The Dandelion Seed

My goal has always been (and continues to be) to connect you with high-quality picture books that meet your curriculum needs.

So what’s new about this blog…and what’s the same from the previous one?
Same: Each week I’ll introduce you to a picture book with beautiful illustrations written in a creative non-fiction style. Most books also have information for teachers in the back.
Different: My lesson plans now identify Common Core and Science Standards.

The Dandelion Seed provides a great introduction to the topic of seed dispersal. The story follows the life of  one little seed as it travels through the seasons and develops into a full-grown dandelion plant. It’s metaphorical message of taking risks and courageously facing challenges is appropriate for all ages.

Suggested Grade Level
Read Aloud: K-3; Independent Reading: 1-3; Lesson Plan K-3


Dandelions are a familiar flower that grow along roadsides and on mountainsides, in meadows and forests, in your backyard and throughout the world!

1. Follow these directions for three detailed K-2 lessons.
2. Use a Seed Dispersal Inquiry Lesson based on the 5 Es (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate).

Common Core Connection
~Reading and Literature: Key Ideas and Details (K.3, 1.3, 2.1); Craft and Structure (K.6, 1.6, 2.5, 3.6); Integration and Knowledge of Ideas (K.7, 1.7, 2.7, 3.7); Range of Difficulty and Text Complexity 1.10, (2.10, 3.10)
~Writing: Test Types and Purposed (1.3,2.3, 3.3)

Science Framework Connection
~Structure and Function (K, 1, 2)
~Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems (K, 2)
~Inheritance and Variation of Traits (3)

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