Living and teaching children in New Hampshire I feel privileged that I am able to teach children who are surrounded by nature. We have easy access to a school nature trail and use the FOSS science program to teach our unit on New Plants. One lesson we do is grow our own mini-lawns with rye grass and alfalfa.
Students observe plant development
Record and communicate observations in words and drawings
Compare the development of different kinds of plants
Organize representations of lawns to show the sequence of events during growth and mowing
If you've never read the book, Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv, I would highly recommend it! The book brings to light the increasing divide between young children and the natural world.