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By Jerdine Nolen

Suggested Ages:

Late Elementary

Themes:

Plants
Gardening

Speech Sounds:

L
T
L Blends
TH
M
V
N
Z
P
R (Pre-Vocalic)
CH
R (Vocalic)
F
R Blends
G
S
J
S Blends
K
SH

Adaptability:

Moderately

Narrative Type:

Complete Episode

Language Concepts:

Comparing/Contrasting
Describing
Vocabulary
Comprehension
Verb Tenses
Pragmatics
Sequencing
Predicting
Inferencing

Former third grader, Mortimer Henryson loves the class plant, Plantzilla. He loves Plantzilla so much that he begs his teacher, Mr. Lester, to bring him home for the summer. Throughout the book, you will see Mortimer’s love and the care he gives Plantzilla along with his parents’ concerns when Plantzilla begins to become more human-like.

This story has a Complete Episode structure with distinct Attempt/Reaction Cycles. You can adapt/simplify the text to fit the levels of various student needs

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I recommend using this book for:

  • Change
  • Loyalty

Students will need background on:

  • Gardening
  • Plants

Vocabulary:

shriek
club
permission
develop
benefit
offend
adopt
bloom
preference