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The kindergarteners in Room 6 are growing a salad! Their teacher Mrs. Best brought seeds and young plants to school. The children prepared the soil and planted the seeds and seedlings. Now they water, measure, and watch as the plants grow bigger, taller, riper! How long will it be until the vegetables are ready to harvest and make a delicious salad?

Planting a garden--in the ground or in containers--is a popular project at home and in school. This book includes scientific information written at a level understandable to young children. It is ideal to use with STEM or STEAM curriculums.

Joyful photographs show kids planting, tending the garden, and harvesting (and eating!) the results. The Life Cycles in Room 6 series follows a real kindergarten class and engages readers with hands-on science in the classroom and beyond. Look for the other books in this series: Hatching Chicks in Room 6(Charlesbridge, 2017) and Butterflies in Room 6(Charlesbridge, 2019).

Curriculum Links
  • Language Arts: comprehension strategy--compare and contrast, main idea/details strategy, cause and effect relationships
  • Science: Life science--plant growth and development.
  • Prizes and Awards
  • Junior Library Guild Gold Selection, Spring 2022
  • Children's Projects

    Growing Citrus Seeds

    The seeds of oranges, lemons, and grapefruit can grow into nice houseplants. Plant them in potting soil, and place on a sunny windowsill. When the plants are matchstick size, choose the strongest one and pull out the others. Gardeners thin their plants so that they have plenty of room to grow.

    Birdseed Garden

    If you have a pet bird or a bird feeder for wild birds, you can try growing birdseed. Plant your birdseed in a pot filled with potting soil. The small, round seeds are millet. Sunflower seeds, if planted outdoors, will grow into plants much taller than you are.

    Herbs and Spices

    Many herbs and spices are seeds. You might find caraway, cardamom, celery, anise, mustard, sesame, or poppy seeds on your spice shelf. Try planting some of them to see if they will grow. You can fill an egg carton with potting soil and plant a different kind of seed in each cup. Use a craft stick to label each section. When a plant is about two inches tall, it should be transplanted to a larger container.

    Other ROOM 6 Books by Caroline Arnold
  • Hatching Chicks in Room 6(Charlesbridge, 2017)
  • Butterflies in Room 6(Charlesbridge, 2019)
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