Do Plants Really Eat Insects?

Do Plants Really Eat Insects?

Book Category: Nonfiction
Author: Thomas Canavan
Copyright: (2014) Mankato, MN
Publisher: Arcturus
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
Electronic Resources:
  1. This website provides more information about the world of plants with interesting facts, images, and hands-on activities:
  2. This website from the USDA Agricultural Research provides additional information, quizzes, and projects about plant life:
  3. This website provides additional information, numerous visuals, and a video on the process of photosynthesis:
Key Vocabulary:
  • 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
Teaching Suggestions:
  1. 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:

  • 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.
  1. 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.

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