Activities written by Master Gardener volunteers under the direction and review of Anna Barr and Kristine Lang.
The “Grow Getters” series consists of lessons to engage youth in hands-on activities related to gardening in South Dakota – even without a garden! Through these lessons, youth will learn about key topics of the gardening process while participating in standards-based science, nutrition, and physical activities. Get Growing!
Each lesson includes a book suggestion, vocabulary, and three activities in two versions, 1) PreK-Kindergarten and 2) 1st-3rd grades. All lessons are matched to South Dakota educational standards or early learning guidelines. Lessons are written with classrooms and care centers in mind but can be used in many settings. Check back throughout the summer as more lessons are added!
Introductory gardening lesson where youth will learn what plants need to grow and what fruits and vegetables grow in different seasons in South Dakota.
Lesson for youth to explore the many types of seeds that are eaten or grown and learn how they grow.
Lesson for youth to discover the characteristics of different soil types and how to make compost.
Lesson about the importance of pollinators and the plants they interact with.
Youth will learn the different parts of plants that we eat, and how to use drying and freezing techniques to preserve foods for later use.
The Grow Getters Program originated as a Master Gardener project in 2020 and is now a multi-departmental effort among SDSU Extension staff and volunteers. These lessons contain activities to engage youth (K-2) in educational activities at home. Check out the first version of Grow Getters materials!