Growing Readers and Writers by Teaching with Mentor Texts



Check out this mentor text for kindergarten and first grade writing.  This post features Gail Gibbon's book From Seed to Plant and includes two free activities.

Hello and welcome to to the Reading Crew's Growing Readers and Writing Link Up. On my blog you will find my mystery (seed) word in a green font . Please be sure to record them because you will need each word to enter our raffle. To help you keep track, you can print and use [this form]. We are giving away an Amazon gift card to two winners (K-2 group) and the (3-up group). 

On each blog, we will be sharing a mentor text lesson using the book we've chosen. The lesson will be modeling a reading or writing skill.  The materials that are shared may be forever freebies or may be free for a limited time. Please take note of this as you visit the blogs. 

Check out this mentor text for kindergarten and first grade writing.  This post features Gail Gibbon's book From Seed to Plant and includes two free activities.
I chose From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons.  Gail Gibbons has an excellent collection of non-fiction books that can be used at all grade levels.  The lesson freebie I will be providing is Kindergarten/1st Grade resource.

This book is beautifully illustrated and explains the parts of a flower, how seeds travel, the life cycle of a plant and a book based project at the end.

These lessons are best for kindergarten and first grade.  The writing activity addresses CCS.ELA-Literacy.W.K.8 and CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.8 With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.

It is helpful to set and display your purpose for reading before starting.  After reading the book aloud, brainstorm some answers with the class.

Check out this mentor text for kindergarten and first grade writing.  This post features Gail Gibbon's book From Seed to Plant and includes two free activities.

Next the student can take their worksheet and fill in their own answers.  Depending on your students, they can draw a picture to represent the way a seed travels, write a word, draw a picture with a word, or draw a picture with a sentence.  You know your students best!

Check out this mentor text for kindergarten and first grade writing.  This post features Gail Gibbon's book From Seed to Plant and includes two free activities.

The second activity can be used at another time.  Students may benefit from hearing the story again, or just the pages that explain the life cycle of plants.

The cards can be cut in half and students can sequence them.  Sometimes it is nice for them to try the activity on their own and check their own work with an answer key!

Check out this mentor text for kindergarten and first grade writing.  This post features Gail Gibbon's book From Seed to Plant and includes two free activities.
I found some online resources that go well with this book.
                                                 
TeachingBooks.net has some audio/video student friendly interviews with Gail Gibbons. 


This is Gail Gibbon's  personal website.


Brain Pop Jr. also has a video titled "Plant Life Cycle".  You will have to have an account to view this video.

Click the image below to download the freebies mentioned in this post.

 


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Check out this mentor text for kindergarten and first grade writing.  This post features Gail Gibbon's book From Seed to Plant and includes two free activities.




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13 comments

  1. I'm teaching plants in a few weeks, so this will be wonderful to use! I love Gail Gibbons' books! Thank you so much for sharing! :)

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by! Good luck next week, I hope you find the activities useful!

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  2. Love the student writing on Anchor Charts. The best what to get kids to use anchor charts is to give them an authentic reason for using them. This independent activity is perfect.

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    1. Thank you so much Cathy! Although shared anchor charts aren't always the pretties - you are right, they are more authentic!

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  3. What a great spring book! We were just discussing all the great text structures that Gail Gibbons has in her books! Thanks for highlighting one!

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    1. Yes Gail Gibbons is amazing! When I was co-taught second grade we used her books quite often during Writers Workshop. Thank you for stopping by!

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  4. Gail Gibbons is my favorite nonfiction author, and I have used this book several times. I love your post and the freebie you shared. It will fabulous to use this spring.
    Carla

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    1. Thank you Carla! Thank you for stopping by and your kind words. Gail Gibbons is truly a wonderful author!

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  5. I think I would fan-girl if I ever met Gail Gibbons. She is my FAVORITE nonfiction author for kids. :)

    Love your freebie. It will be wonderful for my ELL friends who need lots of visual support! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Abby @ Third Grade Bookworm

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    1. Oh my goodness I probably wouldn't be able to speak if I met her!! I have used so many of her books! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  6. Thanks for sharing! We do an author study on Gail Gibbons so this will fit in nicely.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Josie! She is a perfect author to study!

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  7. Your post is great, and I love this book too. What a great choice for spring! I also appreciate all of the teaching tips and printables. They're fabulous!

    Regards
    Amit| InstituteLaptop

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