Sunday, April 15, 2012

Lil Garden Cuties & a Freebie!


Hey blogging friends! Just a little post to share some of the things that we've been working on this past week...PLANTS! Plants that grow up, down and around! Tops of plants-Bottoms of plants! My firsties really thought the idea of eating the root of a plant was hilarious! {I guess it does sound kinda funny!} Well, have you seen this book?
It's such a hoot! The silly rabbit tricks the lazy bear & gets all the "good parts" of the plants. It's a super-fun book for teaching about plants. After we read the story, we created a little chart to list where different foods grow-above the ground or below the ground.
We also just "planted" our bean seeds this week. {What I mean by "planted" is...planted in a ziploc bag with a wet paper towel!} We are patiently waiting for these "magic bean seeds" to sprout & keeping track of all this excitement in our "Bean Seed Observation Journals". One of my sweeties predicted that her bean seed was going to grow into a beautiful rose. You never know what you're gonna get when you plant a magic bean seed! Too cute!

And our week just wouldn't be complete without a cutie-patootie writing craftivity to go along with it. I had the students write about which part of the plant that they liked-Tops or Bottoms? Then we made these Lil Garden Cuties-only thing we're missing is a little mud!
If you would like to see more of the Lil Garden Cuties, just click the pic below!
And.....yep! here's the little FREEBIE that I promised. Just click the pic below to download your copy! Be sure to leave me a little shout-out & let me know what you think!

Only 27 MORE DAYS! {that was in my loud, squeeky, excited voice!} Are you counting down the days also???

20 comments:

  1. That does look like a very cute book. I'll have to read it next year.The Lil Garden Cuties are adorable!

    Lori (luvyorkies@gmail.com)
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

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  2. I love doing that book! It was in our reading series on 3rd, but I do it anyway in 2nd :)

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  3. I LOVE Tops & Bottoms. In fact, while I was still going to school I used that book to write a readers' theater. Love your garden cuties too! Thanks for the freebie!

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  4. I love that book! It is one of my favorites! I am glad you posted about it. I need to read it to my kids!!

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  5. Great book!! I love your garden cuties! They really are cute!!

    April
    Wolfelicious

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  6. Just purchased this precious packet! Can't wait to use! LOVE this book! Thank you, Christie!


    Laura
    Peace, Love, and First Grade

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  7. Love it. That is one of my favorite books!! We have 31 days...yours sounds so much better!!
    Robynn
    BusyBees

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  8. Love these ideas! I am reading "The Enormous Potato" tomorrow to my class, and will go to the library to try to pick up this book! Can I ask, where do you get your adorable clip art?

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  9. My second graders just did "grew" bean seeds for our Science unit on life cycles. We did the bag and paper towel too! I wish we had had the Observation Journal. They took their bean sprouts home last Friday. I will have to get it and save it for next year.

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  10. Love! I'm starting plants soon and will have to go get the unit. I just started a blog and would love if you could come follow.

    totallyterrificteachingtools.blogspot.com

    Lohren Nolan

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  11. That's a very cute book, isn't it? I'm going to have to dig it out :)
    Thanks.

    ❀Barbara❀
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

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  12. Found your blog from TBA! I am your newest follower:) Stop by and visit me...

    learnplayandhavefun.blogspot.com

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  13. I just purchased your 'tops n bottoms' unit...it looks great! Love the book and now a project to go along with it for our Plant Unit. Perfect! thanks

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  14. I just bought this! Can't wait to use it in my class :)

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  15. Just found your blog, so glad I did. You have the cutest ideas. I am going to purchase this unit, it looks great. Your little ones are so lucky to have such a creative teacher. I am your newest follower.
    Rhonda
    Classroom Fun

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  16. Hi Christie,
    Just yesterday I saw that copyright laws were being violated on Pinterest because people were pinning stuff from blogs and that if it's okay to pin stuff from a blog, that the blogger will have a certain "permission to pin" sign on their blog...? I'd never heard of this before. I follow you on Pinterest, but wanted to make sure it was okay to pin your anchor chart for Tops and Bottoms! I love it!

    -Katie - katierhoads@gmail.com

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  17. I purchased Lil Garden Cuties but where is the bean prediction part? I thought it came with it :(

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    1. Hey Belinda! Just click on the pic of the Bean Center above & it will link right to the page that you can download the FREEBIE center. Thanks! :)

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  18. Where can I get the bean seed observation book?

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