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How does our garden grow?

Garden Plant Needs


Welcome to our World of Wonders Series! This page is perfect for learning about what plants need to thrive. Get ready to learn about cause and effect and structure and function as we explore Life Science concepts. Start with our welcome video – join us and sing along.


Welcome to Hidden Villa! Did you check for your farm tools?


Your farm tools for touching, smelling, feeling, looking, and tasting are very important for exploring the world around you. Lets learn more about how we can use our farm tools to make observations, ask questions, and make connections.



I Notice, I Wonder…

Lets practice using our prompts!

1. First make observations using, “I notice…”

2. Now lets ask some questions about an object using, “I wonder…”

3. Finally lets pull everything together and make some connections using, “it reminds me of…”

These are the essential tools of a scientist!

Explore Click here for more our Student Guide that includes questions, resources and activities about this topic!



Now it is time to dive into our theme:


“How does our garden grow?”

Garden Plant Needs


Teacher guides for each video are located at the bottom of this page.




​Welcome to the Garden

When walking through a garden, we should stay on the paths so that we keep ourselves and the plants safe. Also, we want to make sure to have slow, safe bodies. It is fun to use our five senses or “built-in tools” to explore the garden: looking tools, smelling tools, hearing tools, touching tools, and tasting tools.

Deeper Dig Click here for more questions, resources and activities about this topic!



Six Plant Parts Song

Sing along with us as we learn the six plant parts song!

What is an example of…

a root you can eat?

a stem you can eat?

leaves you can eat?

flowers you can eat?

a fruit you can eat?

seeds you can eat?



Plant Needs and Chores

All living things have certain needs in order to survive. Plants and animals have some similar needs, like both needing water to survive, but they also have many differences. Plants need sunlight for energy, soil for nutrients, and space to grow. The reason we do garden chores is to make sure that all the plants’ needs are met, and we can grow healthy plants to eat.

Deeper Dig Click here for more questions, resources and activities about this topic!



Why do we weed?

Weeding is important because weeds compete with other plants for resources like water, nutrients and space. In an organic garden, like the one at Hidden Villa, weeds have to be picked by hand because we don’t use chemicals to kill them.



Dig into Compost

At Hidden Villa, we value our soil and make sure we do everything we can to create a healthy soil system. One way we can create healthy soil is by composting. When we compost we are using the help of all the organisms in the compost, which we call the FBI. The FBI also benefits as it eats the leftover plant matter and animal waste and turns it into healthy soil.

Deeper Dig Click here for more questions, resources and activities about this topic!



What is next?


Have you investigated the questions and activities within your student guides?


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Teacher’s Corner


Dear Teachers and Parents/Guardians using these resources,

We have made students guides for many of our W.O.W. Video series. Each student guide contains a section called:

  • “Know it all” meant as a comprehension corner with questions that have varying levels of difficulty related to the video.
  • “Digging Deeper” that will include links and resources to learn more about the topic(s) addressed in the video.
  • ”Try it” through a variety of activities meant to encourage learning away from the computer. These may be observation activities, crafts, games, writing prompts, or other creative activities supporting NGSS and video topics.

In creating these guides our intention was to allow a scope of options for educators to choose from that will best support their learners’ needs. Stay tuned for the roll out of our Student Worksheets. 


I Notice…


Welcome to the Garden


Help that Garden!


Dig into Compost


We hope you enjoyed these videos and the experience of learning at Hidden Villa from your own home! Consider supporting Hidden Villa by making a donation.