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Cultivating Community Gardens Lesson Plan

Learning Objective

Students will learn about the concept of community gardens and their benefits, while developing their digital animation skills using Brush Ninja.


  • Computers or tablets with internet access
  • Brush Ninja animated gif maker


  • Begin by discussing the idea of community gardens and why they are important.
  • Engage students in a discussion about the benefits of community gardens, such as promoting healthy eating, fostering social connections, and beautifying neighborhoods.
  • Divide students into small groups and assign each group a specific aspect of community gardens to research.
  • Encourage students to use reliable online resources or books to gather information about their assigned topic.
  • Have each group create a simple plan for an animated gif that illustrates their assigned aspect of community gardens.
  • Instruct students on how to access Brush Ninja on their computers or tablets.
  • Provide a brief demonstration on the basic features and tools available in Brush Ninja.
  • Guide students through the process of creating an animated gif that represents their researched aspect of community gardens.
  • Allow each group to present their animated gifs to the class, explaining how it relates to their assigned aspect of community gardens.
  • Facilitate a class discussion where students share what they learned from each other’s presentations.


  • Observe student engagement during the research phase and provide guidance as needed.
  • Assess student understanding through their ability to create an animated gif that effectively represents their assigned aspect of community gardens.
  • Evaluate student participation during the sharing and discussion session based on active listening and thoughtful contributions.


For further exploration:

  • Have students create additional animated gifs highlighting different aspects of community gardening, such as composting, insect pollination, or the life cycle of plants.
  • Encourage students to share their animated gifs with other classes or even display them on the school’s website or social media platforms to promote community gardening within the larger community.

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