We are learning about gardens. Last week, we learned about garden plants and their different parts. One of the parts of a plant is the flower!
I love the conversations I have with the students whenever I introduce a new topic. I asked the question, “Where on a plant is a flower? The top or the bottom?” Most students said the top, but one said the bottom. Then, he explained what he was thinking. “Sometimes on a plant, the flower is lower on the bush.” We talked about how the flower may be lower on the bush, but it’s on the end of the stem at the top of the stem. I love listening to their reasoning and their ideas.
Our first activity we did was create our very own play dough flower garden. Each student’s flowers were unique. Mother Goose Time sent flower cards to go with this activity. The students were suppose to roll the die and create the kind of flower that they rolled. The students all decided that they would rather come up with their own flowers instead of coping the flower cards. I was impressed by how creative they were.
For our Art activity, we made flower hats. The students each made their flower with their favorite colors. They used crayons and markers to color their hats. I love how much detail the students used to make their flowers.
Our last activity we did for flowers, was a literacy activity. We used the flower picture that came in the bag from Mother Goose Time to play a game. I taught the students about pollination. We pretended that cotton balls were pollen and we needed to pollinate the flowers. We each took turns using tweezers to pick up the cotton balls off the flower and carry it over to the letter “F” card. When they dropped the cotton ball on letter ‘f’ card, they either had to make the sound, “fffffff” or say a word that starts with the letter “F”. The students did awesome! I love how this activity used fine motor skills as well as taught them about the letter “F”.
I have loved learning about gardens this month. We planted an herb garden last week, but by the time we were done learning about flowers the students were begging me to plant a flower garden. They love to apply their learning to real life. And I love that they do that too.
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