Sharing the Joy of a Garden

Grades: 
3, 4, 5

Through the use of a trade book, students see that a garden is a place where an individual can go for inner peace and solitude. They will see that a garden is to be shared with other people and wildlife, such as butterflies and birds.

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Duration 
PrintOne 30 Minute Class Period
Objectives 

The learner will:

  • explain that a garden has additional value other than as a place where flowers and vegetables grow.
  • describe the importance that a garden has to the environment and lives of individuals who use it.
  • describe philanthropic activity as something that is done for the common good.
Materials 

read-aloud copy of The Gardener by Sarah Stewart (see Bibliography)

Bibliography 

Stewart, Sarah. The Gardener. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1977. ISBN: 0374425183

Instructions

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  1. Anticipatory Set: Discuss everyone's personal experiences with gardens and gardening. Have each person tell what gardens have meant to them and to others.

  2. Read The Gardener, written by Sarah Stewart, to the class. Reflect on the personality traits and actions of the characters. Discuss how Lydia's love of gardens impacts others. 

  3. Define philanthropy as the giving and sharing of time, talent, or treasure intended for the common good.

  4. Discuss the book from the philanthropic view by asking, "How does Lydia give of her time, talent and treasure?" and "How was Lydia philanthropic?" Ask "Were any other characters in the story philanthropic?"

  5. Discuss places to plant flowers that might cheer the day of people in the community. Possibly the garden could attract butterflies, bees, and birds. Research of the local native plants may give ideas of what and where to plant. Encourage reflection on who would benefit and how to get permission to plant and purchase flower starts.

Cross Curriculum 

None for this lesson.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
    1. Standard DP 01. Define Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark E.1 Define philanthropy as the giving and sharing of time, talent, or treasure intended for the common good.