fungi), herbicides (weeds) and others. The effects of pesticides on organisms at the ecological level give us an idea of how these pesticides could affect humans over time. Some of the effects pesticides have been found to have on organisms include cancer, cellular and DNA damage, poor health, reproductive failure, immune system suppression and even death.

Add on Activities for INTRODUCTION TO WATER CONSERVATION:
Water Cycle Computer Animation – animated water cycle
Water Cycle Diagram
Water Cycle Vocabulary Word Search
Pollution Crossword Puzzle
Water Crossword Puzzle

Activity Adapted from:
KidsGardening.orgWater Cycle Cloud Craft

Additional Water Cycle Research:
Water Cycle – Fresh Storage (USGS.gov)

Food Democracy Research:



GARDEN ART BOX

*Materials: empty shoe boxes / clear contact paper (or clear tape) / small plastic containers (i.e. butter tubs, yogurt cups with lids, etc. / basic art supplies for each box (pencil, small notebook, crayons, markers, etc. depending on availability) / glue / plant catalogs or paper for drawing / safety scissors (for younger kids, cut out images beforehand) / large plastic storage bin with lid for storing art boxes in the garden (optional)

*Garden Project:
Transplanting & tending to seed sprouts / Explore and appreciate the garden / General maintenance of garden space /

*Art Project: Create a garden box
1) Create a garden art box by attaching images onto the boxes and securing the outside with a clear coating for a little protection. Kids can cut out images from gardening magazines or seed catalogs or they can draw new pictures to use for their boxes.
2) Fill the boxes with enough supplies to record observations in a small notebook. The notebook can be made from one sided paper or mismatched paper that is recycled to show one way to re-purpose materials – simply cut the paper in half and staple. Put a small plastic container in the box that can be used to collect dry leaves, stones or other specimens to draw or use to collect items to make a collage for a future project.
3) Ask each gardener to take their box and find a quiet place with an interesting plant to draw. Remind them that being still and quiet allows them to observe creatures and gather information about the plants they might not notice when they are busy moving around. Using the box top as a small desk, each gardener can use their notebook and art supplies to record what they observe in the garden.

*Food Democracy: What is organically grown food?
Organically grown food is food that has been grown without using chemical pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. Organically grown food can use natural pesticides (like nematodes and chili pepper powder) to deter pests and natural fertilizers (like worm castings, compost from food scraps and chicken poop) to help grow healthy plants. Many grocery stores sell organic produce to consumers, but it costs more than produce grown with synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.
Organic food ensures people have less exposure to toxic pesticides.

Add on Activities for GARDEN ART BOX:
Insect Coloring Pages
Garden with Grasshopper Coloring Page
Tulip Garden Coloring Page
Dragonfly Color by Number & Printing Worksheet
Insects Word Search
Monarch Butterfly Labeling Activity

Activity Adapted from:
KidsGardening.org – Make a Garden Art Box

Food Democracy Research:



FLOWER POWER

*Materials: paper / flowers from the garden / markers, pencils, crayons / recycling materials for crafts / glue

*Garden Project: Life cycle of a flower / Flower dissection
1) Study the life cycle of a plant / flower. Find examples of each stage happening in the garden.

2) Collect flowers for each gardener to take apart and analyze. Explain each part of the flower and what it does. Talk about why different flowers are shaped, colored and flavored in different ways (pollination, seed spreading, etc.)

*Art Project: Parts of a Flower / Flower Art

1) Invite each gardener to create a sketch of the flower they dissected. Encourage older gardeners label the parts of each flower drawn.
2) After gardeners have explored the parts of a flower through art, encourage them to express what they learned about the life cycle of a plant through art as well.
3) Provide a box of arts & crafts materials (recycled plastic, cardboard, foam, paper, foil, cloth, etc.) for gardeners to create their own flowers. There are no rules, but encourage them to keep the parts of flowers they just learned in mind while creating their art.

*Food Democracy: Seed Sovereignty – The Importance of Seed Saving
When gardeners and farmers save seeds from their crops, they can create a food source for their local community that is not directly tied to money or a corporation. Right now, a powerful corporation (Monsanto) is taking farmers to court and asking them to pay the corporation money when they save their seeds after pollen from seeds sold by their company blow into the farmer’s crops with the wind. This corporation also sues farmers who buy the company’s seeds, plant them and then save the seeds produced from the plants.

Garden Project Research:
Life Cycle of a Flower
Parts of a Flower

Activity Adapted from:
the mind of Zakai, age 8 (GCC LA & Kids Global Gardening Club Organizer)

Add on Activities for FLOWER POWER:
Parts of a Flower
Flower Garden Coloring Page
Sunflowers Acrostic Poem Worksheet
Flower Connect the Dots (1 – 52)
“How many petals?” coloring and printing worksheet
Math Mystery Multiplication

Food Democracy Research:



UNIT 1 – Additional Worksheets:

Plant & Animal ABC Coloring Packet
Secret Message Worksheet (Solar Energy)
The Sun Helps Things Grow Worksheet

GCC Kids Global Garden Clubs Daily Club Guide images:
thank you to ~
-GCC Fort Wayne
-GCC Los Angeles
-morgueFile.com ~ free photo archive by creatives for creatives

*Please email Timeka at [email protected] with questions or comments about the GCC Kids Global Garden Clubs project.

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