Community Garden Lesson Plan

Instructor: Grace Pisano

Grace has a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in teaching. She previously taught high school in several states around the country.

This lesson inserts perfectly into a unit on building communities, botany or even nutrition. In this lesson, students will learn about the importance of community gardens and create a flyer to help convince others of the benefits of community gardens.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe what community gardens are.
  • explain the strengths of a community garden.


35-45 minutes


  • Phones/ tablets/ computers for Quiz Party
  • Optional: pre-made flyer about community garden (see ''Instructions'' for ideas)

Curriculum Standards


Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.


Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


  • At the start of class, ask students the following two questions. Allow students to do a quick response by raising their hands: 1. Do you garden? 2. Would you like to be able to grow your own food?
  • Next ask students the question, ''What prevents you from growing your own food.'' Allow several students to respond.
  • Tell students that you will be discussing community gardens today. Tell them that community gardens are shared spaces for members of a community (neighborhood, city, apartment complex, even school!) to grow foods to eat.
  • Hand out copies of the lesson, ''Community Gardens: Definition, Benefits, Rules & Best Practices.'' Read the first section, called ''What are Community Gardens'' to the class. As you read, have students underline or highlight what they think are the most important features of a community garden.
  • Next, break the students into groups of three. One member of the group will be responsible for reading the ''Benefits'' section, another member responsible for the ''Rules'' section and a final member responsible for the ''Best Practices'' section. Ensure that all students know what section they are responsible for.
  • Instruct students to read their assigned section and underline/ highlight the most important parts. After reading, group members will share with their other group members the most important parts of their section.
  • Once groups have finished reading and sharing, put the Quiz Party for the lesson Community Gardens: Definition, Benefits, Rules & Best Practices on the screen. Students will work in their groups to answer the quiz questions.

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