Third grade

7 Establishing Expectations

Objectives/Assessment Targets

Students will:

  • Personalize garden workbooks.
  • Review the rules for being in the garden.
  • Identify edible and nonedible plants.
  • Practice respectful harvesting.
  • Practice safe tool handling.

Activity Preparation

This lesson introduces students to the garden. The activities invite them to practice safety and being respectful in the school garden. Review your school’s 3 Be’s and write them on the whiteboard. Relate the garden rules with the school rules so students have an easy time relating what they practice daily in the classroom with what they are expected to practice in the garden.


  • Drawing materials
  • Student workbooks, worksheet, Establishing Expectations, page 2
  • Sample tools student will use throughout the year

Activity 1: Behavior Expectations

Be clear on expectations for student participation in the garden. Create a vision statement with student participation for how students will behave in the garden.

The 3 Be’s for most schools are:

  1. Be Respectful
  2. Be Safe
  3. Be Responsible

CA Health Standard 5.1.P

Use a decision-making process to determine personal choices that promote personal, environmental, and community health.

Students reflect on expectations for participating in garden activities in the worksheet, Establishing Expectations, on page 2 in student workbooks. Invite them to pair-share, or share as a group how they can be respectful, safe, and responsible in the garden this year. Write the vision statement on the whiteboard.


  • What are the 3 Be’s that you practice at school?
  • How will you practice these in the classroom?
  • How will you practice these in the garden?

CA Health Standard 8.1.M

Promote a positive and respectful school environment.

Activity 2: Review Tools and Safety

Lead students through a guided tour of the garden. Invite each one to practice one of the roleplaying examples, pointing out plants that are edible and nonedible. Invite students to taste new plants and describe their observations. Direct students to role-play using tools safely, harvesting veggies respectfully, and walking safely in the garden.


How will you practice each Be?

Be Respectful

  • Listen attentively to each other and to the instructions
  • Raise your hand
  • Ask before you pick
  • Stay on the paths
  • Don’t yuck my yum when trying new foods
  • Use quiet voices
  • Don’t disturb animals and plants

Be Safe

  • Handle tools with care
  • Don’t raise tools above your waist
  • Ask before you use tools
  • Use tools as they are demonstrated by teachers

Be Responsible

  • Clean up tools when you are done
  • Keep a tidy garden and learning space
  • Lead garden tasks, such as watering, distributing and collecting journals, or feeding the chickens
  • Help your fellow students



The content found in this demo chapter has been adapted from Berkeley Public Schools’ Gardening and Cooking Program via


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