Texas Plant Life

Books to Share

  • From Acorn to Oak Tree by Jan Kottke.
  • The Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie DePaola.
  • Sunflower by Miela Ford and Sally Noll.
  • Way Out in the Desert by T.J. Marsh and Jennifer Ward.

Books to Display and Booktalk

  • Cactus Hotel by Brenda Z. Guiberson.
  • Life Cycle of an Oak Tree by Angela Royston.
  • Sunflowers by Mary Ann McDonald.
  • The Tree That Would Not Die by Ellen Levine.

Display

Texas Wildflowers

In the display case, hang a poster of Texas wildflowers and display Texas wildflower books and surround them with artificial bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush.

Fingerplay

Counting Tumbleweeds

(Show the children a tumbleweed. They may be purchased at craft stores.)

Ten little tumbleweeds by the corral gate; (Hold up both hands fingers extended)


The wind whooshed two away, and then there were eight. (Whoosh hands from side to side and then bend two fingers)


Eight little tumbleweeds said, "Oh, fiddlesticks! They danced in the wind." (Wiggle fingers)


Then there were six. (Bend down two fingers)


Six little tumbleweeds went out to explore;


Along came a whirlwind, and then there were four. (Move hands in a circular motion and then bend down two fingers)


Four little tumbleweeds admiring the view;


Then there came a gentle breeze; so there were two. (Bend down two fingers)


Two little tumbleweeds; round and round they spun (Move hand in a circular motion, then bend down the remaining two fingers)


Until they were out of sight; then there were none! (Hands behind back)

Crafts

Texas Sunflower

Copy the pattern of the sunflower. Let the children color it and glue sunflower seeds in the center of the flower.

Paper Flower

Materials

  • Tissue paper (various colors)
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Scissors

Directions

In advance, cut three sizes of circles of various colors from tissue paper. The children sort them by size and lay them down with the largest on the bottom and the smallest on top. A parent or adult pokes two holes near the middle of them. The child laces a pipe cleaner through one hole and then through the other, making the ends even, and twists the two ends together to make a stem for a flower.

Reader's Theatre

Desert Life Play

Choose ten children to be the mothers and ten more to be the baby animals in the story, Way Out in the Desert. Let each set of mother/child characters acts out their parts as you read the story.

Chant

Treaty Oak Chant

(By Tina Irene Hager, based on the events depicted in the book, The Tree That Would Not Die)

(Treaty Oak is 500 years old and is in Austin, Texas. Legends say that Stephen F. Austin and Indian leaders signed a peace treaty underneath the tree. The tree's life almost came to an end when someone poisoned it in 1989. It still survives in Austin today.)

Children: Treaty Oak, Treaty Oak, what do you see?


Librarian: I see a buffalo rubbing against me.


Children: Treaty Oak, Treaty Oak, what do you see?


Librarian: I see the first people living around me.


Children: Treaty Oak, Treaty Oak, what do you see?


Librarian: I see the Spaniards building around me.


Children: Treaty Oak, Treaty Oak, what do you see?


Librarian: I see a peace talk right beneath me.


Children: Treaty Oak, Treaty Oak, what do you see?


Librarian: I see the land being settled around me.


Children: Treaty Oak, Treaty Oak, what do you see?


Librarian: I see Austin, Texas growing around me.


Children: Treaty Oak, Treaty Oak, what do you see?


Librarian: I see the Depression going on around me.


Children: Treaty Oak, Treaty Oak, what do you see?


Librarian: I see a man, I think he's poisoning me.


Children: Treaty Oak, Treaty Oak, what do you see?


Librarian: I see people trying to save me.


Children: Treaty Oak, Treaty Oak, what do you see?


Librarian: I see people who care about me.


Children: Treaty Oak, Treaty Oak, what do you see?


Librarian: I see my children, growing by me.

Games and Activities

Oak Tree and Acorn Hunt

Hide acorns around your storytime room. At the end of the program, have an acorn hunt. Or, take the children outside to look at an oak tree and to collect acorns to take home and plant.

Life Cycle of the Oak Tree

Using the oak tree life cycle page at the end of this chapter, match the pictures with the cycles.

Guest Speakers

Invite a Parks and Recreation Department representative, a plant nurseryman, or a landscaper to speak to the children about their work.

Professional Video

Texas Wildflowers. (15 minutes)

 



Texas Reading Club 2002 Programming Manual / Read Across Texas!


Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011