How Does Your Garden Grow?

By Patricia Peters

Books to Share

And the Good Brown Earth by Kathy Henderson

Busy in the Garden by George Shannon

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming

Up, Down and Around by Katherine Ayres

Vegetable Dreams / Huerto Soñado by Dawn Jeffers

Books to Show or Booktalk

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss

A Gardener's Alphabet by Mary Azarian

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

Zinnia's Flower Garden by Monica Wellington

Bulletin Board

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Cover the bulletin board with green paper. Design a flower. On each flower bloom, write the title of a garden-themed book.



Make Vegetable nametags from the patterns provided in this program.


Oreo Dirt Cake

Bake a cake using the recipe at Cooks,,196,150160-225197,00.html. Decorate the cake with a brand new, washed trowel and plastic flowers. Remove the flowers before serving. Use the trowel to serve the cak into small bowls or cups. Use spoons to "dig in."



(By Patricia Peters)

Dig a hole. (Cup left hand; "dig" with right hand)

Take a seed. (Place right thumb and forefinger together)

Drop it in. (Open over left hand)

Cover it up. (Brush "dirt" over cupped left hand)

Let the sun shine. (Hold arms in circle overhead)

Feel the rain fall. (Wiggle fingers as raindrops falling)

Watch the new plant (Cup left hand)

Grow strong and tall. (Move right hand up and up above left)


Sing "The Garden Song," sometimes called "Inch by Inch," by David Mallett, Lyrics may be found at CD Universe,

Action Rhymes

Here's the Tiny Seed

(By Patricia Peters)

Here's the tiny seed. (Curl into a ball on the floor)

Now it grows some roots. (Move hands along the floor)

Our new plant lifts its head (Lift head and move up to a crouch)

In shiny green shoots.

Now the bright sun warms (Stand up straight with arms over head)

As more shoots reach up high.

Tiny blossoms open up (Open hands slowly to make wide flowers)

As flowers to touch the sky.

Rhymes and Poetry

Mary, Mary Quite Contrary


Mary, Mary, quite contrary,

How does your garden grow?

With silver bells and cockle shells,

And pretty maids all in a row.

Stories to Tell

The Enormous Turnip

Use your favorite version of this traditional tale. Make it a participation story by asking children to join you in saying and mimicking the actions when you say "and they pulled and they tugged and they pulled but the turnip wouldn't budge" (or however your version goes). One version is available as a play from Oxford University Press at, or invite older children to present the story as a reader's theater using the script at Mrs. McGowan's First Grade,


Plant Cycle Book
  • Card stock or white or manila construction paper
  • Markers or crayons
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Hole punch (optional)
  • Yarn (optional)
This is a photo of a handmade book of a sprouting bean sequence. It has holes punched on the left with bright orange and green yarn tied through the holes to hold the book together.


Copy patterns from Enchanted Learning, or onto paper. Use markers or crayons to color the cards. Cut the four cards apart. Place them in order and staple along the left side. Alternately punch two holes along the edge and tie the pages together with yarn.

The children may make their cards into mobiles. Use a holepunch to punch holes in the top of the cards. Hang the cards from a hanger or rod with yarn. Be sure to secure each piece of yarn to the rod with tape.

This is a photo of a mobile that has been made with four sprouting bean sequence views. Each card is attached to a wooden dowel with bright colored yarn from a punched hole in the corner of the card. The cards are hanging at varying levels.

Craft Materials

Vegetable Nametag Pattern

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A page of vegetable nametag patterns. Two tomatoes and two stocks of broccoli.


Texas Reading Club 2011 Programming Manual / Dig Up a Good Book!

Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011