Do Plants Really Eat Insects?
Book Category: Nonfiction
Author: Thomas Canavan
Copyright: (2014) Mankato, MN
Summary: This is a nonfiction book about the world of plants. This book includes information and visuals about the different kinds of plants, what they need to do to survive, and how we can help take better care of the plants on planet Earth. The book also discusses the multiple uses, geographic locations, and scientific names for the many different kinds of plants.
Suggested Grade Level: 5
Lexile Level: 830L
Accelerated Reader: 5.8
Suggested Delivery: Small Group Read
Common Core State Standard: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4: Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
5 Key Words to Describe the Book: Factual, Helpful, Realistic, Interesting, Visually Attractive
This website provides more information about the world of plants with interesting facts, images, and hands-on activities: www.biology4kids.com/files/plants_main.html
This website from the USDA Agricultural Research provides additional information, quizzes, and projects about plant life: www.ars.usda.gov/is/kids/
This website provides additional information, numerous visuals, and a video on the process of photosynthesis: http://photosynthesiseducation.com/photosynthesis-for-kids/
Excretion: when a living creature gets rid of waste
Nutrient: something that is eaten to promote health and growth
Vitamin: a nutrient that cannot be produced and must be obtained from other sources
Chlorophyll: a green-colored chemical that plants need for photosynthesis
Photosynthesis: the chemical process that plants use to produce food from water, carbon dioxide, and light
Germinate: to begin growing, especially from a seed
Before, During, After-
Before: Students will fill out a Prior Knowledge Map to find out what they already know about plants. The topic should be written in the circle in the middle of the map and then the boxes surrounding the circle should be filled in with facts or information that they think they already know about plants. This activity will help the students recall any prior knowledge about this topic, which could help their overall comprehension as they are reading. An example of a Prior Knowledge Map can be found here: https://bookhookedsite.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/1319d-cluster_web3-page-001.jpg
During: Students can read this book in small groups and collaborate with one another as they read. They are to complete a graphic organizer that will have them match a new vocabulary word from the book with a picture and the definition of the word. After they have read the book and finished their graphic organizers, the students can discuss their answers with each other and compare their answers. Each group will then have to be ready to share a particular vocabulary word with the rest of the class (the word, its definition, and the picture). An example of this vocabulary matching worksheet can be found here: https://image.slidesharecdn.com/threatstobiodiversityvocabmatchingforbio-131228103237-phpapp01/95/threats-to-biodiversity-key-vocabulary-worksheet-2-638.jpg?cb=1388226896
After: Students will get the opportunity to plant their own plants. This can be a week-long or unit-long activity that enables the students to become more interactive with different kinds of plants. This activity combines reading a nonfiction text with a fun science experiment. They will be able to touch the plants, look at them grow daily, record the plants’ characteristics, and get a better understanding of what different plants look like and do.
Writing Activity- After reading, the students will pick one of the plants discussed in the book. They will further research that particular plant and learn more about it from electronic resources on the Internet. Then, they will be asked to write a report about the plant using the information that they found on the Internet and incorporating the new vocabulary words that they read in the book. The facts that they research and include in their reports may include the plant’s name, a picture of the plant, what the plant does to survive, where the plant originated from, and more.