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Each week, Education World's Great Sites for Teaching About page highlights Web sites to help educators work timely themes into their lessons. This week's sites are among the best on the Web for teaching about gardens.



  1. Butterfly Gardening
    Planting a butterfly garden is a rewarding activity that can be used to meet several different curriculum objectives: mapping, charting, sorting, categorizing, measuring, learning about seasons, and researching plants and insects. Learn such important tricks of the trade as using milkweed to attract monarch butterflies and the paw paw to entice the zebra swallowtail!
  2. KinderGARDEN
    Have you always wanted to build a school garden but didn't know where to begin or how to see it through? KinderGARDEN offers highly structured, step-by-step directions on how to create a successful school garden. The site includes important tips, curriculum connections, and a discussion of the physical and emotional benefits of school gardens. In addition, the site provides some great ideas for fun activities to do with plants, as well as basic tips for gardeners working with kids.
  3. The Official Seed Starting Home Page
    Did you know that the flavor of brussels sprouts improves after a light frost? You'll discover that and much more excellent information about flowers, vegetables, and herbs at this page from the Weekend Gardener. This is a great site for teachers eager to garden with classes of budding botanists or for older students interested in information about sorting and classifying plants.
  4. Seeds of Life
    This wonderful tutorial on the nature of seeds blends science and the arts to bring the mystery of plants to life. Did you know that corn is actually considered a dry fruit known as a caryopsis or that the apricot is a drupe, a fleshy fruit containing only one seed? Click on Mystery Seeds and Seeds and Humankind for fun extensions of this fascinating seed study.
  5. I Can Garden
    This extensive list of links leads to an eclectic mix of sites that provide a variety of ideas for gardening with children and more. The site includes stories, poems, and activities on gardening from students who love it! The extension activities found here are also awesome, including one that tells how students can make deep blue Easter eggs by boiling brown eggs soaked overnight in red cabbage dye.
  6. Floridata
    Did you know that copperleaf, native to the Fiji Islands, has also taken hold in a few small locations in the tropical United States? If you didn't know that, then you haven't visited Floridata -- and you don't know what you're missing! Touted as an online encyclopedia of gardening and nature, this site is a treasure trove of information on gardening in the tropical climate of Tallahassee, Florida. The site includes descriptions, photographs, and information about the location, culture, usage, and features of more than 300 plants
  7. Ultimate Beginners Guide To Gardening With Kids
    Gardening is an excellent activity for anyone. Adults find peace, relaxation, and food, but children take significantly more from the work than adults do.

Article by Walter McKenzie
Education World®