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Short Story about Plants for Kids

Instructor: Clio Stearns
If you are teaching your students about plants, having good literature for them to work with can make all the difference. This lesson summarizes children's stories about plants.

Reading About Plants

Are you trying to help your students learn more about plants and how they work? Or perhaps you just want your kids to become more interested in and excited about gardening and nature. Whatever your motivation, it can be a great idea to incorporate literature into your work around plants with kids. By reading stories about plants, kids learn more about how they work, as well as the different perspectives people can take on them. Reading about plants is also a nice way for kids to gain more practice with reading and responding to literature; when they read stories about a specific topic, they practice gleaning information from fictional texts. The stories in this lesson will get your students off to a strong start reading about plants.

Plant Stories for Kids

Each of the stories referenced here is followed by a brief summary with an eye toward what the book shows and teaches about plants.

Weslandia by Paul Fleischman

This book tells the story of a boy named Wesley, who does not fit in with his peers and decides to start his own civilization. One of the key features of his civilization is the so-called 'swist' plant, which he discovers and cultivates. Reading about how the swist plant impacts Wesley's life offers important insights into the necessity of plants for human survival, as well as how plants grow and reproduce.

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss

Krauss' classic story tells of a patient child who plants a carrot seed and watches and waits while it grows. The book moves slowly and goes through each stage of a plant's growth and development, and it also explains implicitly how long it can take for a plant to turn into something recognizable.

The Garden by Arnold Lobel

This story is part of the Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel and it is in the book Frog and Toad Together. In this particular story, Frog grows impatient because he has planted a garden and he cannot understand why it is taking so long to grow. He learns about what plants need in order to grow, and at the end, his patience is rewarded. Readers will also learn a little about friendship and advice as they enjoy this charming story.

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

One of the features of this story is the beautiful illustration, which really helps kids understand the innate beauty that is part and parcel of the science of plant growth. The story lets its readers travel alongside a seed, as though the seed is a character facing particular obstacles like wind and dangerous people. Eventually, the seed turns into a flowering plant.

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