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Grade 2 Books Overview

Enemy Pie - Derek Munson

Hey, Little Ant - Phillip & Hannah Hoose

Pinduli - Janell Cannon

The Summer My Father was Ten - Pat Brisson


A Ball For All - Brigitte Weninger (Discontinued)

Bat's Big Game - Margaret Read Macdonald (Discontinued)

The Summer My Father was Ten – Activity #1: “Sowing Seeds”

  • Grade 2
  • The Summer My Father was Ten – Activity #1: “Sowing Seeds”

Activity #1: “Sowing Seeds”

The purpose of this activity is to have the students be able to experience planting seeds, monitoring the growth of a plant, and taking responsibility for the care of a plant. This activity will take a couple of weeks from beginning to end.


  • Marigold seeds are recommended as they sprout in 5-7 days. Alternatively bush beans, sweet peas, radishes, and nasturtium are fast sprouting seeds as well. Plant seeds 1/8 inch deep.
  • Observation Recording Sheet
  • Planting soil
  • Planting pots such as jars, tins, or biodegradable pots (made by rolling 4×10 inch strips of newspaper around a small can leaving 1 inch off bottom. Press and fold the 1 inch end around the bottom and press firmly together or tape in place). Add soil.

Teacher Preparation:

  • Print Observation Recording Sheet (each sheet allows two days to observe and record so multiply by number of days you have students observe and record)
  • Purchase seeds and soil
  • Collect/purchase plant pots or make newspaper ones


Step by Step:

Step One: Place soil into containers and label with student’s name.

Step Two: Have students press seed JUST below the surface of the soil. Add small amount of water.

Step Three: Have students record on Observation Recording Sheet each of their steps.

Step Four: As the seed begins to sprout, have the student record the information on the Observation Recording Sheet.


End Product:

Students will complete an activity that provides them with an opportunity to learn about the growth and care of a plant, while also practicing responsibility. As the students experience the process, they reflect on how Mr. Bellavista may have felt when the young boys ruined his carefully tended garden.

*Part of this activity was taken from the Responsive Classroom





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