Literacy Text Set: PLANTS Jenna Lundy

Rationale: This text set is intended for second grade students.This is an important topic to teach because it is important to know how plants grow. Having a collection of different books and media in this text set will help the students to understand and comprehend the subject.
  • Author: Dianna Hutts Aston
  • Illustrator: Sylvia Long
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books
  • ISBN: 9781452133140
  • Pages: 40
  • Genre: Visual/Illustrated
  • Summary: This is a great book about seeds and the plants that come from them. Each page gives a different characteristic of the seed and then goes on to explain the role and function it has in the plants growth. Rather than just touching on one type of seed or plant it focuses on many different types.

Teaching Points:

  • Standard: RI.2.7 – Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text
  • Objective: Students will create their own diagrams of a seed embryo.
  • 5 Reading First: Comprehension
  • Six Areas: Visually Representing
  • Support: Students will use the diagram in the book of the seed embryo to make their own seed embryo. This will help them further understand the different parts of the seed and the special roles of each part.
  • Author: Helene J. Jordan
  • Illustrator: Loretta Krupinski
  • Publisher: Harper Collins
  • ISBN: 9780064451079
  • Pages: 32
  • Genre: Visual/Illustrated
  • Summary: This is a perfect book that goes through the steps of seed growth. It talks about a lot of different kinds of seeds as well. It goes through an experiment of growing a seed and talks about it step by step, where it also touches on what plants need in order to grow and how you should take care of them.

Teaching Points:

  • Standard: SL.2.4 –Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.
  • Objective: Students will write and illustrate their own short story detailing the steps of the growth of a bean seed from observing their own seed grow.
  • 5 Reading First: Writing
  • Six Areas: Reading Comprehension Strategies
  • Support: This book goes in detail the steps of the growth of a bean seed. The class will make their own bean plants and watch them grow. Students will write their own short story describing the steps. They will make illustrations based of their observations of their own bean plant.
  • Author: Eric Carle
  • Illustrator: Eric Carle
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • ISBN: 9780887081552
  • Pages: 40
  • Genre: Visual/Illustrated
  • Summary: This book illustrates the journey of a seed. It starts out in autumn and goes through the obstacles a seed may encounter whether it is the seasons changing or hungry animals. provides a good perspective on how the seasons effect seed growth.

Teaching Points:

  • Standard: SL.2.1 – Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • Objective: Students will be able to discuss how the seasons effect the seed and what other challenges a seed might face.
  • 5 Reading First: Reading Comprehension Strategies
  • Six Areas: Speaking
  • Support: The teacher will read this book to the class and then the students will discuss in small groups how different seasons may effect seed growth and then they will share their ideas with the rest of the class. Students could also discuss other challenges that a seed might face throughout its journey of becoming a plant.

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  • Author: Daniel R. Pagan
  • Illustrator: Daniel R. Pagan
  • Length: 5:21
  • Genre: Media
  • Summary: About a seed named Sid who is afraid to go outside. All of his friends decide it is time to grow and see the world and Sid became lonely. He began to convince himself that it was time that he grew too! Then goes through the steps of seed growth as Sid grows in a fun way.

Teaching Points:

  • Standard: SL.2.2 – Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
  • Objective: Students will create graphic organizer of Sid the seeds growth
  • 5 Reading First: Reading Comprehension Skills
  • Six Areas: Critical Thinking
  • Support: Students will watch this video and be filling out the graphic organizer as Sid the seed grows throughout the video. This will help them further understand the different steps of the growth of a plant.
  • Author: Neil Ardley
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P
  • ISBN: 0152005862
  • Pages: 29
  • Genre: Non-Fiction
  • Summary: This book goes into details about how different kinds of plants grow including the ones that we can eat.

Teaching Points:

  • Standard: RI.2.6 – Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.
  • Objective: Students will work together to discuss the key points this book has pointed out about the way things grow.
  • 5 Reading First: Comprehension Reading Strategies
  • Six Areas: Speaking
  • Support: It is important for students to discuss the main point of a topic or literary piece. This book is full of key information that is useful for them to discuss.
  • Author: Vijaya Khisty Bodach
  • Publisher: Pebble Plus
  • ISBN: 1429650583
  • Pages: 24
  • Genre: Non-Fiction
  • Summary: This book focuses on the parts of the plant and how the plant changes through the seasons. It introduces what photosynthesis is and shows different types of leaves. There are real photographed pictures to go along with the text.

