Alaska Agriculture in the Classroom Indoor Gardening Curriculum

In the spring of 2017, AK AITC was awarded a grant from the National Agriculture in the Classroom organization to develop this resource. This work is supported in part by the Agriculture in the Classroom Grant no. 2017-38858 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. It is also supported by a grant from the Alaska Farm Bureau.

 

This curriculum is a compilation of lessons developed by the Alaska Agriculture in the Classroom program, the National Agriculture in the Classroom (NAITC) organization, and educators throughout Alaska who have reviewed and piloted many of these activities. 

 

 Please be patient with us. This is a work in progress, some links are currently in development and will be available soon. If you do use the lessons and find things that need changing or clarification, please feel free to give us feedback and help in making them the best possible resource for Alaska teachers and students. If you have a lesson you have developed and would like to be included in our list, please feel free to share it with us and we will consider adding it. 

 

Evaluation:

If you have time and would like to evaluate the curriculum lessons to help us improve them, please fill out this evaluation form and send it back to Mel. Download the form HERE

Email Mel Sikes at alaska.agintheclassroom@gmail.com with any suggestions or comments.

 

Introduction to Curriculum - Why Grow Indoors? 

Introduction to Curriculum

Introductory Presentation - Powerpoint

Alaska Science Standards and GLEs

NGSS Topics Overview

Journaling

 

Soil Growing Systems

Reading a Seed Packet Lesson

Starting Plants in the Classroom

Salad Container Greenhouse Lesson

Indoor Gardening Lighting Systems Handout

Window Sill Garden Lesson

Transplanting Lesson

 

Soil and Nutrients

Garden Soil Exploration Lesson

NAITC The Right Diet for Your Plants Lesson

NAITC Plant Nutrition Deficiencies Lesson

    - Nutrition Deficiencies in Alfafa Handout

    - Humanity Against Hunger Handout

Chemistry in Plant Nutrition and Growth Lesson

 

Plant Growth and Plant Processes

Do You Know the Parts of Plants? Lesson

Plant Parts - Roots Lesson

Plant Parts - Stems Lesson

Plant Parts Leaves - Lesson

Plant Parts - Flower Dissection Lesson

Plant Parts - Seeds Lesson

Leaf Factory Lesson

Hydroponic Plant Growth Lesson

Pollination in Hydroponics Web Article

 

Hydroponic Growing Systems

Introduction to Hydroponic Systems Lesson

Hydroponics PPT

Simple Passive Hydroponics Lesson

Setting up the Floating Platform Hydroponic System Lesson

Hydroponic Growing Mediums Lesson

Setting up the Nutrient Film Technique (NFT) Hydroponic System Lesson

NAITC What, No Soil? Lesson

Chena Hot Springs Tower System

UAA Classroom Indoor Garden Teaching Module

 

Aquaponic Growing Systems

Setting up the Aquaponics System Lesson

Aquaponics Fish Care

NAITC Exploring Aquaponics Lesson (grades K-2)

NAITC Exploring Aquaponics Lesson (grades 3-5)

 

Composting and Food Waste

NAITC The Rotten Truth Lesson

Composting Worms Lesson - draft in progress

Worm Booklet - set up to double side and cut to make booklet

 

Marketing and Business

Hydroponics Marketing Lesson

 

Resources

Gardening Books 

Alaska High Tunnel Website

NRCS High Tunnel Fact Sheet

List of Relevant Websites

List of Potential Grants

List of Gardening Resource Agencies and Contacts in Alaska

 

Educator Workshop

For a suggested workshop outline you could use for a weekend 2.25 day educator workshop, click HERE