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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Biology

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  • Videos, 8 minutes, 39 seconds, CC, Subtitles

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North America, United States


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Why You Should Turn Your Lawn Into a Food Garden

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  • This video explains why growing a food garden is a better alternative to maintaining a lawn. 
  • Students learn how to grow a food garden and its advantages for the gardener and the planet. 
Teaching Tips


  • This video contains engaging visuals.
  • Accompanying text emphasizes important facts from the video.
  • It shows how policies have increased the number of home food gardens.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with lawns, fertilizer, pesticides, and lawnmowers.
  • There may be an ad before the video.


  • Teachers could use this video to teach 6-8th graders about victory gardens.
  • Teachers could use this video to highlight the importance of policies and their role in mitigating climate change.
  • Teachers could use part 5:57-6:02 to describe how planting one’s own food helps to fight climate change.
  • Teachers could use part 6:54-7:07 to encourage students to plant some food and herb crops.
  • Click here for a lesson plan on food and carbon.
Scientist Notes
The resource provides details on the comparative advantage of home gardens vs. keeping a lawn. It shows how lawns can be converted to front-yard gardens to improve food security, farm income, and combat climate change. This is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: History
      • D2.His.14.6-8 Explain multiple causes and effects of events and developments in the past.
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.7.6-8 Assess their individual and collective capacities to take action to address local, regional, and global problems, taking into account a range of possible levers of power, strategies, and potential outcomes.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.3 Delineate a speaker's argument and specific claims, evaluating the soundness of the reasoning and the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
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