Plant Diary & Apple Seed Drama Freebies

Do you remember our beanie babies? Not all of them survived their baggie/necklace homes:))

So I bought some sunflower seeds. Everyone has planted a sunflower and some lucky ones have also planted their beanie babies.

We're keeping track of their growth with a weekly diary.  You can click either image to grab.

Last week I did this drama activity with my kids that was quite amazing. I dictated the story below (A Tree Grows) while the children silently acted it out.

I paused throughout the narration and tapped several children on the shoulder. Those children said one word describing how they were feeling.

At the end of the drama I gave the children an opportunity to discuss their feelings and experiences as they pretended to be small apple seeds growing into trees.

I thought it was quite powerful and the kids LOVED it!  

Click the image if you'd like the 3-page copy.  (BTW, this story has been in my file for probably 20 years and I have no idea who wrote it.)

Have a great evening!


  1. We used to do something similar to your drama...going to bookmark this for next year. Time to do it again!

    Thank you for sharing!

  2. I love this! I want to go try it with some first graders.

    First in Maine

    1. Thanks, Kimberley. I need to do this more:)

  3. I am sure your first graders had a lot of fun acting this out! Wonderful way to help them with comprehension of the story and I'm sure cute to watch. :)
    Conversations in Literacy

    1. It WAS very cute. I was pleased that they all liked doing it, too!

  4. I LOVE when you combine literacy and drama ... GREAT story! I can totally use that in my counseling.

    And thanks for the surprise in my inbox this morning; you are toooooo sweet!

    Smiles and sunshine,


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