My First Book About How Things Grow
Brooks, F., Young, C. & Wood, H. (n.d.) Usborne
Picture and reference book about how to identify seasons, how to grow vegetables, fruits, nuts, trees, and the learning the parts of a plant.
Quantitative Reading Level:
Suggested ages:4 to 8
Grade levels: K-4th grade
Qualitative Reading Analysis:
Book is organized in to sections beginning with “Things that grow” and ends with a quiz. The sections have a chronological order from a seed to a flower, seasons, trees, fruits, vegetables and games.
A lot of information that may lose the interest of younger readers although not a lot of challenging vocabulary.
This book does an excellent job of explaining the whole process of growing things from seeds and how the season affect plants.
To teach readers about plants, seasons, and all the edible items that can be grown from seeds.
This book matches the Quantitative Level recommendations at it balances visuals with information about the growing process.
Science: growing, seasons, plant anatomy
Content Area Standard:
English Language Arts Standards » Reading: Informational Text
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.
A great way to learn about growing something edible or a flower by reading over the book a section at a time and using each section to prepare to grow something from a seed. Small groups or a class project.
Links to supporting digital content:
Desperate House Plants -Sesame Street http://www.sesamestreet.org/videos#media/video_1c104d18-4142-11dd-a2c3-4d6bdc929d13
Interactive game of seed gathering-PBS Kids http://pbskids.org/plumlanding/games/seed_racer/index.html
Science: Life Science
Plant anatomy, seasons, seeds, trees, fruits, vegetables and growing.