How Groundhog's Garden Grew

by Lynne Cherry


Intended Grade Level: 3rd and 4th grade

Website created by Jeanna Collins


Materials Needed:


Book Summary: Groundhog is eating fresh vegetables from his neighbors’ gardens because he does not know how to grow his own garden. Squirrel decides to help Groundhog learn how to plant a garden. Squirrel teaches Groundhog how to garden over an entire year by gathering seeds in the fall, storing them in the winter, planting the seeds in the spring, and weeding and watering them in the summer. Groundhog’s garden flourishes and he eats fresh vegetables from his own garden all summer long. In the fall, Groundhog decides to invite his friends to a Thanksgiving dinner.


Author Biography: Lynne Cherry is a conservationist whose books inspire environmentally friendly projects. She is the bestselling author and illustrator of over thirty award winning books for young readers, many of them concerning environmental issues. She hopes to get children excited about the prospect of exploring nature so that they will go outside and explore the natural world. She lectures to educators the importance of integrating nature into the curriculum to make learning more relevant for students. To find out more about the author, go to her official website.

Complete the following activities, in the order as they are listed, to help you explore and expand the book How Groundhog's Garden Grew.

Print off the GRADING RUBRIC before starting the activities. (Be sure to read the rubric so you know what is expected of you.)

Pre-reading Activities:

Activity 1: 

KWL chart

Activity 2:


~Afterwards, check out some interesting facts about groundhogs at Havahart!


During Reading Activities:

Activity 3:

Groundhog's Gardening Journal

Activity 4:

My Vocabulary List


Post-reading Activities:

Activity 5:

Print off the sequencing worksheet from the link below.

Sequence of Events

1.) Follow the directions and put the events in order as they happed in Lynne Cherry's book How Groundhog's Garden Grew.

2.) Number the events from 1 to 10 with 1 being the first thing that happened and 10 being the last.

Activity 6:

Postcards for Groundhog

Assessment of your Work:

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