Tuesday, May 25, 2010

School Garden Trivia

Knowledge sprouts in the garden with this trivia activity!

  • Garden stakes
  • Laminated trivia/facts
  • Glue

  • The history and lore of plants provide a great learning opportunity for your young gardeners.  After choosing the types of fruits and vegetables you will plant in your garden, research some fun facts about them.  
  • Type or write the facts on small pieces of paper and laminate them.
  • Read the facts to students or have them each share a fun fact or story.
  • Attach each fact to a garden stake and place it in the garden.   Not only does it help identify what is growing but it offers a little history too.
Check out these great websites for fun facts and stories:

  • Heirloom Seeds Garden Trivia
    • Examples:
      • "Tomatoes were originally thought to be poisonous and did not gain acceptance in the US until 1820, when Colonel Robert Gibbon Johnson ate a basket full of tomatoes on the courthouse steps in Salem, New Jersey on September 26, 1820.  The assembled crowd expected to see the Colonel drop dead.  When he suffered no ill effects, the tomato was on its way to become the most popular vegetable grown by backyard gardeners today!"
      • "The radish was eaten during breakfast, lunch and dinner by early American settlers.  By the late eighteenth century, at least ten varieties of radishes were popular in home gardens.  Thomas Jefferson grew eight different varieties in his own gardens at Monticello."
  • Ag Day
    • Examples:
      • "We are eating 900% more broccoli than we did 20 years ago"
      • "The bright orange color of carrots tells you they're an excellent source of Vitamin A, which is important for good eyesight, especially at night.  Vitamin A helps your body fight infection and keeps your skin and hair healthy!"

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