Sharing the Joy of a Garden

Grades: 
3, 4, 5

The book, The Gardener, by Sarah Stewart gently illustrates how sharing growing things can be a gift to others and the community. 

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Duration 
PrintOne 30 Minute Session
Objectives 
  • Name the benefits of a garden to the environment and lives of individuals who use it.
  • Identify 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 the group's personal experiences with plants and gardening. Ask participants to tell what gardens have meant to them and to others.

  2. Read aloud The Gardener by Sarah Stewart. Reflect on the personality traits and actions of the characters. Tell about the role of the historic events that sent Lydia away. Discuss how Lydia's love of gardens impacted others. 

  3. Define philanthropy as the giving and sharing of time, talent, or treasure intended for the common good. "How and why does Lydia give her time, talent and treasure?" What other actions in the story were done for the good of all? 

  4. Discuss how flowers and plants could impact the common good of our community or a place within our community. Brainstorm and talk creatively about possibilities such as bringing flowers to people who have been generous (essential workers) or planting a community garden to share produce. Gardens can also bring bees and butterflies. 

  5. Reflect 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.