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The Reason For A Flower

Elementary

Description

Poetic prose and bright cheerful illustrations will captivate the attention of young children as they learn all about flowers.  This book teaches students that flowers are so much more than being pretty to look at.  They will discover the meanings behind such interesting botanical terms like angiosperm and stamen.  Students will also learn about the process of pollination and seed production.  Finally, one of the most important messages communicated by this book is that the world has an amazing diversity of plants, many of which benefit humans.  Thus we should all care about the remarkable plant species that provide us with much of our food and other products we use.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

For very young students this book would make an excellent starting point for a unit on plants. If live specimens are available students could use their senses to describe and identify different types of flowers mentioned in the book. They could also grow their own flowering plants such as sunflowers, and describe the changes that occur as the plant grows. Students could also investigate seeds by examining fruits and vegetables.

Older students could use this book as an introduction to a unit on plant growth and function. They could identify the parts of a flower from live specimens and diagram the flower using the book as a guide. They could also research the function of individual flower parts. Students could learn more about the value of plants to humans by choosing one of the species from the book and finding out more about the products produced by the plant.  They could do a poster project where they describe and diagram the process from plant to final product.

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Themes Addressed

  • Ecosystems (2)

    • Appreciating the Natural World
    • Biodiversity
  • Land Use & Natural Resources (1)

    • Planting Native Species