Featured Book: August 9, 2015

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"Rosie Sprouts Time to Shine" Book Cover
Author: Allison Wortche
Illustrator: Patrice Barton

Book Summary: “Rosie’s rival, Violet, outdoes her in everything until the class plants seeds for a unit on gardening.”

This story brought me back to my teaching days of working to establish a positive and collaborative learning environment, and it brought me back to my student days of wanting to be noticed and praised. This story also tells the tale of so many elementary science experiences of growing your own plant and the excitement that it brings. Allison Wortche does a clever job of telling Rosie’s tale while incorporating scientific concepts and skills.

Science Topics

  • Plants
  • How to grow a plant
  • What a plant needs
  • Gardening
  • Plant vocabulary
  • Science notebook/lists

Literacy Connections

  • Evidence based writing
  • Creating charts
  • Creating supporting illustrators
  • Science notebooks
  • Lists
  • Communicating findings

Sociocultural Connections

  • The role of competition
  • Classroom environment
  • Noticing and praising each and every student

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