In the Garden
2nd Grade Oral Language Resources
Children will:• Learn about the concept of gardening.
• Access prior knowledge and build background about tools for gardening.
• Explore and apply the concept of what a garden needs to how to help a garden grow.
Children will:• Demonstrate an understanding of gardening.
• Orally use words that describe how to help a garden grow.
• Extend oral vocabulary by talking about why we grow gardens.
• Use key concept words [hoeing, weeding, picking, insects, sprout, fertilizer, herbs].
Explain• Use the slideshow to review the key concept words.
• Explain that children are going to learn about:
• What a garden is.
• How to plant a garden.
• How to keep a garden healthy.
• What we can do with plants from a garden.
Model• After the host introduces the slideshow, point to the photo on screen. Ask children: What do you see in this picture? (a mother and a son, a garden, a watering can). How might they take care of their garden? (water the garden, weed the garden).
• Proceed to the next slide. Ask children: Why do plants need soil? (so they stay in place, for nutrients).
• Say: There are many different kinds of gardens. What are some reasons that people grow gardens? (to grow vegetables, to grow herbs, to grow beautiful flowers).
Guided Practice• Guide children through the next two slides, showing the plants from a garden. Always have the children talk about what gardens can be used for.
Apply• Have children play the games that follow. Have them discuss with their partner the different topics that appear during the Talk About It feature.
• After the first game, ask children to talk about how they would take care of a garden and help them learn more about the garden tools they're interested in. After the second game, have them discuss what they would grow in a garden.
Close• Ask children: Would you like to grow a garden? Explain.
• Summarize for children that a garden is an area where we can grow flowers, vegetables, or herbs. If we take care of a garden, the plants grow well. Encourage children to think about reasons that people have gardens.