Gardeners at Work

Gardeners at Work lesson plan

  • 1.

    Integrate language learning, motor skills, dramatic play, and visual arts. Watch gardeners and greenhouse workers at their jobs. Dig in soil. Plant seeds (see Growing, Growing). Start a compost pile.

  • 2.

    For a change of place, do this activity outdoors on picnic tables.

  • 3.

    Copy this poem on poster board (older children could write it). Read it along with children. I dig, dig, dig and plant some seeds. I rake, rake, rake and pull some weeds. I wait, wait, wait and soon I know My garden sprouts start to grow.

  • 4.

    Listen to the poem’s words. Move in different ways to dig, plant, rake, pull weeds, wait, and sprout.

  • 5.

    Which is your favorite part of a gardener’s work? What colors do you see? What do you smell in a garden? What textures do you feel?

  • 6.

    With Crayola® Construction Paper™ Crayons, draw your impressions of a garden or gardener on white construction paper.


  • Asking Questions
  • Listening
  • Talking
  • Vocabulary
  • Physical: Balance
  • Physical: Large Motor
  • Physical: Small Muscles
  • Social & Emotional: Pretend Play
  • Thinking: Creating
  • Thinking: Understanding Concepts