Literacy in a Garden
Literacy can grow in a garden. Gardening is a high interest topic for many students. Planning a garden, working in a garden and visiting a garden involve literacy skills.
Learning materials with garden themes are available. You can start with some of the following:
Alix works in a garden centre – a selection from Best of the Reader, Jobs
BC Reads: Adult Literacy Fundamental English – Reader 1 – Nine original stories about healing, discovery, survival relationships, justice and connections to the land explored through the lens of the plant world
Breakthrough: Parks and Gardens* – a collection of articles about visiting botanical gardens, from the Douglas College iCare program
Community Gardens in The Active Reader: Book 5*– a reading selection with activities
Gardening* – a Grass Roots Press photostory
How to make compost at home – An article from The Westcoast Reader, including audio and exercises
Plant a herb garden – An article from The Westcoast Reader, including audio and exercises
Start a container garden – An article from The Westcoast Reader
Alphabet Garden Theme: Creating An Alphabet Garden With Kids – ideas for designing an alphabet garden
Breaking News English Lesson: Botanic Gardens* – a news story written at four different levels with activities
English ESL gardening worksheets
The Garden Classroom: Hands-on activities in math, science, literacy, and art* – activities designed for children 4-8; useful for family literacy programs
Garden Math*- math word problems in a gardening context
Garden-Based Learning for Language and Literacy – using seed packets as environmental print and more
Gardening Show – listening quiz from Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab
Green fingers – a lesson plan from BBC Teaching English
Kayo’s Vegetable Garden – video and quiz from ESL video
The Learning Garden: Literacy and Numeracy in a College Courtyard* – curriculum from Vancouver Community College
Taking Family Literacy to the Garden – ideas from NWT Literacy Council
Do you teach idioms? Have you noticed that many idioms have garden and plant themes? Find an extensive list in Bumper crop of gardening idioms for you to pick from.
*Resources marked with an asterisk can be borrowed from the Decoda Library. Email email@example.com to request a loan.
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