Principle 11


You can connect every aspect of learning to the garden!

Curriculum Asset

Sometimes principals will receive pressure from their department to justify their school garden expenses and time spent away from the classroom - curriculum links are a great way to justify this. A garden is so multifaceted that it can be connected to all aspects of school curriculum. Focusing on these linkages, will help the garden to be seen as a valuable curriculum asset. In every aspect of nature, from the internal workings of organisms to whole ecosystems, we find the connections between things are as important as the things themselves.

Five Islands Secondary College

This high school in Port Kembla have an innovative approach to education, where they encorporate the garden into the HSC and study permaculture as a science subject.

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• Measure and graph the growth rates of plants
• Predict when a seed will germinate?
• Compare the sizes of herb seeds?
• Observe and record the air and soil temperatures in your class herb garden?
• Calculate the weight and volume of soil when it is wet and when it is dry.
• Calculate how many plants will fit into a 6 ft. x 6 ft. garden
• Learn about fractions by using herbs for cooking     


• Dead or alive? Compare the difference between living and non‐living things
• What is pH? – How does pH affect the smell and taste of basil, sage, and oregano
• What happens if I water thyme plants with soda or tomato juice?   
• Why do herbs smell? – investigate what parts of herb plants cause them to smell
•  Plant life cycles – plant seeds and learn about reproductive life cycles as they grow
• What role can herbs play in healthy eating?
• Can herbs be used to spice up vegetable dishes?
• Use herbs to learn about how to harvest and preserve food?
• Learn about cooking with herbs
• Learn about the role herbs have played in the development of medicine?

Social Studies

• What role have herbs played in different cultures?
• How are herbs used around the world?
• What role have spices played in ancient civilisations?
• Do herbs have economic uses? – examine the ingredient labels of various household products to determine if herbs are listed in the ingredients
• What role have herbs played in the development of modern day medicine? Write a report or present it.
• Compare and contrast the facts and fiction about various herb plants.
• Write a description of the plants growing in your garden
• Write a letter to your local extension service or botanic garden asking a “plant‐related” question?
• Learn to use the library or internet by researching a certain type of herb or plant

Cultural Arts

• Paint or draw various herbs and plants
• Performa a play that depicts the life cycle of a sunflower or other plants
• Does Basil like Beethoven? – learn how music affects plant behaviour and growth
• Make or decorate clay pots for a school plant sale
• Develop advertising skills by designing marketing materials and plant labels for a school plant sale.
• Write the lyrics for songs that teach about the parts of a plant or the life cycle of a plant.

Citizen Science

Garden activities are a perfect opportunity to get kids involved in citizen science. Help scientists research, and have fun while doing it!

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