Sharing the Joy of a Garden

Grades: 
3, 4, 5

Through the use of a trade book, students will 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.

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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 
  • The Book: The Gardener by Sarah Stewart (see Bibliographic References).
Home Connection 
None for this lesson.
Bibliography 

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

Instructions

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  1. Anticipatory Set: Ask students to discuss their experiences with gardens and gardening. Have students tell what gardens have meant to them and to others.

  2. Read The Gardener, written by Sarah Stewart, to the class.
  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. Ask, "How could the class participate in a similar act?"
Assessment 
Have students write a paragraph in their journals answering this question: How did Lydia exhibit philanthropic characteristics? How did she give her time, talent and treasure? The teacher may observe class discussion as a form of assessment.
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.