Picture Book: Science


My First Book About How Things Grow

Bibliographic information:

Brooks, F., Young, C. & Wood, H. (n.d.) Usborne

Plot description:

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:

Beginning Readers

Suggested ages:4 to 8

Grade levels: K-4th grade

Lexile: 200L-400L

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.

Language demands:

A lot of information that may lose the interest of younger readers although not a lot of challenging vocabulary.

Knowledge demands:

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.

Content Area:

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.

Curriculum suggestions:

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:

See how a deciduous tree changes through the year
Click on “Science in Motion”. http://activities.macmillanmh.com/science/ca/grade1/g1_ch5.html

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.





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