by Paul Fleischman
Seedfolks is a great book for teaching about community and community gardens in the classroom. The book does have some mature concepts. I use this book as a read aloud at the beginning of the year. These graphic organizers are for students to use to help build comprehension. I have the students make a book with a page for each character. After I read a section aloud, I display the portrait from the book using the document camera. The oval in the middle of the graphic organizer is for students to draw their own portrait of each character. Then the students search for text evidence to help answer each of the questions on the graphic organizer. I save the section on what the character learned from participating in the garden until the end because you learn more about each character from other character’s perspectives. I also included a picture for a diagram of the garden. The students can use the information from the story to show where each character’s garden plot would be located and what they would grow. To create the cover, you can have students cut images from grocery flyers or magazines and make a collage.