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Seeds, Soil & Surprises | Japanese Garden | Adaptations in a Changing World | Poetry in the Chinese Garden | Additional Vocabulary and Lesson Plans

 

The Huntington offers the following garden programs with accompanying lesson plans for teachers.

 

SEEDS, SOIL AND SURPRISES

Grades K through 2

 

Students discover the joys of sensory learning while visiting stations on roots, leaves, and seeds. Classes visit both the Teaching Greenhouse and the Conservatory for Botanical Science and plant their own seeds to take back to the classroom. Additional resources available on Seeds, Soil, and Surprises.

 

Addresses California Science Standards for:
Physical Sciences: 1a
Life Sciences: 2a, 2b, 2c, 2e
Investigation and Experimentation: 3a, 3b, 3d, 3e

 

Wednesdays and 1st & 3rd Fridays
Program begins at 10 a.m.
Duration: 90 minutes
Maximum of 50 students

 

DATES  

 

Registration for this program is closed.

 

Oct. 2, 2015 through Dec. 9, 2015
Jan. 6, 2016 through May 25, 2016

 

VOCABULARY & LESSON PLANS  

 

Vocabulary

Lesson Plan 1 - Parts of a Plant

Lesson Plan 2 - What Plants Need

Lesson Plan 3 - How People Use Plants

 


JAPANESE GARDEN

Grades 4 through 12

 

This program introduces students to traditional Japanese gardens as an art form and contrasts them with traditional European-style gardens. Students will visit a 19th-century Japanese house and examine garden sculpture, a Zen garden, and plants native to Japan.

 

Addresses California Visual and Performing Arts Standards:
1.0 Artistic Perception
3.0 Historical and Cultural Context
4.0 Aesthetic Valuing

 

Wednesdays and 2nd & 4th Thursdays
Program begins at 10 a.m.
Duration: 90 minutes
Maximum of 40 students

 

DATES

 

Registration will begin Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015.

 

Oct. 7, 2015 through Dec. 2, 2015
Jan. 6, 2016 through May 26, 2016

 

VOCABULARY & LESSON PLANS  

 

Vocabulary

Lesson Plan - Japanese Stone Lanterns:  Culture and Decoration in the Japanese Garden

Lesson Plan - Gyotaku:  Japanese Fish Painting

Lesson Plan - Haiku:  Writing and observation in the Japanese Garden

Lesson Plan - Seasonal Scroll Painting:  Art and observation in the Japanese Garden

Lesson Plan - Exploring the Elements of a Japanese Garden through the Book Arts

Lesson Plan - Zen Gardens:  Design elements and symbolism in The Huntington Japanese Garden

 


ADAPTATIONS IN A CHANGING WORLD

Grades 3 through 6

 

Students explore adaptations that allow plants to thrive in desert-like environments. Through observation in the Desert Garden, students will learn how plants’ color, shape, and surface texture can be adaptive and to predict how plant forms help them function in a changing environment.

 

Addresses California Science Content Standards Grades 3-8
Life Sciences: 3a, 3b, 3d, 3e, 5e
Investigation and Experimentation: 5a, 5b, 5d, 5e, 6a, 6e, 7c, 7d

 

Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
Program begins at 10 a.m.
Duration: 90 minutes
Maximum of 70 students

 

DATES

 

Registration will begin Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015.

 

Oct. 2, 2015 through Dec. 10, 2015
Jan. 6, 2016 through May 27, 2016



POETRY IN THE CHINESE GARDEN

Grades 4 through 12

 

Using poetry as an entry point to the culture of Chinese gardens, students immerse themselves in the garden experience. They compare Chinese and Western landscape styles, learn about the role of literature in the garden, and create and share their own two-line poems inspired by what they see.

 

Addresses California Visual and Performing Arts Standards:
1.0 Artistic Perception
2.0 Creative Expression
3.0 Historical and Cultural Context
4.0 Aesthetic Valuing
Addresses Common Core State Standards
Language: 1a-e, 5b, 5c
World History and Geography: 6.6.3; 7.3.6

 

Thursdays only
Program begins at 10 a.m.
Duration: 90 minutes
Maximum of 60 students

 

DATES

 

Registration for this program is closed.

 

Oct. 8, 2015 through Dec. 10, 2015
Jan. 14, 2016 through May 26, 2016

 


Additional Vocabulary and Lesson Plans

 

READING PLANTS

 

Vocabulary

Primary

Secondary

 

Lesson Plans

 

Grades 4-8

Rooting into the Soil: Examining the relationship between plants, soil, and water

Mini-Ecosystems: Venus flytrap terrariums as a study of plant adaptations

 

Grades 3-6
The lesson plans below were made possible through a generous grant from the Homeland Foundation.

What Plants Need to Survive and Grow:  Light

What Plants Need to Survive and Grow:  Air

What Plants Need to Survive and Grow:  Water

What Plants Need to Survive and Grow:  Soil

Learning from Leaves:  A Look at Leaf Color

Learning from Leaves:  A Look at Leaf Size

Learning from Leaves:  Adaptations to Differing Light Levels

Learning from Leaves:  From Observation to Inference (Grades 4-6)

Learning from Leaves:  Adaptation Scavenger Hunt

Making Community Measurements:  Which Plant Part?

Making Community Measurements:  Abiotic Factors

Making Community Measurements:  Biotic Factors

 

Supporting materials:
Habitats of the World, from the Discovery Channel
This lesson encourages students to make a thorough study of habitat types. Site includes discussion questions, extensions, and vocabulary.

 

Observe a Leaf, from the LessonPlansPage.com
This lesson starts with leaf observations, and can be extended to leaf collections.

 

DISCOVERING PLANTS

 

Vocabulary

 

Lesson Plans

 

Grades K-2

Why is an Apple Like a Suitcase? The Importance of Fruit and Seeds in Plant Reproduction

Experiments in Tea Dying

 

Grades K-3

Smelling Up a Storm:  Examining the relationship between plants and scents

Weaving Cotton

 

Supporting materials:
Cotton's Journey from the Alaca Company
A good source for cotton-related books and materials.

 




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