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The Seed: A Story for Early Readers

Updated on November 9, 2012

Share the Story With Your Child

The Seed is an original story written for early readers and provides opportunity to teach the virtue of caring for living things and the environment. Use the following ideas to support the reading of the story and explore valuable learning opportunities.

  • Cut the story into sections and illustrate pages to make into a book.
  • When reading the story stop at points to create mental pictures.
  • Plant a seed and record observations as it grows overtime.
  • Talk about what different living things need in order to survive and grow.
  • Pretend to be a seed that grows until it reaches high in the sky.
  • Learn more about the oak tree and find one in your area if possible.
  • Discuss all the things that trees gives us.
  • Talk about the importance of respecting trees in our environment.


The Seed

It was a windy day.

A seed from an oak tree drifted softly in the air.

It landed on a park bench.

The wind stopped blowing and the seed sat very still.

“This is not a good place for me” said the seed.

‘I will wither away if I stay here.”

A young boy was strolling in the park and sat down on the bench.

He quickly noticed the seed and placed it in his hand.

“This is not a good spot for you” said the boy.

“You will not grow here."

The young boy kept the seed in his hand and traveled home.

When he arrived he knew what he wanted to do.

“I will plant you in a very special place,” he said.

The young boy got a pot.

He placed the seed in soil and gently patted it down.

He gave the seed some water and put it in the sun.

The seed felt safe tucked in the soft moist dirt.

“I will not wither away now. I will live and grow strong!”

The young boy returned everyday to water the seed.

He watched and waited patiently for it to grow.

One morning the boy went to visit the seed.

When he looked into the pot his eyes widened with surprise.

“A green shoot has come up!” shouted the boy.

He gently touched it and admired the proud green sprout.

“You are beautiful!” he smiled.

“I will take care of you so you can grow to be very big one day.”


The seed liked hearing those words.

It wanted to be big, with strong branches to reach high up in the sky!

The little seed could feel the sun on its new green leaf.

It tried stretching as tall as it could towards it.

“Tomorrow I will reach even higher,” thought the seed.

“I will grow to be a magnificent Oak Tree!

And one day... I will give back to you."



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    • Sturgeonl profile image

      Sturgeonl 5 years ago

      It is wonderful to receive your comments and I also hope parents can use this activity to bond with their kids. Thanks teaches12345.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Sturgeionl, what a great story idea. I always enjoy teaching when it involves the interaction of students. Having them do the activities suggested will increase their love of nature and creativity. Parents should use this as a way to bond with their kids. Voted up and across.

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      Sturgeonl 5 years ago

      Thank you so much Sinea Pies and Michele Travis for your comments about this story! I am very happy you enjoyed it. I hope many children get to also!

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      I love this. Parents with young children can learn how to help their children to develop better. Thank you so much for writing this.

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      Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

      What a great children's story. It paints such a picture and can be used to develop talk in many areas of study in a way that youngest minds can understand.