Grade Level: 1–3
ATOS Reading Level: 2.0
Lexile Level: AD 490L (Adult Directed)
Help K-5 students answer this essential question (and meet the Common Core State Standards) with the Teaching STEM lesson plans for this mentor text: Planting the Wild Garden by Kathryn Galbraith.
Essential Question: How are seeds spread to different places?
Unit Summary: Students will examine the essential question, “How are seeds spread to different places?” They will listen to the book as you read and notice the different ways seeds are spread. Together, the class will create a chart to name the different ways seeds are spread. From this chart, students will work with a graphic organizer that develops the concept and helps them remember how seeds are spread in nature.
The Library Activity begins on p. 49. The collaborative teacher activity begins on p. 50.
1. Plant corn seeds and bean seeds. Observe their
growth as they sprout and measure the size
each day. Make a line graph to illustrate their
growth over three weeks.
2. Have the students bring in seeds they can find
at home and around their homes. Group the
seeds into wild seeds and seeds that people
plant. Display the seeds.
3. After reading the book, have the students write a short description of the main idea of the book. Use the phrase, “I am a scientist. I know that _________.”