Summary from Scholastic:
Carried from its flower home by the autumn wind, a tiny seed travels around the world. Its journey is perilous, and the reader learns the fate of fellow seeds: they can fall into the ocean, be burned by the sun, or be eaten by birds. Even those seeds that land and begin to grow are in danger of being stepped on or picked. Against the odds, however, this tiny seed survives to grow into a grand, beautiful flower, ready, in turn, to send its seeds out into the world on the wind.
How to Use The Tiny Seed in the Classroom:
- Animals spread seeds in their fur, by eating the seeds then dispersing them later when they release their waste (kids love this fact), and other ways. Water and wind can spread seeds too. Have students identify how seeds spread with an activity, Seed Dispersal (PDF), from BBSRC.
- Have students identify and diagram the structure and function of the four main parts of a flowering plant: stem, root, leaf, and flower.
- Identify what plants need in order to go through photosynthesis: right climate, carbon dioxide, light, water, and nutrients.
- Have students use scientific knowledge and what they’ve learned in the book to diagram the life cycle of a flowering plant. Don’t forget to encourage students to include death and seed reproduction; we often forget to talk about those essential parts of an organism’s life cycle.
- Dig really deep and check out Next Generation’s Storylines: ‘Why Is Our Corn Changing?’.
- With older students, you can identify other ways plants can grow besides seeds: cuttings, bulbs, grafting, spores…
- Check out Bright Hub Education for even more ideas.
- Video Clip: Florida’s Natural- Great Learning Commercial
- Touch of Class: Classifying Organisms
- How was the symbolism of flowers relevant to Medieval and Renaissance art?
- Wonderopolis: Can Insects Eat Plants?
- Includes video and informational text. Learn more about Wonderopolis.
The Tiny Seed is a great book to help students learn and understand flowering plants. I do not believe in being bogged down with reading level. Sure, this book may be on a low reading level for the 4th and 5th grade classroom (The Tiny Seed is 3.2 reading level or 400L), but the science concepts you can teach from this book are deep. It’s okay to “read outside the Lexile” especially when your primary goal is content learning.
Have you read The Tiny Seed with your students or child? How have you used this book beyond reading comprehension?
Updated March 7, 2018.