Parts of a Flower
Learning about the parts of a flower is a large part of our Spring science exploration.
We learned important ideas through an experiement and art project.
First, we discussed the sections in plants: stem, leaves, roots, and petals. I use the book Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert to help explain plants and flowers.
I drew a flower on the board and the children helped me label the parts and explain what each piece does for a flower.
This was a great assessment because many of my students had ideas about plants that were quite off, so I was able to point them in the correct direction right away.
Next, we went outside with spoons and cups to find the different parts of the flower. The children dug in the play yard and found several plants and flowers to observe.
The rules were: do not dig up things that will not fit in the cup, do not throw dirt, and "Scientists do not hurt nature - only take what you need".
The kids LOVED digging up roots and plants! They were squealing with joy! They would have dug all day, but I cut them off at 20 minutes.
Then, we came back into class to observe the plants. We used hand lenses to look at the plants in the cups. Each student also had a piece of paper to record their data. I have really talked to the children this year about recording their information - writing to learn!
After each student had recorded their data on the paper they created illustrations to correlate with it.
Finally, each student made a construction paper diagram of their flower. They labeled the parts and wrote a sentence about their flower.
This project was highly successful because it tied in hands-on activities, art, and real world objects. My students were so excited about their flowers they dug up - many took them home to plant... I haven't heard how that's going yet, but at least they are thinking!
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