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This engaging KET-produced video collection helps teach elementary students about the art and science of growing food, with an emphasis on biological and environmental concepts. It also addresses topics related to nutrition and economics.

The collection was created in partnership with the Food Literacy Project at Oxmoor Farms and Cane Run Elementary School in Louisville, Kentucky and Meadowthorpe Elementary School; The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky; Seedleaf; and Karen Angelucci in Lexington, Kentucky.

 

  • Think Garden: The Product in Produce

    This video shows how gardening can be a way of life. Follow students visiting Oxmoor Farm as they learn about the business of agriculture, see how school gardens can teach about economics, and learn about the business of organic gardening.
    Grades: 3-5
  • Think Garden: What's a Food Chain?

    This video illustrates why all living things need food and explains how organisms provide energy to each other. Colorful graphics show the difference between a food chain and a food web, and an animation and poem make food chains easy to understand.
    Grades: 3-5
  • Think Garden: A Year in the Garden

    This video tells the story of a traditional summer garden over the course of a year. Learn how to prepare for a garden during winter months. See students get their gardens ready for planting, and then watch as they tend to their gardens all summer.
    Grades: 3-5
  • Think Garden: Cool Crops

    This video explores the possibilities of gardening in the spring and fall. Learn about which vegetables like cool weather, and techniques to help plants grow in these conditions. Also find out why cool crops are ideal for school gardens.
    Grades: 3-5
  • Think Garden: Garden Health and Maintenance

    This video explores what a garden needs to remain healthy. See the ways thriving gardens depend on humans, and find out special needs of specific plants.
    Grades: 3-5
  • Think Garden: Plant Families

    This video breaks down the scientific classification of living organisms. Learn about the order of classification: kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species. Also get a closer look at some specific plant families.
    Grades: 3-5
  • Think Garden: Garden Pests and Helpers

    See how some creatures benefit the garden by being pollinators, while other creatures help by eating insects that attack garden plants. Also learn techniques to prevent bigger pests from damaging the garden.
    Grades: 3-5
  • Think Garden: Soil Composition

    This video explains why soil is more than just dirt. Learn how to tell if soil is rich and healthy or lacking in nutrients, which nutrients are essential, and what happens if plants lack these nutrients. Also find out how to improve soil.
    Grades: 3-5
  • Think Garden: Photosynthesis

    This video explains the process of photosynthesis through a poem with stop motion animation. Learn about what chloroplasts and chlorophyll do, and why sunlight, water, carbon dioxide, oxygen, glucose, and carbohydrates are important.
    Grades: 3-5
  • Think Garden: A Gardener's Poem

    This video explores the many roles of a gardener through a short, fun poem.
    Grades: 3-5
  • Think Garden: The History of Food

    This video provides a history of cultivated food. Take a trip through the woods as a hunter-gatherer; see how Native Americans used companion crops; and get a closer look at where the tomato got its start. Also learn about how food is preserved.
    Grades: 3-5
  • Think Garden: Location, Location

    This video shows how location is important to the health of a garden. Learn about the factors that go into choosing a location. See alternatives to a traditional garden plot like raised beds, container gardens, hoop houses, and kitchen gardens.
    Grades: 3-5
  • Think Garden: Pizza Gardens

    This video demonstrates how to make a pizza from spring and summer gardens. Follow students from Cane Run Elementary as they make spring pizzas. Then head back to school as they make pizzas with traditional toppings from their own school garden.
    Grades: 3-5
  • Think Garden: The Importance of Water

    This video explores why plants need water to survive, and how they tell us they're thirsty. Learn about the part water plays in photosynthesis, and find out how to conserve and improve water quality. An animation explains the water cycle.
    Grades: 3-5
  • Think Garden: Edible Economics

    This video explains the economics of gardening through a poem. Learn how personal choices - buying produce from a grocery store or farmers market, purchasing supplies, or selling produce from a school or home garden - affect supply and demand.
    Grades: 3-5
  • Think Garden: Buying Local

    This video illustrates why it is important to buy local. Follow out of season produce on its journey to the supermarket, and learn about the hidden costs involved. Also visit a local farmers market to see how easy and fun it is to buy local!
    Grades: 3-5
  • Think Garden: Sustainable Gardening

    This video examines methods of practicing sustainable gardening. Examples explored include companion planting, composting, and more. Also learn about things not to do in a sustainable garden.

    Grades: 3-5
  • Think Garden: Plant Structure

    This video examines plant structure by taking a closer look at the root and shoot systems. Learn about roots, stems, leaves, flowers, seeds, and fruit through engaging illustrations and animations.

    Grades: 3-5

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