December 9, 2013

Some Plant Books We've Read So Far

We've been doing a fair amount for our plant unit but I haven't posted anything because my cord that allows me to upload my pics to the computer isn't working.  I asked my techie husband (he's a computer programmer) for help and he said, "That cord always seemed junky to me."  Hmm.

In the meantime, here's a review for some of the books we've read so far--all available from the Davis County Library System.

We really liked this book: Look What I Did With a Leaf by Morteza E. Sohi.  The book discusses how to make pictures out of leaves, including how to prep your leaves.  We tried this (pics to come) but we waited a tad too long in the season and couldn't find many high quality leaves.

Autumn Leaves by Ken Robbins was chock full of pretty fall photography.  It was extremely helpful to us when we made our Types of Leaves chart.  This is a great book for anyone, whether you're studying plants or not.

My children adore the book Plantzilla by Jerdine Nolen.  We've checked it out before but had to read it again for our plant unit.  This is not an educational book--but it is loads of fun.

Freaky Plant Facts: Extreme Greens by Ellen Lawrence is not as "extreme" as the cover makes out, but it does showcase some really interesting plants.  I read this book and Plantzilla on our "build interest" first day of the unit.

Another good one that we read on the "build interest" day is Celebritrees: Historic and Famous Trees of the World by Margi Preus.

The next four books we read on the same day and then made a 3D model of a flower (pics to follow eventually).  I liked them all and would recommend reading all four, even though From Bird Poop to Wind and Flip, Float, Fly cover the same material.  I thought the two books reinforced each other without boring the kids because they are polar opposite in style.
 Once There Was a Seed by Judith Anderson and Mike Gordan.
 The Magic School Bus Plants Seeds by Joanna Cole.
 From Bird Poop to Wind: How Seeds Get Around by Ellen Lawrence.

Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move by JoAnn Early Macken.

The rest of the books we've read for plants have not been recommend worthy.

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