Adventures in First Grade

Monday, April 2, 2012

Agriculture in the Classroom

I have been lucky enough to attend several Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom workshops.  I would assume that other states have similar programs.  The speakers always share neat activities, and free books are given away.  I am not sure if there are as many freebies anymore, though, because of budget issues. 

I bring this up because I wanted to share with you some of these books that are awesome to use during a plant unit.

The first book that I would like to introduce you to is Why the Brown Bean was Blue:  The Story of a Soybean Frown Turned Upside Down by Susan M. Pankey.  It talks about the many things that are made from the soybean.

Another good story is Bread Comes to Life:  A Garden of Wheat and a Loaf to Eat by George Levenson.

This book takes the reader from the wheat field to a kitchen where bread is handmade.

The third book is From Plant to Blue Jeans by Arthur John L'Hommedieu.

This book is fantastic because it shows children how some of the clothes that they wear start as plants!  It takes them from the field, to the processing plants, to stores.

George Washington Carver is one of our first grade S.O.L.s, so I always talk about him during my plant unit.  An excellent book that I use is called A Weed is a Flower:  The Life of George Washington Carver by Aliki.

This is a great book that talks about Carver's life and love of plants.

What interesting books do you use with your plant unit?

Happy Monday (Countdown to Spring Break....3 days)!!


  1. We have Ag in the Classroom! It is awesome they have wonderful workshops every summer that are bus tours to various ag related industries and farm and ranches around the state. They are the best summer PD.

    First Grade @ Klinger Cafe

  2. These are great book ideas! Thank you for sharing!
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher