Oh Say Can You Seed?
written by Bonnie Worth
2013 (Oceanhouse Media)
Source: Review copy provided the publisher
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The Cat in the Hat meets Dick and Sally by a giant gum tree. He wants to teach them about how plants start as seeds. First, he explains that plants are used to produce many items such as clothing, food, medicine, and paper. Next, he uses the bean seed to show his two friends how plants begin. Three charts featuring the embryo, the cotyledon (provides food for the embryo), and the seed coat. Yes, the word cotyledon is used. With the Read to Me feature, this Cat does not talk down to learners but lifts them up to higher learning levels. After watering the seed, the trio explores the shoot system of a plant by going underground to view the roots. They learn what the roots do and how they benefit a plant. The stem and leaves get the same detailed treatment. Photosynthesis is one of the processes explored in this part of the book. The Cat starts with how leaves take in carbon dioxide through a stoma. A great diagram with labels shows how sunlight and water combine with the air to create food and produce oxygen. Thing Two displays another detailed diagram that shows how pollen helps produce seeds. If you are using this app with young learners, you will have to guide them through this part because it is pretty high level information involving fertilization. This tour of plants ends with a discussion of how seeds can travel. Bur and dandelion seeds are featured. The Cat leaves the scene by exiting on a giant beanstalk.
Like other apps in The Cat in the Hat Learning Library, you are receiving a thorough treatment of the subject. I'm really impressed by the detailed lesson in this app. It's not something that you should just hand to a young reader for independent use. They will need some help with the concepts. You could hand it to a struggling middle school reader who needs to know about photosynthesis and plant fertilization. I would recommend a headset and privacy so they don't feel stigmatized. This is a terrific app you could use for a unit on plants.