Discovery Is Growing Gardens at Simis



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The main goal of every DIGGS lesson is to invite discovery and wonder in an outside environment.

Each week we ask our students: 

What do you see? 

What do you think? 

What do you wonder?


Fall: 3rd & 4th Grade

Fall: Preschool

Spring: K-2nd Grade

Third and fourth grades spend 12 weeks in the garden during the fall semester. Garden lessons are approximately 40 minutes long. They typically consist of brief instruction, introducing or continuing to develop a concept, and a hands-on activity. Preschool and Pre-K classes spend 10 weeks in the small garden doing 30-minute lessons. Each lesson's concept is introduced with a story and continues with an activity in the garden.  Kindergarten, first and second grades experience 12 weeks in the garden during the spring semester. Garden lessons are approximately 40 minutes long and similar in content and format to third and fourth grade. 


2022-2023 Themes

  • Fourth Grade: Why do gardens matter? Connections and community.
  • Third Grade: How do systems work? Understanding parts of a whole.
  • Second Grade: What makes a garden work? Discover the pieces of growing a garden. 
  • First Grade: How do we make discoveries? Using our senses to understand what's around us. 
  • Kindergarten: How do we engage with the garden? Exploring with our hands.
  • Preschool & Pre-K: What grows in a garden? Nature is all around us.

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