It’s Gardening Time!
Everyone knows Norman Bridwell as the author of “Clifford the Big Red Dog.” But, Bridwell also wrote other imaginative stories that didn’t become quite as famous. One story that I particularly like is called “A Tiny Family.” It’s about a miniature-sized family who lives in the garden of a home that belongs to a “giant” family. The giants are, of course, just normal-sized people. The tiny family fear them and try to avoid them at all costs. But, when the giant dog steps on Grandpa’s favorite umbrella, his grandchildren bravely enter the giant house to retrieve it. The story is super sweet and has a nice message about getting to know someone before you judge them. It’s also a fun story to read before starting a unit on plants.
April is a great time to introduce your students to the magic of seeds. It’s especially fun to choose a variety of seed packets, so the kids can see how different the seeds are…from the tiny tomato seeds to the much larger beans. Also, with a variety of seed choices, the kids will get to see which seeds grow quickly and which take a lot of time. The best part of this garden pot project is watching your classroom windowsill become an indoor garden.
GARDEN POT – WRAPPER AND TAG
We decorated our garden pots to look like the plant we were trying to cultivate. We used permanent markers to color the cup wrapper and tag, so any water spills wouldn’t ruin the designs. It was fun to look at the garden each day to watch the seedlings poke up out of the soil. The marigold seeds came up in about 4 days. The tomato seeds took almost two weeks. And we think our bean seeds are duds because they usually come up pretty quickly, but have yet to emerge from the soil.
You can apply this project to your curriculum in many different ways:
MATH – Measurement – Compare seed sizes. Measure the height of your plant weekly.
SOCIAL STUDIES – Where did the plant originate? Which country is known for growing the plant?
ART – Design. Observe colors and shapes of various plants and their leaves.
SCIENCE – Botany, seeds, germination, parts of a plant, photosynthesis…
READING – Read “The Tiny Family” or “Jack and the Beanstalk” or any other book about plants.