Thursday, April 12, 2012

Spring is Blooming In My Room...

Have you read the book Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens? It is adorable and the best example of inferential thinking at a kindergarten level that I know of. However, I needed to build background knowledge before I read this story so my partner spent a billion dollars on fresh veggies that appear in this story. When the tops are left on carrots or the roots are left on radishes they cost twice as much! Go figure. I am sure these were all organic and I quickly realized that the children did not have labels for many of these. We used butcher paper, chalked it brown (soil) and had students put the veggies above the ground or under the ground. Then I had students put labels next to each one and we drew the roots. It was really an engaging activity for them and I will post a picture tomorrow. We had a carrot and dip party as a follow up. 


Traci said...

Love Tops & Bottoms...cute activities.
I like the carrot and dip follow up, too.
Dragonflies in First

Mrs. McKown said...

Sounds like so much fun! Never knew that the roots caused the veggies to cost more! Eek!
Love your "Parts of a Plant" labeling activity!

❤Mrs. McKown
Little Literacy Learners

msdora162 said...

We planted a garden in raised beds. We received a grant and started the plants as seeds. We had a greening of the grounds on a Saturday (family involvement) when we planted the seedlings in the raised beds. They are growing and the kids (urban city) are amazed at how good they taste. Love your work. Hope to see it on TpT very soon. Pleeeeease.

Ms. Kerri said...

I love Tops and Bottoms. It's one of my favorite books to read with the kids. I also love Janet Stevens Cook a Doodle Doo! I love your ideas for this book.
Ms. Kerri and her Krazy Kindergarten

Fran Kramer said...

I am heading for Amazon to look at Cook a Doodle Doo right now! I bet it is fantastic for a farm unit. Right?
Thanks for all the sweet comments.

Sprinkle Teaching Magic (Sheila) said...

The illustrations are fabulous in that book! Hahaha! I laughed when I read your bit about pricing of un-haircutted (I like to make up words ; ) veggies. Ridiculous! The carrot and dip party sounds yummy. Always enjoy reading your great ideas.


Sprinkle Teaching Magic

applesandabcs said...

I just noticed that book in my class library the other day and I haven't ever read it! We are doing veggies right now so I will go and check it out! Your activities look adorable!


Apples and ABC's

daleseb said...

Are you going to put this in TPT?? PLEASE!!!

Lyn Goff said...

Tops and Bottoms is one of my favorites. I love your ideas for using the book. Thanks

Kimberlee :) said...

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Two Fulbright Hugs
Teacher TimeSavers

Kristin Young said...

I love Tops & Bottoms! Any book that switches orientation and you have to hold the book "all wrong" is a winner with my kids. We do our farm unit in the fall and we made a garden similar to yours...used yarn for celery stings, googly eyes on the potatoes {couldn't help myself!}. Have a look! :)

P.S. The Hey Girl cards you took to your meet-up was hilarious. Let me know if any of you want to meet up on the EAST coast! ;)

Megan Horman said...

Do you have a template for this one. I am looking to do this next week with my Kindergarteners.

Dian said...

Your ideas are awesome! I will use your idea for Tops and Bottoms. Are you going to post this on TpT or as a freebie? I am definitely interested!

Fluttering Through First Grade said...

LOVE Tops and Bottoms! One of our favs. So fun to get them excited about spring! Have a great weekend, Fran. It's a done deal, Bear!

Terry said...

Love the story Tops and Bottoms. Will you post it on TpT or maybe a freebie/gift? Your creations are so fabulous. The carrot and dip party idea is fun.

Kristin said...

I love love love Tops and Bottoms!!! Sounds like such a fun day! :) I love telling my kids that they eat roots, leaves, stems, and flowers - and then we do!!
A Teeny Tiny Teacher

Meredith said...

Fabulous! I, too, love that book. I will steal your butcher paper idea to go along with the book and our farm unit.

Heather's Heart said...

One of my favorite plant books!

My kiddos loved the plant snack we made!

You are awesome! =)

Heather's Heart