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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 from KET’s Think Garden collection illustrates how gardening is a a way of life for many people. Follow students visiting Oxmoor Farm as they learn about the business of agriculture by planting, harvesting, cooking, and eating fresh produce. Learn about all the products that are connected to gardening, from seeds and plants to fresh fruits and vegetables to compost. Finally, learn more about the growing business of organic gardening.

    This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions. 

    Grades: 3-5
  • Think Garden: What's a Food Chain?

    This video from KET’s Think Garden collection illustrates why all living things need food and explains how organisms provide energy, in the form of food, 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.

    This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions. 

    Grades: 3-5
  • Think Garden: A Year in the Garden

    This video from KET’s Think Garden collection tells the story of a traditional summer garden over the course of a year. Learn how to prepare for a garden starting in January through early spring by composting, starting seeds, and mapping the location of plants. See students in school gardens prepare their gardens for planting in the spring by measuring and creating pathways, and then watch as they tend to their gardens all summer by watering, weeding, and harvesting. Finally, learn how to get a garden ready for winter, and then start all over again!

    This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions. 

    Grades: 3-5
  • Think Garden: Cool Crops

    This video from KET’s Think Garden collection explores the possibilities of gardening in the cooler temperatures of spring and fall. Learn about which vegetables like cool weather, and techniques to help plants grow in these conditions like raised beds and hoop houses. Also find out why cool crops are ideal for school gardens.

    Grades: 3-5
  • Think Garden: Garden Health and Maintenance

    This video from KET’s Think Garden examines what a garden needs to remain healthy. Explore the choices that lead to a thriving garden like choosing the best location to plant the garden and preparing the soil by composting, weeding, and mulching. Learn how to tell when a garden needs watering and how much it requires. Also find out how to meet the special needs of specific plants.

    Grades: 3-5
  • Think Garden: Plant Families

    This video from KET’s Think Garden collection breaks down the scientific classification of living organisms. Learn about the order of classification from largest to smallest: kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species. Also get a closer look at some specific plant families to find out which fruits and vegetables are in the same family.

    This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions. 

    Grades: 3-5
  • Think Garden: Garden Pests and Helpers

    This video from KET’s Think Garden collection explains how creatures living in a garden can damage or help it. See the role insects like bees and butterflies play in pollination, and learn how ladybugs and spiders help by eating insects that attack the garden. Also learn how to discourage bigger garden pests like birds and rabbits through the use of simple tools and techniques such as scarecrows, raised beds, fences, netting, and more.

    Grades: 3-5
  • Think Garden: Soil Composition

    This video from KET’s Think Garden collection 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 for plant growth, and what happens if plants lack these nutrients. Also find out how to improve soil with crop rotation and by weeding; and find out what compost is, and how to use it in a garden.

    This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions. 

    Grades: 3-5
  • Think Garden: Photosynthesis

    This video from KET’s Think Garden collection explains the process of photosynthesis through a fun poem with stop motion animation. Learn about what chloroplasts and chlorophyll do, and why sunlight, water, carbon dioxide, oxygen, glucose, and carbohydrates are important to the process.

    This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions. 

    Grades: 3-5
  • Think Garden: A Gardener's Poem

    This video from KET’s Think Garden collection explores the many roles of a gardener through a short, fun poem.

    This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions. 

    Grades: 3-5
  • Think Garden: The History of Food

    This video from KET’s Think Garden collection provides a brief history of cultivated food. Take a trip through the woods as a hunter-gatherer foraging for edible foods; see how Native Americans used companion crops like the Three Sisters and why corn, beans and squash work so well together; and get a closer look at where the tomato, once thought to be poisonous, got its start.

    This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions. 

    Grades: 3-5
  • Think Garden: Location, Location

    This video from KET’s Think Garden collection shows how location is important to the health of a garden. Learn about the factors that go into choosing a location for a garden such as hours of sunlight, access to water, and soil drainage. See a variety of alternatives to a traditional garden plot like raised beds at Cane Run Elementary in Louisville, container gardens, hoop houses, and small kitchen gardens.

    This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions. 

    Grades: 3-5
  • Think Garden: Pizza Gardens

    This video from KET’s Think Garden collection demonstrates how to make a pizza with ingredients from both spring and summer gardens. Follow students from Cane Run Elementary in Louisville as they make fresh spring pizzas using greens, garlic, olive oil and homemade cheese with the Food Literacy Project at Oxmoor Farm. Then head back to school with the Cane Run students as they make pizzas with traditional toppings from their own school garden like tomatoes, peppers, and basil.

    This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions. 

    Grades: 3-5
  • Think Garden: The Importance of Water

    This video from KET’s Think Garden collection explores why plants need water to survive, and how they tell us they’re thirsty. Learn about the signs plants give when they’ve had too much or too little water, and the part water plays in the process of photosynthesis. See a quick, easy-to-understand animation explaining the water cycle and transpiration process. Also find out how to improve water quality with rain gardens, and how to conserve water with rain barrels.

    This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions. 

    Grades: 3-5
  • Think Garden: Edible Economics

    This video from KET’s Think Garden collection explains the economics of gardening through a poem. Learn how personal choices such as buying produce from a grocery store or farmers market, purchasing supplies like rakes and shovels for a garden, or selling fruits and vegetables produced in a school or home garden can affect supply and demand and make gardening part of the economy.

    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 from KET’s Think Garden collection examines methods of practicing sustainable gardening. Examples explored include plant choice, companion planting, composting, water conservation, and more. Also learn about things not to do in a sustainable garden like tilling or using pesticides or commercial fertilizers.

    Grades: 3-5
  • Think Garden: Plant Structure

    This video from KET’s Think Garden collection 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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