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. 



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 with any suggestions or comments.


Educator Workshop:

If you are wanting to set up a workshop for educators using this curriculum, here are some tools to help you with this process:

Sample 2.25 day workshop schedule

Sample 1 day workshop schedule

Suggestions for organizing a workshop

Sample workshop poster

Sample pre-course assignment


Standards Correlation

Standards correlation chart for all the lessons in the curriculum. PDF 

Standards correlation chart for all the lessons in the curriculum. Word

Chart of AK Science and NGSS Standards Definitions and Corresponding Disciplinary Core ideas. PDF

Chart of AK Science and NGSS Standards Definitions and Corresponding Disciplinary Core ideas Word 


Introduction to Curriculum - Why Grow Indoors? 

Introduction to Curriculum

Introductory Presentation - Powerpoint



Soil Growing Systems

Reading a Seed Packet Lesson

Starting Plants in the Classroom

Salad Container Greenhouse Lesson

NAITC Desktop Greenhouses

Indoor Gardening Lighting Systems Handout

Window Sill Garden Fact Sheet


Name in Seeds

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

Harvesting Plants: Leaves

Plant Parts - Flower Lesson

Plant Parts - Seeds Lesson

Hydroponic Plant Growth Lesson

Pollination in Hydroponics Web Article


Hydroponic Growing Systems

Introduction to Hydroponic Systems Lesson

Hydroponics PPT

Passive Hydroponics Lesson

Hydroponic Growing Mediums Lesson

Setting up the Floating Platform Hydroponic System 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

NAITC Test Tube Hydroponics Lesson

NAITC Aeroponic Engineering and Vertical Farming


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 

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


Marketing and Business

Hydroponics Marketing Lesson



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