string beans, carrots, salad greens,
broccoli, rosemary, tarragon, parsley, basil
- Learn about herbarium as way to keep a record of plants
- Examine differences among different leaves
- Become more familiar with vegetables we might eat
- folders that fit 8 1/2 by 11 inches paper; or journals; 1 per child
- paper, 8 1/2 by 11 inches; 3 sheets per child
- wide, clear tape
- garden scissors
- ziplock bags; 1 per child
- scissors for harvesting
- Put 3 or more sheets of office paper into each folder, if using.
- Check on leaf specimens.
Reacquaint students with what an herbarium is.
- To record new plants
- To make a record of the plants growing in one's garden
The leaves have been pressed to preserve them.
Today you are going to look at the specimens and make a herbarium: a collection of dried and pressed plants.
- Choose 3 leaves. Tape each leaf to a separate sheet of paper. (No need to cover the entire leaf, just use
a few strips.) Be sure to work carefully because the leaves are fragile. Leave room to write and draw
underneath the leaf or next to it.
- Describe the leaf size and shape. Think of 3 different ways to describe each leaf and write them on the page.
ASK: In what ways can leaves be different or alike?
Sizes, shapes, edge patterns
- Ask students to elaborate on each difference. For example, "How big or small could a leaf be?" and "What different shapes can they be?"
- Take your leaf page to the garden and look for the plant that the leaf came from.
- Once you find the plant, make a drawing of it on the same page or on a separate sheet.
The children work on their herbarium, assisted by adults as needed.
Have each student show one herbarium specimen to the group. Ask each to describe the leaf and say the name of the plant it came from and one other thing about it.
Team up adults with small groups of children and assign each team a different area in the garden. Ask adults to demonstrate/review the appropriate harvesting technique and safe tool use and then assist children as needed. With each vegetable discuss how much should be harvested that day
For harvesting tips for specific vegetables link to