SEEDS introduces 4K children to plant growth through song, books, movement and a planting activity. During three classroom lessons, fruit and vegetables are explored using the five senses. Respect for nature is integrated throughout the lessons.
SEEDS is offered in spring.
In-School Field Trip
SEEDS includes an “In-school field trip” with Sprouting Together educators. The children rotate through three stations for hands-on experiences at each.
A. Beneficial Backyard Critters
B. A Fruit is a Suitcse for Seeds
C. Create and Taste a Funny Salad
ROOTS, designed for first grade, incorporates many visuals, songs and hands-on experiences to expose students to seed variety, parts of the plant and plant growth. During three classroom lessons students are introduced to a variety of fruits and vegetables . ROOTS is offered in the fall and includes a field trip. Field Trip
The correlating field trip to BrynTeg vegetable farm near Ashippun includes a fruit/veggie hunt, exploring the "Vertical Village," seeing and hearing the story of The Three Sisters garden and harvesting in the “Edible Village.” The children tour the hillside farm, pick runner beans in tipis, and snake their way through trellises of cucumbers and nasturium. During their two hour experience at the farm, all will enjoy hill rolling and BrynTeg apple cider. Veggies harvested by the children may be taken back to the classroom to be made into a fall soup.
STEMS is offered to 3rd grade classrooms in fall. This program is laid out over the course of a month as four once-a-week classes. An original story and nutrition game are woven into each lesson. Topics include plant part functions, seed diversity, vegetable/fruit identification, germination, pollination, and composting. Emphasis is placed on the parts of the body positively affected by the nutrition within specific vegetables and fruits.
Optional Field Trip
A two-hour harvesting, foraging and just plain outdoor fun field trip to BrynTeg Farm's Edible and Vertical Villages is offered as an optional activity. Students will rotate through three stations and learn how to plant a Three Sisters Garden, see how and learn why to grow crops vertically, and harvest fall crops. Veggies may be taken back to school for healthy snacks or a fall soup.
LEAVES, available in spring for 4th grades, incorporates group work and discussions to pinpoint food growing and personal food choice issues. All four lessons highlight the benefits of specific vegetables using anatomy charts. Topics such as photosynthesis, the pollination process and eating the “rainbow” bring focus to discussions.
This level includes a two-hour field trip to BrynTeg produce farm near Ashippun. The fourth graders will rotate through three interactive stations which includes planting microgreens to raise and eat at home. Students will plant seeds, seed tapes and seedlings in the "Vertical Village" and learn how to create The Three Sisters garden, utilized initially by Native American growers.
Download the documents below to see the curriculum outline and Wisconsin teaching standards that we, as educators, are proud to uphold! The Level B STEMS Grandma Book outline illustrates the fun activities and relatable characters used to teach concepts.
Sprouting Together meets the state's science standards. See below for more information!
Teacher Yancy Byrnes discusses how Sprouting Together meets the Science standards and needs of his classroom.