Paired Texts > Petal Power
by Tracy Vonder Brink
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
What's the Buzz About Bees?Jacqueline Pratt-Tuke
Jacqueline Tuke explains the important role bees play in the environment.Pair “What’s the Buzz About Bees” with “Petal Power” and ask students to discuss the topic of bees. Why are bees important according to “What’s the Buzz About Bees?” and “Petal Power”? How do both texts teach about the importance of bees to plants and humans? What new information does “What’s the Buzz About Bees?” teach readers about these important pollinators?
In Bill Johnson's poem "Dragonfly," a speaker watches a dragonfly fly.Pair “Dragonfly” with “Petal Power” and ask students to compare the two texts about pollinators. What does the speaker notice about the dragonfly in the poem “Dragonfly”? What does the author teach readers about pollinators like dragonflies in “Petal Power”? How do the texts help readers appreciate dragonflies in different ways?
How Birds Beat the OddsCharles C. Hofer
In "How Birds Beat the Odds," Charles C. Hofer explains how birds use a variety of strategies to help their eggs and young survive.Pair “How Birds Beat the Odds” with “Petal Power” and ask students to discuss the topic of adaptations in the natural world. What are some different adaptations birds have to keep their eggs and babies alive according to “How Birds Beat the Odds”? What are some different adaptations plants have in order to spread their pollen according to “Petal Power”? How do the texts help readers understand how plants and animals adapt to survive?
Garden Invasion (A Central Acre Park Adventure)Jestine Ware
In "Garden Invasion (A Central Acre Park Adventure)," a miniature horse named Trix learns about invasive and native species of plants.Pair “Petal Power” with “Garden Invasion (A Central Acre Park Adventure)” so that students can learn more about plants. How do flowers help plants according to “Petal Power”? Why are some plants harmful to where they grow according to “Garden Invasion (A Central Acre Park Adventure)”? What are some of the features of the plants that Trix finds in the garden? Which of these plants have flowers and how might those flowers help the plants based on what you learned in “Petal Power”?