How is the Curriculum Connected to the Garden?

 An easier question would be, "How is the garden NOT connected to the curriculum?" Although the garden was started to support North Carolina science objectives, we quickly realized that objectives from nearly all subject areas can be addressed when working in the garden.  These include math, reading, writing, social studies, healthful living, guidance, technology skills, and arts education.  To view a document that lists objectives that can be supported by our school garden from all areas for all grade levels, click on the following link: 


Bluebird Box



A grant from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission provided us with a bluebird house complete with a solar powered camera.  Live images stream into the television receivers inside the school.  We are currently working on getting those images to stream live via the internet.  What a fantastic way to studying the needs of animals and animal life cycles!

Weather Center


If you are working on a weather unit, be sure to visit the garden. We have a weather station provided by the Fuquay-Varina Rotary Club. Following is a link to our online weather information collected from the weather station in the garden:


You can also find traditional weather instruments in the garden.  There is a weather vain on the shed, several rain gauges, a wind sock and a thermometer.

                     North Carolina Science Curriculum Connections:


Compare characteristics of animals that make them alike and different from other animals and nonliving things.

KL 1.1  Compare different types of the same animal (i.e. different types of dogs, different types of cats, etc.) to determine individual differences within a particular type of animal.

KL 1.2  Compare characteristics of living and nonliving things in terms of their:

• Structure

• Growth

• Changes

• Movement

• Basic Needs

Understand change and observable patterns of weather that occur from day to day and throughout the year.

KE 1.1  Infer that change is something that happens to many things in the environment based on observations made using one or more of their senses.

KE 1.2  Summarize daily weather conditions noting changes that occur from day to day and throughout the year.

KE 1.3  Compare weather patterns that occur from season to season.

Understand how objects are described based on their physical properties and how they are used.

KP 2.1  Classify objects by observable physical properties (including size, color, shape, texture, weight and flexibility).




Understand the physical properties of Earth materials that make them useful in different ways.

1E 2.1  Summarize the physical properties of Earth materials, including rocks, minerals, soils, and water, that make them useful in different ways.

1E 2.2  Compare the properties of soil samples from different places relating their capacity to retain water, nourish and support the growth of certain plants.

Understand characteristics of various environments and behaviors of humans that enable plants and animals to survive.

1L 1.1  Recognize that plants and animals need air, water, light (plants only), space, food and shelter and that these may be found in their environment.

1L 1.2  Give examples of how the needs of different plants and animals can be met by their environments in North Carolina or different places throughout the world.

1L 1.3  Summarize ways that humans protect their environment and/or improve conditions for the growth of the plants and animals that live there. (e.g., reuse or recycle products to avoid littering.)

Summarize the needs of living organisms for energy and growth.

1L 2.1  Summarize the basic needs of a variety of different plants (including air, water, nutrients, and light) for energy and growth.

1L 2.2  Summarize the basic needs of a variety of different animals (including air, water, and food) for energy and growth.



Understand patterns of weather and factors that affect weather.

2E 1.1  Summarize how energy from the sun serves as a source of light that warms the land, air and water.

2E 1.2  Summarize weather conditions using qualitative and quantitative measures to describe:

• Temperature

• Wind direction

• Wind speed

• Precipitation

2E 1.3  Compare weather patterns that occur over time and relate patterns to time of day and time of year.

2E 1.4  Recognize the tools that scientists use for observing, recording, and predicting weather changes from day to day and during the seasons.

Understand animal life cycles.

2L 1.1  Summarize the life cycle of animals including:

• Birth.

• Developing into an adult

• Reproducing

• Aging and death

2L 1.2  Compare life cycles of different animals such as, but not limited to, mealworms, ladybugs, crickets, guppies or frogs.

Remember that organisms differ from or are similar to their parents based on the characteristics of the organism.

2L 2.1  Identify ways in which many plants and animals closely resemble their parents in observed appearance and ways they are different.




Understand how plants survive in their environments.

3L 2.1  Remember the function of the following plant structures as it relates to the survival of plants in their environment:(Roots – absorb nutrients; Stems – provide support; Leaves – synthesize food; Flowers – attract pollinators and produce seeds for reproduction)

3L 2.2  Explain how environmental conditions determine how well plants survive and grow.

3L 2.3  Summarize the distinct stages of the life cycle of seed plants.

3L 2.4  Explain how the basic properties (texture and capacity to hold water) and components (sand, clay and humus) of soil determine the ability of soil to support the growth and survival of many plants.



Understand the effects of environmental changes, adaptations and behaviors that enable animals (including humans) to survive in changing habitats.

4L 1.1  Give examples of changes in an organism’s environment that are beneficial to it and harmful.

4L 1.2  Explain how animals meet their needs by using behaviors in response to information received from the environment.

4L 1.3  Explain how humans can adapt their behavior to live in changing habitats (e.g., recycling wastes, establishing rain gardens, planting native species to prevent flooding and erosion).

4L 1.4  Explain how differences among animals of the same population sometimes give individuals an advantage in surviving and reproducing in changing habitats.

Understand food and the benefits of vitamins, minerals and exercise.

4L 2.1  Classify substances as food or non-food items based on their ability to provide energy and materials for survival, growth and repair of the body.

4L 2.2  Explain the role of vitamins, minerals and exercise in maintaining a healthy body.



Understand the interactions of matter and energy and the changes that occur.

5P 2.1 Explain how the sun’s energy impacts the processes of the water cycle (including, evaporation, transpiration, condensation, precipitation and runoff).

Understand weather patterns and phenomena, making connections to the weather in a particular place and time.

5E 1.1  Compare daily and seasonal changes in weather conditions (including wind speed and direction, precipitation, and temperature) and patterns.

5E 1.2  Predict upcoming weather events from weather data collected through observation and measurements.

Understand the interdependence of plants and animals with their ecosystem.

5L 2.2  Classify the organisms within an ecosystem according to the function they serve: producers, consumers, or decomposers (biotic factors).

5L 2.3  Infer the effects that may result from the interconnected relationship of plants and animals to their ecosystem.

Understand why organisms differ from or are similar to their parents based on the characteristics of the organism.

5L 3.1  Explain why organisms differ from or are similar to their parents based on the characteristics of the organism.

5L 3.2  Give examples of likenesses that are inherited and some that are not.