Botany

Recommended Read-Alouds

Some of the lessons include optional read-aloud storybooks that may be read to the children at any point during the lesson. The lessons include all of the information necessary for the children to learn and understand the unit concepts. The optional read-aloud books are suggested as additional information to complement the unit if you choose. Note: Not all lessons have suggested read-alouds.

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Lesson 2 – Plant Life Cycle

 
From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons

Nonfiction

Interest level K-4


Lesson 4 – Seeds


A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long

Nonfiction

Interest level K-6


If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson

Fiction

Interest level K-4


In a Nutshell by Joseph Anthony

Nonfiction

Interest level K-4


Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move by JoAnn Early Macken

Nonfiction

Interest level K-5


Green Bean! Green Bean! by Patricia Thomas

Nonfiction

Interest level K-2


Plants Can’t Sit Still by Rebecca E. Hirsch

Nonfiction

Interest level K-5


Plant Secrets by Emily Goodma

Nonfiction

Interest level K-3


The Dandelion Seed by Joseph Anthony

Nonfiction

Interest level K-4


The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

Fiction

Interest level K-4


Sunflower House by Eve Bunting

Nonfiction

Interest level K-3


Lesson 5 – Flowers Part 1


A Fruit is a Suitcase for Seeds by Jean Richards

Nonfiction

Interest level K-2


From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons

Nonfiction

Interest level K-4


The Fruits We Eat by Gail Gibbons

Nonfiction

Interest level K-5
 


How Do Apples Grow? by Betsy Maestro

Nonfiction

Interest level K-6



What is Pollination? by Bobbie Kalman

Nonfiction

Interest level 2-6


Tiger on the Mountain
by Shirley L. Arora

Fiction

Interest level 5-8


Lesson 6 – Flowers Part 2


Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

Biography

Interest level K-6


The Gardener by Sarah Stewart

Fiction

Interest level K-6


The Flower Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta

Nonfiction

Interest level K-6


Lesson 8 – Photosynthesis


Lesson 11 – Growing Plants


Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner

Nonfiction

Interest level K-4


The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

Fiction

Interest level K-6


Lesson 12 – Trees


Trees & Their World by
Carrol Lane Fenton and Dorothy Constance
Pallas

Nonfiction

Interest Level 5+


A Tree for All Seasons by Robin Bernard

Nonfiction

Interest level K-2


A Tree is A Plant by Clyde Robert Bulla

Nonfiction

Interest level K-3


Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa by Jeanette Winter

Biography

Interest level K-4


Desert Giant: The World of the Saguaro Cactus by Barbara Bash

Nonfiction

Interest level K-6

 
 
 
 
 
Cactuses by Allan Fowler

Nonfiction

Interest level K-4

Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai by Claire A. Nivola

Biography

Interest level K-6


The Busy Tree by Jennifer Ward

Nonfiction

Interest level K-2


The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Fiction

Interest level K-5
 
 
 
 
 
 
Trees, Leaves & Bark (Take-Along Guides) by Diane L. Burns

Nonfiction

Interest level K-6


Be a Friend to Trees by Patricia Lauber

Nonfiction

Interest level K-4


We Planted a Tree by Diane Muldrow

Fiction

Interest level K-4


Lesson 13- Poisonous and Carnviorous Plants


Eaten Alive by Kathleen Honda and Makoto Honda

Nonfiction

Interest level 2-6


Plants Bite Back! by Richard Platt

Nonfiction

Interest level 2-6


Scary Plants! by Janet Lawler

Nonfiction

Interest level K-6


Poisonous, Smelly, and Amazing Plants by Zondervan

Nonfiction

Interest level K-3


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