Teaching Points:

  • Standard: RI.2.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 2 topic or subject area.
  • Objective: Students will collaborate and write out the meaning of photosynthesis
  • 5 Reading First: Reading Comprehension Skills
  • Six Areas: Speaking
  • Support: It is important for students to be familiar with what photosynthesis is and how it effects the plants growth. By discussing photosynthesis students will also be discovering the different parts of the plant.
  • Author: Vijaya Khisty Bodach
  • Publisher: Pebble Plus
  • ISBN: 1429650591
  • Pages: 24
  • Genre: Non-Fiction
  • Summary: This story goes into detail about the part of the plant that is the roots. It talks about the different parts of the roots and also the plants different uses for the roots.

Teaching Points:

  • Standard: RI.2.5 – Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.
  • Objective: Students will be able to identify what roots are and why they are an important part of plants
  • 5 Reading First: Vocabulary Development
  • Six Areas: Critical Thinking
  • Support: Students will build on to their important plant vocabulary words. They will have their own plant flip book that has important words that have to do with plants and their life cycle. Students add to their flip book as they learn a new word. This book introduces the vocabulary word "root".
  • Author: Bonnie Worth
  • Illustrator: Aristides Ruiz
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN: 0375810951
  • Pages: 48
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Summary: With the help of his friends, Thing 1 and Thing 2, The Cat in the Hat discovers various parts of plants, seeds, and flowers. He also discovers the basics of photosynthesis and pollination basic photosynthesis and pollination.

Teaching Points:

  • Standard: W.2.2 – Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section
  • Objective: Students will be able to describe Pollination and why it is important to the plant life cycle
  • 5 Reading First: Vocabulary Development
  • Six Areas: Writing
  • Support: After the teacher reads this book the students will write out the steps of pollination and describe how it helps the plant in a descriptive paragraph. They will use this text for reference of needed.
  • Author: Sam Godwin
  • Illustrator: Simone Abel
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
  • ISBN: 0750024976
  • Pages: 31
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Summary: This story illustrates the growth of a plant from seed to full flower with the help of a ladybird and snail. The lady bird learns how a plant grows, dies and how its seeds are planted to grow again the next year.

Teaching Points:

  • Standard: SL.2.2 – Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
  • Objective: Students will describe how a plant regrows after it dies to continue the plant life cycle.
  • 5 Reading First: Reading Comprehension Strategies
  • Six Areas: Speaking
  • Support: It is important for students to know the life of a plant is a cycle and that it continues over and over when seeds get planted. This book is good for this because it touches on this concept.
  • Author: Mary Batten
  • Illustrator: Paul Mirocha
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN: 0375825339
  • Pages: 48
  • Genre: Non-Fiction
  • Summary: Tells us about carnivorous plants like the venus flytrap and the sundew plant. Shows us the life of hungry plants.

Teaching Points:

  • Standard: W.2.2 – Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
  • Objective: Students will be able to identify a carnivorous plant
  • 5 Reading First: Reading Comprehension Strategies
  • Six Areas: Writing
  • Support: Students will choose their favorite carnivorous plant and the write as well as illustrate the life of that plant. Including what it eats and how it eats. Students will use this text for reference!

Credits:

Created with images by andrewmalone - "Plant" • www.metaphoricalplatypus.com - "Tomato Plants" • LoggaWiggler - "narcissus white flower" • LoggaWiggler - "mammoth sheet gunnera manicata giant rhubarb" • hajj2006 - "plant leaves" • vinodvv aka vcube - "plants" • stevendepolo - "Mint Leaves 8-25-09 -- IMG_0107" • Alice Henneman - "Basil plants" • the Italian voice - "Hot pepper plants" • Kumaravel - "Betel Leaf (Piper Betle)" • moonlightbulb - "Venus fly trap"

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