Welcome to Pre-K !
In April we are learning all about : PLANTS
Welcome to Unit 8: Plants, Pre-K for All’s eighth Interdisciplinary Unit of Study. In Unit 8: Plants, children move from exploring the properties and uses of water to observing and learning about different kinds of plants. This unit, like all Pre-K for All units, provides opportunities for children to observe objects and phenomena in their environment with increasing complexity, and apply knowledge and skills learned in previous units. Activities throughout the unit prompt children to learn about plants through hands-on explorations and provide opportunities to observe plants in their immediate environment.
We Are Learning All About:
Essential Question How do plants grow and why are they important?
Focus Questions • What are plants?
What do plants need and where do we find them?
• What are some different kinds of plants?
• Why are plants important?
Enduring understandings that the student should have by the end of the unit:
• Plants are living things; every part of a plant has an important function.
• Plants grow from seeds and need water, nutrients and light to live.
• Plants are all around us.
• There are many different types of plants.
• Plants are important for many reasons.
Connected Academic Vocabulary
botanist botany bouquet branch bud bulb bush cactus compost courtyard dirt edible environment evergreen fabric farm farmer field floral arrangement florist flower food forester fruit garden gardener grass greenhouse ground grow habitat harvest herbs landscape lawn leaves medicine nature nursery nutrients park patio petals plant pollen rain roots seaweed seed seedling shade shelter soil sprinkler sprout stem succulent sunlight terrarium tree trunk vegetables vegetarian vegetation vine water water lily watering can weeds wood yard
Supporting Text for Water Unit
Bee-bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park: A hungry KoreanAmerican
child tells about helping her mother make
a traditional Korean dish.
*The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss: Everyone thinks
the seed won’t grow except for the young boy who
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr: Can
the whole alphabet fit in the coconut tree?
Cooking With Sunshine: How Plants Make Food by
Ellen Lawrence: Explore the process of
photosynthesis and how it powers the lives of
Composting: Nature’s Recyclers by Robin Koontz:
Dive in to composting!
Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A
to Z by Lois Ehlert: An alphabetic introduction to
fruits and vegetables from around the world.
Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move by JoAnn Early
Macken: A gust of wind lifts a maple seed, sending it
spinning like a shiny green helicopter through the
sky. Where will it land?
Flowers are Calling by Rita Gray: Flowers are calling
to the animals of the forest.
*Food from Farms by Nancy Dickmann: There are
many different farms which produce many different
types of food.
From Flower to Honey by Robin Nelson: Follow each
step in the production of honey.
From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons: Explore the
intricate relationship between seeds and the plants
From Wheat to Bread by Stacy Taus-Bolstad: An
introduction to the process of making bread from
Go, Go, Grapes! A Fruit Chant by April Pulley Sayre:
Celebrate the joy of healthy eating.
Green Kid’s Guide to Composting by Richard Lay:
How to make a compost bin and use compost to
fertilize a garden without the use of chemicals.
Green Kid’s Guide to Watering by Richard Lay: How
to plant seeds in a raised bed and keep it properly
*Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert: A father
and child plant a family garden.
*How a Seed Grows by Helene J. Jordan: How does
a tiny acorn grow into an enormous oak tree?
How Does a Seed Sprout? And Other Questions
About Plants by Melissa Stewart: A virtual garden of
information on seeds and plants.
If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson: Small acts can
have great power.
Let’s Go Nuts! Seeds We Eat by April Pulley Sayre:
What do nuts, beans, grains and even some spices
have in common?
The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone: No one wants
to help the Little Red Hen make the cake but
everyone wants to eat it!
Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn: After Lola
reads a book about garden poems she wants to
plant some flowers.
Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas by
Molly Bang: A picture of the life cycles and food
chains deep within our oceans.
Plants Feed Me by Lizzy Rockwell: Explore the
edible parts of plants such as leaves, flowers, stems,
roots and seeds.
*Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert: A guide to
understanding how to plant bulbs, seeds and
seedlings as well as nurture their growth.
Poetrees by Douglas Florian: A poetic exploration of
Rah, Rah, Radishes! A Vegetable Chant by April
Pulley Sayre: Veggies take the stage in a rollicking
ode to healthy eating.
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert: An
introduction to the life of a tree.
Seeds by Ken Robbins: Learn how seeds grow as
well as how they vary in shape, size and dispersal
A Seed Is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston: An
informative look at the intricate, complex and often
surprising world of seeds.
Seed to Plant by Kristin Baird Rattini: See how
Seed to Plant by Lisa M. Herrington: The bright,
giant sunflower begins as a tiny black seed.
So Happy! by Kevin Henkes: There once was a boy, a
rabbit, a magic seed and a book…