From Seed to Plant | Plant Life Cycle Activities Close Reading

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From Seed to Plant Close Reading Activities

Looking to incorporate your plants and plant life cycle science curriculum and reading together? This close reading unit is the perfect addition to your plant life cycle unit or spring activities!

This 5-day unit is designed around the book, "From Seed to Plant” written by Gail Gibbons. It is designed to be used as a close reading routine, each day building on the previous day’s reading and at the end, students work to respond and create based on the text. Although it was designed this way, the unit does not have to be used this way in your classroom.

Perfect for building a better understanding of plant life cycles


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Pack Includes:

  • Lesson Plans- A five-day lesson plan outline with suggestions of ideas for a close reading routine of the book and daily writing.

  • Plant Question Cards- After reading the book, use these question cards to check for basic understanding of the text. Questions range from level 1-3 on Webb’s Depth of Knowledge scale.

  • Plant Main Idea- Students work to identify the main idea and details on the text

  • Plant Life Cycle Cut and Past-Students work to show how a seed grows into a plant.

  • Plant from Beginning to End- Students work on understanding scientific processes with this written version on plant's life cycle.

  • Plant Text Features- Students understand how text features work to help the reader understand the information presented in the text.

  • 3D Diagrams- students create their own plant diagram using foam shapes. Includes grading rubric

  • Simple and Complex Sentences- Help your students understand how to combine simple sentences to create more complex and interesting sentences. Includes 3 practice sheets and answer keys.

  • Simple and Complex Interactive Poster- print this large poster to use during your lesson. Perfect for recording student answers.

  • Complex Sentence Triangle craft- students create their own simple sentences, then combine them to make a complex sentence, then illustrate with this fun and engaging activity!

  • Plant Writings- Four writing prompts based on the book and one general writing paper. Includes self-check rubrics. Perfect for an end of unit assessment!

  • My Plant Grows- Flower craft that students can make the flower grow. Use to decorate student’s writings.

  • Plant Writing Lettering- Use as a title for a bulletin board showcasing your kiddos’ Writings.


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Total Pages
47 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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