Horticulture and Crop Science Department

Degree Name

BS in Environmental Horticultural Science




Jason Lewis


Horticulture is just one of the many topics covered in a high school agriculture curriculum, and yet, there are very few lesson plans or resources available to teachers for these classes specifically. The objectives of this project were to compile a set of lesson plans, lab plans, and tests that would emphasize interactive and investigative learning. The lesson plans were written in such a way that they reflected a certain set of standards, set down by the state of California, and were meant to serve as a bare outline of topics that would be discussed within a week’s worth of lectures. The labs (as well as the in-class activities mentioned in the lesson plans) are supplemental to the lectures, emphasizing concepts learned in class, while allowing students to experiment and make determinations on these concepts for themselves. The tests were designed to test students’ abilities to recall and explain, in their own words, key concepts, processes, and terms that they learned during a couple weeks’ worth of classes. Tests consisted of multiple choice, essay, and short response questions. Overall, the resources created in this project covers all of the standards required by the state of California for both Ornamental Horticulture and Plant Sciences education, with particular stress on lab-based interactive learning.