Sharing the Joy of a Garden
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.
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.
read-aloud copy of The Gardener by Sarah Stewart (see Bibliography)
Stewart, Sarah. The Gardener. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1977. ISBN: 0374425183
Anticipatory Set: Discuss everyone's personal experiences with gardens and gardening. Have each person tell what gardens have meant to them and to others.
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.
Define philanthropy as the giving and sharing of time, talent, or treasure intended for the common good.
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?"
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.
None for this lesson.
Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
Standard DP 01. Define Philanthropy
Benchmark E.1 Define philanthropy as the giving and sharing of time, talent, or treasure intended for the common good.