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???


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

    Lori (
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

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

  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!

  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!!

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


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

    Peace, Love, and First Grade

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

  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?

  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.

  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.

    Lohren Nolan

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

    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

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

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

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

  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.
    Classroom Fun

  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 -

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

    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! :)

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

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