Rainbow Stew The Nature Book List

A rainy day in the garden gathering vegetables for the title recipe is the story of this delightful picture book. The fun rhyming words (splish, splash, puddle dash) evoke all the senses and actions while building vocabulary and conceptual understanding. The garden to table process continues with the preparation of Rainbow Stew to the delight of all (Howl! Yowl! Tummies growl), and the charming pictorial demonstration of everyone reading together while the stew cooks is a perfect literacy bonus. 


Educator notes:

  • Book features the natural garden world and would fit in perfectly with a food literacy program.
Author: Cathryn Falwell Illustrator: Publication year: 2014 Publisher: Lee & Low ISBN: 9781600608476 Number of pages: NAAEE: Strand 1: Questioning, Analysis, and Interpretation Skills Find At Your Library


Pick, Pull, Snap!: Where a Flower Once Bloomed  books

This brightly colored book uses accurate botanical drawings to illustrate the progression of flower to fruit, and serves as an introduction to pollination. Text explores the relationship between the various types of pollination - insect, wind and self - and the flower and fruit shapes. This comparison/contrast method puts plant diversity and the interconnectivity of nature in general on cheerful visual display.

Educator notes:

  • Book features the natural garden world for readers to explore and can be used as part of a wider curriculum on botany, nature or agriculture.
Author: Lola M. Schaefer Illustrator: Lindsay Barrett George Publication year: 2008 Publisher: Harper Collins ISBN: 9780688178345 Number of pages: NAAEE: Strand 1: Questioning, Analysis, and Interpretation Skills Find At Your Library
Topic: nature, food literacy, botany, gardening, Age: Primary (K-3) Active Learning Strategy: Identification Activity

Type: Hands on experiment and identification activity

Title: All about Seeds

Learning Objectives: The student will:

  • Participate in dissecting a sampling of flowers, fruits and vegetables to investigate flower parts and find seeds.
  • Identify where seeds are in different fruits and vegetables ie: strawberry seeds are on the outside not the inside of the fruit.
  • Discuss observations and ask questions to gain knowledge of seeds and pollination


Description: In this exercise, students will have the opportunity to explore the parts of flowers, fruit and vegetables and to observe and describe the relationship between flower and fruit. A comparison and contrast of flowers will highlight the different types of pollination that exist and enhance the discussion of plant growth and diversity.


  • Selection of seeds, fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables
  • Cutting tools, magnifying glasses
  • Bulletin board or white board to display plant growth stages from seed to fruit and pollination types


Guided and Independent Practice:

Lead discussion involving comparison of flower parts, seeds and fruit and vegetables. Allow children to touch and play with flowers and seeds and talk about how they become fruit and vegetables. This activity also lends itself well to using a K-W-L chart which can be done on a whiteboard or in general discussion. Colored printables, magazine or other colored pictures could be used to create a bulletin board or mural display. Allow the children to discuss and explain what they have seen, how it changes, and what they now know is required to produce individual fruits and vegetables.



This activity can be adapted in so many different ways and with different literature texts. As part of a larger curriculum about nature and agricultural literacy, this activity is a wonderfully engaging introduction to seeds and the plant production process. The sensory portion is key, in my opinion, to connect children with actual flowers, seeds and plants, and a garden visit/demonstration would reinforce and enhance the instruction and knowledge retention rate. This activity will also help students practice their observation skills in nature and construct questions based on those observations. Discussion about familiar plants and what their seeds and fruits look like is a great exercise to demonstrate the variety of "fruits" that exist.