Activity time: 10 minutes
Materials for Activity
- A copy of the story "One Flower in a Field"
- Handout 1, Plant Facts
- Optional: Newsprint, markers and tape
Preparation for Activity
- Familiarize yourself with the story.
- Print out Handout 1 for all participants or write facts on newsprint and post.
Description of Activity
Gather participants. Read or tell the story. Then, process with these questions:
- Why do you think the hedgehog did not water his flower?
- Did you think it was right for the rabbit to help the flower that needed water?
- How could the rabbit have helped the hedgehog understand that he was not caring for the flower very well?
- Why do you think all the flowers got brighter in the field?
- Have you ever been responsible for a plant?
- Is it sometimes difficult to care for plants? Why or why not?
Distribute Handout 1, Plant Facts, or indicate the plant facts you have posted. Lead a discussion to highlight plants' roles in the interdependent web of life.
Conclude by saying, in your own words:
It makes sense to protect and care for plants. And, we all have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants and gardens. Nurturing plants is not something we automatically know how to do. We can learn by trying it ourselves, with help from other people, books or websites.