Teaching Through Trade Books: Growing a Gardenby: Christine Anne Royce

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Many people look forward to planting their own garden and enjoying its fruitage throughout the summer months. Gardening can be an excellent learning experience in many ways because it offers opportunities to learn about plants and to observe changes over time. This column focuses on a long-term project of understanding plant growth and planting your own garden.

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  • on Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:05 PM

Two books are reviewed here. Jack's Garden is suggested for grades K-3 and My Backyard Garden for grades 4-6. The latter book provides information on growing regions, how to set up your garden, and how to care for it once it is planted. While not everyone has space or access to land for a garden, the author also suggests ways to use containers.

Tina Harris  (Fairmount, IN)
Tina Harris (Fairmount, IN)

  • on Sat Apr 02, 2016 10:49 AM

This article gives two really good book options to help students learn about gardening. I like using trade books because you can read them to the children, have the children read them, and use them as a resource guide. This process also facilitates the inquiry process for students. This would be a great accompaniment with growing a school/class garden!

Kaylee Buck
Kaylee Buck

  • on Tue May 03, 2011 2:53 PM

This article features a book for children called “Jack’s Garden” by Henry Cole. Using this book as the engagement, students in kindergarten through 3rd grade begin a unit on growing plants from seeds. The article also provides a lesson for the later elementary grades where students design garden layouts, plant seeds, and maintain their gardens. Throughout the gardening experience, students have opportunities to practice measuring and graphing skills as they watch their gardens grow.

Carolyn Mohr  (Buffalo Grove, IL)
Carolyn Mohr (Buffalo Grove, IL)

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