The Carrot Seed

Key words: Instructional Strategies/General Studies/ K-6

Submitted by: Carrie McFarlane

Myers, J. (1993). Making Sense of Whole Language. Phi Delta Kappa Foundation: Bloomington: Ind.

Norris, J. (1993). Whole Language Intervention For School-Aged Children. Singular Publishing Group: San Diego: California.

Brenna Roth creator of this exact idea: Teacher of 2/3rd grade Hayes Elementary Lakewood, OH.

The Carrot Seed

Bring in a package of carrot seeds, without showing the outside of the package. Let the children examine the seeds and guess what the seeds might grow into if planted in the soil, watered and received sunlight. Make a chart of their predictions.

Pass out paper that is divided into eight sections and read the story The Carrot Seed to the class without showing them the pictures. Stop at given places and have the students draw a picture. Read the entire story and at the end of the story identify the vegetable. Encourage the students to share their picture stories. Reread the story showing the pictures. Reread the story again letting the children respond with the book "I'm Afraid It Won't Come Up."

Read the story together in pairs. Write the story out in sentence strips and put them in a scrambled order on a pocket chart. The students can then rearrange and place the story in sequential order. Another idea to use with the sentence strips is to put the sentences into phrases on the chart and have the students read and fill in the phrases.

Let the students become authors by having the teacher make a flannel story out of the characters and allowing the students to use them as props for the telling of their own Carrot Seed.

A science project can consist of germinating and planting carrot seeds. Plant the bottom of a carrot top and plant a carrot seed compare and contrast the two. Keep a calendar and record data about the seed. It's a wonderful way to introduce the scientific method and practice making predictions.

A math lesson can consist of bringing in a carrot recipe and having the students use their math skills to create an edible treat. Another math lesson could be to categorize/chart information. Bring in two hula hoops and categorize fruits and vegetables according to color, shape, texture, and size. Then go right into a health lesson about the nutritional value of fruits and vegetables.

A social studies lesson can occur by studying the different regions that grow different types of fruits and vegetables.

Uploaded by: Melissa Close/Kent State University/Deaf Education Major