FoodPrints Curriculum

The Winter Garden


Growing Food Through the Seasons

Standards Alignment:

Next Generation Science Standards

Common Core ELA

Grade Level:

1st Grade


Winter / January


The purpose of this lesson is for students to understand seasonality – that different plants grow in different seasons. Students will carefully observe the school garden in winter and build their own seasonality chart based on the plants that are available at different times of year. They will also read seed packets in order to make a planting plan for the school garden. This lesson supports the DCPS 1st grade Science Unit Patterns in the Sky.

Big Idea

Different plants grow in different seasons.

Guiding Questions

How does weather affect life in the garden?

Why is it important to study seasonal patterns in the garden?