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Author

NowThis Earth

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Biology

Resource Type

  • Videos, 8 minutes, 39 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

North America, United States

Format

YouTube Video

Why You Should Turn Your Lawn Into a Food Garden

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Synopsis
  • This video explains why growing a food garden is a better alternative to maintaining a lawn. 
  • Students learn how to grow a food garden and its advantages for the gardener and the planet. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This video contains engaging visuals.
  • Accompanying text emphasizes important facts from the video.
  • It shows how policies have increased the number of home food gardens.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with lawns, fertilizer, pesticides, and lawnmowers.
  • There may be an ad before the video.

Differentiation

  • Teachers could use this video to teach 6-8th graders about victory gardens.
  • Teachers could use this video to highlight the importance of policies and their role in mitigating climate change.
  • Teachers could use part 5:57-6:02 to describe how planting one’s own food helps to fight climate change.
  • Teachers could use part 6:54-7:07 to encourage students to plant some food and herb crops.
  • Click here for a lesson plan on food and carbon.
Scientist Notes
The resource provides details on the comparative advantage of home gardens vs. keeping a lawn. It shows how lawns can be converted to front-yard gardens to improve food security, farm income, and combat climate change. This is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking and Listening (K-12)
      • SL.6-8.2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
  • Social Studies
    • History
      • History 1 (D2): Students understand major eras, major enduring themes, and historic influences in the history of Maine, the United States, and various regions of the world by analyzing major historical eras, major enduring themes, turning points, events, consequences, and people in the history of Maine, the United States and various regions of the world.
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