The Dandelion Seed Lesson Plan
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5
The bright and detailed illustrations in The Dandelion Seed make it a favorite with students. Students enjoy recreating the world of the seed in the form of a map.
Students will "find and name locations on maps and express simple relationships, e.g., near to, far away from." -Massachusetts Mathematics Curriculum Framework
- The Dandelion Seed by Joseph Anthony
- Drawing paper, one large sheet per student
- Colored pencils
Step 1: Explain to students that they will be drawing a map that tracks the path of the dandelion seed in the story The Dandelion Seed. It is sometimes best to read the book once straight through, and then a second time to provide time for drawing.
Step 2: Have students block off areas of their paper to create the different sections of their maps. For example, when the dandelion seed is crossing on front of the car, have students draw a road. The order in which they will be adding features to their map should following the book: a flower garden by a house, a road, a city, and a seacoast bordered by a field and leading to a mountain.
Step 3: While reading the book aloud a second time, pace yourself so that students have the opportunity to draw the geographical features without feeling rushed.
Step 4: After the second read aloud, students may choose to study the illustrations in order to add other details to their maps. They may want to draw the farm buildings in the field where the seed landed, or some more extensive roadways near the city.
Step 5: Students can then use the colored pencils to add color to their maps, and the writing pencils to label them.
Using construction paper, have students work together to create a map that can be posted on the bulletin board. Once the art work is done, have them use index cards for labeling. Have students create a map key for their individual map.