Sunday, May 13, 2007

Plant Theme Lesson Plans and Activities

Recommended Book
The book that I would recommend to be the most valuable to use in conjunction with the Plant Theme would be "The Tiny Seed" by Eric Carle. His books have a remarkable way of telling a story that children love to hear and his ability to integrate learning concepts is outstanding. This story tells how a tiny seed traveled and escaped landing in an area where it couldn't grow. This book introduces the concept of how a seed requires certain growing conditions before becoming a plant and it does this in a fun and entertaining manner. Click on the title to read reviews.

Follow-up Craft Activity
Children can trace their foot on brown construction paper and cut it out. Facial features can be added to represent the tiny seed. The story could be acted out.

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Kindergarten and Preschool Activities

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Plant Theme Lesson Plans and Activities

Informational Content Book
The book "From Seed to Plant" by Gail Gibbons is a very good book to use to introduce information on different seed types, parts of plants, how new plants are produced, how seeds travel, what a seed needs to grow and how to raise bean plants. Young children may find some of the concepts introduced somewhat difficult to understand but the pictures provide a very good explanation. This book could be broken down into sections depending on what concept you want the children to understand. Click on the title of the book for reviews on it.

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Plant Theme Activities and Lesson Plan Ideas

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Plant Theme Lesson Plans and Activities

Focus on Trees
No Plant theme would be complete without discussing the importance of trees. Two books that I would recommend that nicely introduce the concept of the value of trees are:

1. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

2. The Growing Up Tree by Rosenberry

Both books lend themselves to discussion on the importance of trees. Click on the titles to read the book reviews.

This could be followed-up by doing leaf rubbings or making a friendship tree found in the link

Friendship Tree

In the link below you will find "catch the seed game". The children must move the bucket to catch the seeds.

Computer Game

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Plant Theme Lesson Plans and Activities

When teaching children about the different parts of a plant and how we use these for a food source, the book "Tops and Bottoms" by Janet Stevens would be a good book to read in conjunction with introducing this concept. The children will not only enjoy the story but the pictures offer a wonderful opportunity to look at a variety of vegetables and what parts of the plant we eat. Click on the title of the story for more information about the book.

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