Children listen to and discuss the book The Carrot Seed, by Ruth Krauss.
This is a story about a little boy who plants a carrot seed.
Every day, the little boy sprinkled the ground with water.
- The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
- Familiarize yourself with the pictures and text in The Carrot Seed.
Directions: Lessons 2, 4
Circle Time: Introduction
- Introduce the book The Carrot Seed. Draw attention to and discuss the art on the cover. Possible discussion ideas:
- What is this boy doing?
- What do you think is going to happen to that carrot seed? What is your prediction?
- Read the story aloud. Pause occasionally to ask questions, such as:
- Do you think a carrot plant is going to come up? What do you predict will happen? Why do you predict that? Does anyone have a different prediction?
- Do you think the carrot plant will come up today? Do you think it will come up tomorrow? Turn to a friend and share when you think the carrot plant will come up.
- Why do you think the boy is sprinkling the ground with water?
- Wow, that’s a huge carrot plant! Where do you think the carrot is? How do you know?
- At the end of the book, remark that the little boy was very patient. He knew that seeds could take a long time to grow. Sometimes you have to wait and wait and wait before a plant pops out of the soil.
- On repeat readings, once children have been taking care of their own plants for several days, help them make connections to their own experiences. Possible discussion ideas:
- How did the little boy take care of his carrot seed?
- How are we taking care of the seeds that we have planted?