Plants are All Around Us-How Plants Grow Literacy Task


Activity Description: 

Students observe plants in their neighborhood and classroom and discover how books provide factual information about real life things, like plants.


The purpose of this task is to encourage a written response (a combination of drawing, writing, and dictating) to informational texts through group activities and with prompting and support. 

Educational Standards: 

ELA Common Core Standards: 

PK.RI.10 With prompting and support, actively engage in group. 

PK.RI.1 With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about details in a text.

PK.W.2 With prompting and support, use a combination of drawing, dictating, or writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.

Pre-Activity Prep: 
  • Suggested implementation is a whole group read aloud followed by a small group, centers-based read aloud. 
  • It’s recommended that teachers re-read the story at least once to each student individually or in small groups before prompting them to respond on paper. 

Informational Text: From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons 

Writing Response Materials: 

  • A variety of crayons, markers, and other writing tools. 
  • Choices of large and small paper, blank sheets, and the written response template. 
  • Chart paper, blank or with Know-Wonder-Learn (K-W-L) columns. 

Additional Materials 

  • A variety of seeds 
  • Specimen jars 
  • Magnifying glasses 
  • Clipboards with paper
15-20 minute time blocks across 3-5 days
The New York City Department of Education via OERCommons,