Vermont School Garden

A visit to a Vermont public school garden through the seasons.

Garden Designing and Pizza: Celebrating Last Year and Planning for the Future

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checking into catalogs

checking into catalogs

Second graders had a lesson in designing, writing and cooking early this month! Together, they  brainstormed a dream list of what they wanted to include in this year’s garden. Then they got to work  creating garden  designs.  Some of them were very impressive. We used group discussion and seed catalogs to inspire their creations. Students were challenged to write purposefully about their drawings using a ‘hook’ to encourage their audience to read through their pieces. They also had to check in on their use of details and punctuation. All in all, this kept them  dreaming and focused  while small groups went to the kitchen to create pizzas for the class. You could hear the quiet buzz as they worked and shared their garden plans with each other. See examples of their writing below. it’s also on display in the hallway at school. (Click on any image to enlarge.)

Ann BT class garden dreaming writinggarden designgarden writingHow would you like to see my garden?Have you ever made a dream garden?


















Meanwhile, in the kitchen, we remembered last years’ tomatoes, garlic and basil……

rolling doughpizzza sauce spreadingdisplaying pizza ingredients













Click here for Recipes:  Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe  PIZZA TOPPINGS


Author: vermontschoolgarden

I have been an elementary teacher at the Westminster Center School for 30 years. For most of those years, I maintained a garden as part of my teaching curriculum resource. Now I am the Garden Coordinator for all of the Westminster Center School classrooms.

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