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Read-Aloud Lesson Plan Title: The Carrot Seed Author: Ruth Krauss Illustrator: Crockett Johnson Suggested Grade Level: Kindergarten Strategy: Summarizing Submitted by: Pam Potter and Helen McBride School: Wrens Elementary School Planning This is a fiction book that provides opportunities to discuss sequencing events and could also provide a science and math link. Before Reading: I like gardening and to be a gardener you have to know how to plant things. Last summer I planted flowers around my mailbox. I used seeds to plant my favorite flowers, marigolds. Prepare Did you know that you also have to use seeds to plant some fruits and vegetables? Do you have a favorite flower, fruit, or vegetable that you would like to plant? I’m going to read a book to you called The Carrot Seed. This book is about a little boy who plants a seed and watches it grow even though his family is skeptical. As I read, you can summarize. Summarizing is something that good readers know how to do. Summarizing is using what you know about the story and the parts of the story. First, a story has a beginning, middle, and end. The beginning tells us about the characters and the setting. The middle tells us the problem, and the end shows us the solution to the problem. Think about this as I read. During Reading: After a “carrot seed” - Who is the first character we are introduced to? What is the Guide setting? Who can tell me something about the character? In the beginning, we meet a little boy who has planted a carrot seed. We can tell that he is outside. After the big brother says, “It won’t come up.” - What is the problem? Who are the other characters that we met? What does the little boy do every day to help the seed grow? In the middle, the family tells the little boy that they don’t think the seed will “come up”. They are skeptical. This means they think the seed will not grow. The little boy takes care of the seed every day. What do you think will happen next and at the end of the story? At the end: How did the story end? Did the boy keep trying to take care of his seed or did he give up? How would you feel if someone kept telling you it was not possible or you couldn’t do something? Would you give up? After Reading: Who can summarize? Remember to tell about the beginning, middle, and end of the story and the characters, setting, problem, and solution. Extend Is there another story we have read similar to this story that talks about not giving up? (Relate to The Little Engine that Could.) Vocabulary Lesson Think about some of the words we heard in this story that we need to know. One word is sprinkled. To sprinkle means to spread around or spray. I like to sprinkle a little sugar on my cereal. Many people like to sprinkle salt on French fries or other foods. Can anyone else make a sentence using the word sprinkled? This word was not in our story, but I said that the little boy’s family was skeptical about his seed growing. Skeptical means that you are unsure or you don’t think something can be done. The boy was skeptical about making the basket during a basketball game. Can anyone else make a sentence using the word skeptical? Is there anything that you are skeptical about? We will place these words with our vocabulary word lists and see if we can find these words in other stories we read.
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