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From Seeds to Harvest

Finding a Sequence

All documents and text associated with this activity are printed below, followed by a worksheet for student responses.

Introduction

Throughout history, people have grown gardens at home and at school to provide food. Look at these pictures and describe what you see in each one. What are the people doing? Next, decide what order they belong in. Move them into the correct sequence from start to finish to show how a garden grows.


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Worksheet

From Seeds to Harvest

Finding a Sequence

Examine the documents in this activity. Put the corresponding document numbers in order using the list below. Write your conclusion response in the space provided.

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Hints for this Activity


  1. You use what is inside of this packet to start planting a garden.
  2. As plants grow bigger, they are closer to harvest.


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Photograph of a College Professor Giving Pointers on Transplanting Young Vegetables to His Daughter and Her Three Girl Scout Friends

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Sweet Corn Seed Packet

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School children holding one of the large heads of cabbage raised in the War garden of Public School 88

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Children`s war relief activities at Plainfield, New Jersey

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War garden activities by the children of the Irving-Jefferson School, Plainfield, New Jersey

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Conclusion

From Seeds to Harvest

Finding a Sequence

Concluding Questions and Activity

  • What do you notice in the pictures? Have you and your family or school ever planted seeds? Have you grown vegetables? Have you eaten the vegetables that grew from a garden?
  • Ask your family members or teachers if they grew gardens or planted seeds when they were children.
  • Draw a picture of a garden you would like to grow.


Your Response




Document

War garden activities by the children of the Irving-Jefferson School, Plainfield, New Jersey

1917 - 1918

This primary source comes from the Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs, 1860 - 1952.
National Archives Identifier: 31482018
Full Citation: War garden activities by the children of the Irving-Jefferson School, Plainfield, New Jersey; 1917 - 1918; Food Administration - Anti-Waste Campaign; American Unofficial Collection of World War I Photographs, 1917 - 1918; Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs, 1860 - 1952, ; National Archives at College Park, College Park, MD. [Online Version, https://docsteach.org/documents/document/war-garden-activities-by-the-children-of-the-irvingjefferson-school-plainfield-new-jersey, June 26, 2022]


War garden activities by the children of the Irving-Jefferson School, Plainfield, New Jersey

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Children's War Relief Activities at Plainfield, New Jersey

1917 - 1918

The original caption for this World War I-era photograph showing girls in a victory garden reads: Three farmerettes and the products of their war gardens.
This primary source comes from the Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs, 1860 - 1952.
National Archives Identifier: 31481545
Full Citation: Photograph 165-WW-171A-7; Children's War Relief Activities at Plainfield, New Jersey; 1917 - 1918; Food Administration - Anti-Waste Campaign; American Unofficial Collection of World War I Photographs, 1917 - 1918; Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs, 1860 - 1952, ; National Archives at College Park, College Park, MD. [Online Version, https://docsteach.org/documents/document/childrens-war-relief-activities-plainfield-nj, June 26, 2022]


Children's War Relief Activities at Plainfield, New Jersey

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School children holding one of the large heads of cabbage raised in the War garden of Public School 88

ca. 1918

The original caption for this photograph reads: School children holding one of the large heads of cabbage raised in the War garden of Public School 88, Borough of Queens, New York City. The garden covers a tract of 1< acres and yielded over $500 worth of produce.
This primary source comes from the Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs.
National Archives Identifier: 533646
Full Citation: Photograph 165-WW-172(1); School children holding one of the large heads of cabbage raised in the War garden of Public School 88; ca. 1918; American Unofficial Collection of World War I Photographs, 1917 - 1918; Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs, ; National Archives at College Park, College Park, MD. [Online Version, https://docsteach.org/documents/document/school-children-cabbage, June 26, 2022]


School children holding one of the large heads of cabbage raised in the War garden of Public School 88

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Radish Seed Packet

This primary source comes from the Records of the Bureau of Plant Industry, Soils, and Agricultural Engineering.
National Archives Identifier: 5721324
Full Citation: Radish Seed Packet; Records of the Bureau of Plant Industry, Soils, and Agricultural Engineering, . [Online Version, https://docsteach.org/documents/document/radish-seed-packet, June 26, 2022]


Radish Seed Packet

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Radish Seed Packet

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Document

Photograph of a College Professor Giving Pointers on Transplanting Young Vegetables to His Daughter and Her Three Girl Scout Friends

ca. 2/1943

Original caption: Victory Gardens - For Family and Country. A college professor of San Francisco's Junior College finds time to give his 10-year old daughter and her Girl Scout friends some pointers in transplanting young vegetables.
This primary source comes from the Records of the Office of War Information.
National Archives Identifier: 6423777
Full Citation: Photograph of a College Professor Giving Pointers on Transplanting Young Vegetables to His Daughter and Her Three Girl Scout Friends; ca. 2/1943; Records of the Office of War Information, . [Online Version, https://docsteach.org/documents/document/photograph-of-a-college-professor-giving-pointers-on-transplanting-young-vegetables-to-his-daughter-and-her-three-girl-scout-friends, June 26, 2022]


Photograph of a College Professor Giving Pointers on Transplanting Young Vegetables to His Daughter and Her Three Girl Scout Friends

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