FINALLY, I got to the store to get the supplies for my Garden in the Glove lesson plan. The Garden in the Glove lesson plan is one of my favorite farm lesson activities. I think it was one of the first activities I ever did in a classroom; decades ago when I was in high school.
I would start the lesson with one of the two following books.
Oh Say Can You Seed, by Bonnie Worth is a sing song book in traditional Doctor Seuss fashion. This book would be great to read to Kindergarten and readable for First and Second graders.
Cat in the Hat takes children on a journey of the life cycle of a plant from seed to flower. Readers learn why plants are important, how a seed turns into a plant and how flowers are pollinated. This is a very in-depth book for this age group.
A Seed in Need, by Sam Godwin is a perfect book for preschool and younger.
A ladybug and a snail walk the readers through the plant’s life cycle. Bright watercolor pictures make this book very engaging.
Garden in a Glove activity:
- Latex free Glove
- Five different seeds (try to find larger seeds)
- Five cotton balls
First set out the seeds so that students can explore them. I had Jonnie line them up from largest to smallest.
Next, label the fingers of the glove with the seed names. We used pumpkin, sweet corn, peas, beans, and radish.
Next wet your cotton balls. Squeeze out extra water.
Place your seeds and one cotton ball in the correct fingers. Use a pencil to get the cotton ball all the way down. You will want the seed in the finger tip and the cotton ball covering it.
Finished! Time to watch them grow!
Once the seeds start to sprout you can plant (cotton ball and all) them in some soil. Our radish has started to sprout so we are going to plant them in a bit of soil in an egg carton. When they get bigger, we will transplant them to a larger pot.
If you are longing for Spring time like we are, this is a perfect activity to see something grow and lift your spirits.
Garden in a Glove Lesson Plan by Susan Anderson, MN Ag in the Classroom
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